As a reminder to employers with operations in Michigan, amendments to the Michigan Clean Indoor Air Act took effect on May 1, 2010. The amendments require certain modifications of the workplace, including:

  • Clearly and conspicuously posting “no smoking” signs or the international “no smoking” symbol at the entrances to and in every building or other area where smoking is prohibited under the Act (which includes most places of employment)
  • Removing all ashtrays and other smoking paraphernalia from anywhere smoking is prohibited under the Act
  • Informing individuals smoking in violation of the Act (including employees and customers) that they are in violation of state law and subject to penalties
  • Asking individuals smoking in violation of the Act to refrain from smoking and, if the individual continues to smoke in violation of the Act, asking him or her to leave the workplace

Even if your workplace was already smoke free prior to May 1, 2010, you still must post the required signs. As more and more states and local communities pass laws dealing with smoking in the workplace, employers need to make sure they remain compliant. In addition to Michigan, several other states, including California, Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin, have passed laws prohibiting smoking in the workplace.

Michigan's Department of Community help has a helpful Web site http://tinyurl.com/yhchue2 that contains answers to frequently asked questions and assistance for employers seeking to comply with the Act.

The Web site also provides a sample “Smoke Free” building decal, http://tinyurl.com/366xsut, as well as a fact sheet for employers dealing with e-cigarettes (battery powered devices that deliver nicotine by way of a vaporized solution), which are not covered by the Act (http://tinyurl.com/2wrmv5f).