Philips’ shaving centre in Drachten wants a completely smoke-free workplace as quickly as possible, with the smoking ban to be realised at the start of the new year.
The employees of the company can currently only smoke outside. There are no smoking areas within any the buildings. However, from January 1, Philips wants the entire factory site to be smoke-free.
This requires permission from the works council, that represents employee interests. If that is agreed, Philips and the municipality of Smallingerland will look to see if they can make walking paths in the vicinity of the company where smokers can still smoke a cigarette during their lunch break.
Apart from the ban, Philips has long been helping employees to quit smoking. They can participate in a quit smoking course on a voluntary basis.
2,100 people work at the Philips site in Drachten. At the site in Eindhoven, where 8,500 people work, there are no plans for a smoking ban.