DAOD 5020-1, Smoking in the Workplace

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Standard Practice
  3. Responsbilities
  4. References

1. Introduction

Date of Issue: 1997-11-28

Date of Modification: 2004-05-14

Application: This is an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF members).

Note - Employees of the Department of National Defence (DND) are subject to the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat policy entitled Smoking in the workplace.

Approval Authority: This DAOD is issued under the authority of the Assistant Deputy Minister (Finance and Corporate Services) (ADM(Fin-CS)).

Enquiries: Director Strategic Corporate Services (DSCS)

2. Standard Practice


2.1 The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) has published a comprehensive policy on smoking in the workplace that applies to public servants, including DND employees. This policy is designed to provide a healthier, safer work environment that is free, to the extent possible, of tobacco smoke.

2.2 In keeping with the objectives of the TBS policy, a requirement exists for a similar instruction that applies to CAF members.


2.3 Smoking is prohibited in the workplace and smoking rooms may not be designated.

2.4 The workplace is any indoor or enclosed place controlled by the DND or the CAF where DND employees or CAF members work or perform duties, including any:

  1. mess;
  2. adjacent corridor;
  3. lobby;
  4. stairwell;
  5. elevator;
  6. cafeteria;
  7. washroom; or
  8. other area used by DND employees or CAF members in the course of work-related duties.

Serving with Outside Organizations

2.5 CAF members who serve with an outside organization, e.g., the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), United Nations (UN) or North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), and are in a building or area controlled by that organization, shall comply with the smoking policy of that organization.

3. Responsibilities

Responsibility Table

3.1 The following table outlines the responsibilities associated with the implementation of this order:

The … is or are responsible for ensuring that this DAOD is applied …
Chief of the Land Staff in combat vehicles and under field operating conditions.
Chief of the Air Staff on military aircraft.
Chief of the Maritime Staff inside ships and auxiliary vessels.
base and station commanders, and heads of establishments in workplaces that fall within their area of responsibility.
CAF members by making certain that visitors and clients refrain from smoking in the workplace.

4. References

Acts, Regulatios, Central Agency Policies and Policy DAOD

Other References

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