I'm having issues breathing every day due to having to use an entrance that is also an assigned smoking area for my factory. I've talked to HR who said that as long as they stay 25 feet away from the door it's fine and will not work with me. Are there any other avenues I might take to address this?
Background: Factory is on non-public road, not open to general public. This is the only entrance team members are allowed to use as all other doors are truck and forklift access or emergency exits. Yes the smokers are 25 feet from the door but smoke and odor don't follow rules set by man. To get from the turnstile factory entrance to the actual door where I enter the building I usually have to pass 30-50 people spread out over 50 feet. Coming in early isn't an option as the previous shift usually still hangs around. I'm currently holding my breath as I make a break for the door but it's not ideal.