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Emergency Action on Regulations
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING, AND REGULATION
Subtitle 12 DIVISION OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY
09.12.23 Prohibition on Smoking in an [Enclosed Workplace] Indoor Place of
Authority: Labor and Employment Article, §§2-106(b)(4), 5-312, and 5-608(b), Annotated Code of
Notice of Emergency Action
The Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review has granted emergency status to the
amendment of Regulations .01 and .03, the repeal of existing Regulations .02 and
.04, the adoption of new Regulation .02, and the amendment and recodification of existing Regulation
.05 to be Regulation .04, under COMAR 09.12.23 Prohibition on Smoking in an Indoor Place of Employment.
Emergency status began: September 17, 2007.
Emergency status expires: March 16, 2008.
Comparison to Federal Standards
There is no corresponding federal standard to this emergency action.
Economic Impact on Small Businesses
The emergency action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.
A. (text unchanged)
B. Terms Defined.
(1) [Enclosed Workplace.]
"Indoor place of employment" includes, but is not limited to:
[(a) "Enclosed workplace" means an indoor place of employment.
(b) "Enclosed workplace" includes, but is not limited to:]
[(i)] (a) (text unchanged)
[(ii)] (b) A vehicle
other than a private vehicle as used in Health-General Article, §24-505(1), Annotated Code of
Maryland, when an employee uses it in the course of employment and it is occupied by more than one employee;
[(iii)] (c) - [(xi)]
(k) (text unchanged)
[(2) "Smoking" means to use or carry any lighted:
(c) Pipe; or
(d) Other tobacco product of any kind.]
(2) "Private vehicle", as used in Health-General Article, §24-505(1), Annotated Code of Maryland, means:
(a) An individual's own vehicle being used for nonemployment purposes; or
(b) An individuals own vehicle, when used in the course of employment and occupied by only one individual.
(3) "Smoking" means the burning of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or any other matter or substance that
This chapter does not apply to:
A. Private homes;
B. Residences, including residences used as a business or place of employment, unless being used by a person who
is licensed or registered under Family Law Article, Title 5, Subtitle 5, Annotated Code of Maryland, to provide day
care or child care;
C. Private vehicles, unless being used for the public transportation of children, or as part of health care or
day care transportation;
D. A hotel or motel room rented to one or more guests as long as the total percent of hotel or motel rooms being
so used does not exceed 25 percent;
E. A retail tobacco business that is a sole proprietorship, limited liability company, corporation, partnership,
or other enterprise, in which:
(1) The primary activity is the retail sale of tobacco products and accessories; and
(2) The sale of other products is incidental;
F. Any facility of a manufacturer, importer, wholesaler, or distributor of tobacco products or of any tobacco
leaf dealer or processor in which employees of the manufacturer, importer, wholesaler, distributor, or processor work
or congregate; or
G. A research or educational laboratory for the purpose of conducting scientific research into the health
effects of tobacco smoke.
.03 Employer Requirements.
[Except as provided in Regulation .04 of this chapter, an]
An employer shall:
A. Ensure that in an [enclosed workplace]
indoor place of employment there is no smoking; and
B. Post at each entrance to [a]
an indoor place of employment [having an enclosed workplace] a sign stating that smoking is not permitted.
[.05] .04 Interpretation.
This chapter may not be construed to [:
A. Require an employer to provide a designated smoking area as permitted by Regulation .04 of this chapter; or
B. Prevent] prevent an employer from prohibiting smoking in areas not covered by [this chapter]
Labor and Employment Article, §5-608(a), Annotated Code of Maryland.
J. RONALD DEJULIIS
Commissioner of Labor and Industry