By Casey Saenz, EHS3
I had just arrived at the office to do some paperwork, get my coffee, and made my rounds of saying ‘hello’ to my fellow coworkers. A coworker and I were discussing the news and challenging times. As I went back to my desk, my first thought was, “hmmm… I have noticed nothing but extra kindness, diligence and caring from some of my operators while in the field conducting inspections. Here are two examples that I came across during my morning:
First, I met with a pool company for the opening inspection of a neighborhood pool. I was asking the pool operator about what kind of precautions they were taking to comply with the Governor’s current Executive Order, and I was amazed on how careful and detailed this company is being to protect the public health of swimmers and their employees. This pool company is using a reservation system for their clients so that small groups are allotted 90 minutes at the pool. The company has also bought sprayers that apply EPA registered disinfectant to all of the furniture, restrooms, and frequently touched surfaces after each group leaves. (Every 90 minutes, they are cleaning all of these surfaces). They have also dedicated some of their staff to monitor the small groups and their adherence to the 90-minute time frame. Even though this has been difficult for their staff, this pool operator said that “it doesn’t matter because we do not need people to get sick”.
My other example is from an Italian restaurant that I went to during a morning field visit. I was asking this person in charge how their restaurant is doing with all of the extra precautions being taken for the sake of public health. He said that their main concern is to do whatever it takes to prevent his clients and staff from getting sick; and looking into his kitchen, and observing the employees, I believe his statement is true. Although he could easily open his large dining room, he is not planning to do so until it is absolutely safe. He said this has cut back on their revenue, but he also said that people are more important. I have heard similar statements from many of my facilities.
So to my food service, swimming pool, and tourist accommodation operators that are going above and beyond for the sake of the health of the public, I and my fellow Environmental Health staff say Thank You! We appreciate it!