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Smoking at FL

Q

We wish to bring up an issue that has been bothering us here at Foothills
Lab for some while. That is the issue of people smoking outside of the
buildings, but in close proximity to the doors. The east entrance to FL3
and the west entrance to FL1 both have little alcove spaces recessed into
the building, presumably to protect the entrances from weather. Cigarette
ash receptacles--and in the case of the east entrance to FL3, a bench--are
placed right in these alcoves.

We frequently use these building entrances during the course of the day,
and when smokers are present, one has to walk through the smoke--a very
unpleasant experience. During winter it is even worse, as the smokers
huddle in the protection of the alcoves. I actually hold my breath as I
walk through the smoke. This also generates an unspoken resentment in us
against these people, people we have to otherwise work with in the
organization. The smoke also gets in our clothes somewhat, although we
don't linger there. The ash receptacles stink, and when the wind blows, the
butts get spread around the sidewalk--not a pretty sight.

We are enclosing a resolution of the Weld County Board of County
Commissioners, dated 2 June 1999, which addresses this very problem by
prohibiting smoking within 50 feet of any building entrance. We can't say
if this is the solution for UCAR, but we strongly urge that something be
done about this situation.

Answered on October 12, 1999

A

Others have raised similar concerns regarding smokers congregating at the
entrances to FL1 and FL3. To address these concerns, Steve Sadler, director
of Safety and Site Services, and John Pereira, director of Physical Plant,
met with the members of the Foothills Campus Coordinating Committee (FCCC)
to discuss possible solutions. It was agreed that all smoking should take
place at least 10 feet away from building entrances. We are in the process
of obtaining signs to post at the building entrances requesting that
smokers stay this distance from the entrance. We will also move the ash
receptacles.

We will evaluate how effective this step is at the next meeting of the FCCC
and take further steps if needed.

--Katy Schmoll, Vice President, Finance and Administration