Melbourne Airport please police your no smoking policy - Staff are sick of breathing smoke
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Every day Melbourne Airport Staff make the 4 minute journey from the Staff Bus drop off point to the terminal.
That's 8 minutes per day of passive smoking. Over a career of 30 years that would equate to 960 hours of passive smoking.
Along the way there are abundant signs making it plainly clear it is a no smoking area. However it's not uncommon to see at least 20-30 people standing next to these signs smoking.
Many people including myself have tried through their respective OH&S representatives to effect change, but the main body who can police the non smoking policy around public areas and thorough fares is Melbourne Airport. And the only action they have taken is to put up more signs.
Much like the broken window effect, smokers see others smoking freely next to the signs and think it must be ok, or an accepted transgression. The more social proof that smoking is ok in the non smoking area, the more smokers join in.
Research published by the Cancer Council of Victoria shows that this sort of passive smoking is deadly.
Box Hill hospital surgeon Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann lost his life in a one punch incident after trying to enforce the non smoking policy and to protect the general public. Melbourne Airport, please take a leaf from this man's book and care about the health of Staff and the Public who help your organisation be profitable. Policing this is 100 times more important than giving fines to drivers who overstay their 2 minutes at drop off points.
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