Utah Facilities laws & HR compliance analysis

Utah Facilities: What you need to know

The Utah Safety and Health Act requires every employer to furnish employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or physical harm that is not dirty or excessively littered and is free from hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm (UT Code Sec. 34A-6-201et seq.). For more information, go to http://labor.commission.utah.gov.
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Under the revised Utah Indoor Clean Air Act (UICAA), smoking is prohibited in enclosed places of public access and indoor workplaces, including restaurants and taverns (UT Code Sec. 26-38-1et seq.; ). Company vehicles are considered workplaces.
E-cigarettes. The use of "electronic oral devices" (e-cigarettes) is also banned where indoor smoking of tobacco products is banned. Retail stores selling e-cigarettes are exempt until July 1, 2017, if patrons under the age of 19 are not permitted (UT Code Sec. 26-38-2.6).
Employer obligations. Employers must post smoking policies in well-traveled areas of their workplace. Signs indicating "no smoking," the international no-smoking symbol, or "smoking permitted" must be posted at entrances of designated areas. Employers should communicate to employees that smoking is not allowed in designated break rooms or nonsmoking areas or within 25 feet of buildings.
Smoking-permitted areas. Under the UICAA, employers that are allowed to have smoking-permitted areas in their facility must keep maintenance logs and signed statements by a certified industrial hygienist that the facility's HVAC meets UICAA requirements. Employers must provide HVAC operation specifications upon request of a local health officer if any changes are made to the facility's HVAC system.
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