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Health Inspector just left.  Her first comment was ..... Oh My - this is a mess.  My heart hit my shins.  We have a side of our kitchen that becomes the general dumping area for mail, receipts, etc etc.  But on the "inn - side" of  the kitchen everything is kept exactly as it's supposed to be.  She had no violations, no follow ups, no suggestions ..... and despite the fact I'm not required to be one, she put me down as a  "Certified Food Protection Manager".  Passed with flying colors.  I was completely taken by surprise.  She's never been here this time of year before.  There are some REQUIRED changes to the code.  Luckily I already had them in place.    Time for a cocktail Smiling   

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Was this a state inspector or local?

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State (government) 

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Is this what you meant...disposable containment kits?

http://www.preferredindustrial.com/product-bodyfluidspillkits

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How much is it? They do not display price.

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Madeleine wrote:

Is this what you meant...disposable containment kits?

http://www.preferredindustrial.com/product-bodyfluidspillkits

I don't want to be gruff but we are in the bodily fluids business. I remember in Australia when the nurses all went on strike saying they require bio hazard fee and they did it get it for a while then the gvmt said"well that is part of your job, if you prick yourself with a syringe while drawing blood, you are sol."

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You reminded me of George Carlin who when talking about the things that you can and can't say on television always pointed out that there were words you could say, but only in specific contexts. And one of them was that it was perfectly fine to say on television "To prick your finger." but totally unacceptable to say the opposite.

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You know when I typed that I knew you would say something. There was no better word for it tho, even with your lurking around here Jonno. haha

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Yes ...... she specifically mentioned the goggles, mask, disposable apron and something to immediately solidify "liquid".  She even said that cat litter works perfectly for on the spot containment.  Thanks for finding this.  I'm going to order a few so I have them here.  I must admit - it's not just for show, it's going to be good knowing I have the full kit, in one place, just in case.  

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Any mention of how we're supposed to dispose of the potentially hazardous waste? Certainly not in the regular trash. 

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Cat litter. The wonder product. Traction on ice. Soak up spills. Smell remover.

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It's a great question.  They provide the biohazard bag (with a twist tie ???)  and I would hope that they address onward disposal in the instruction brochure.

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ukmaineiac wrote:

It's a great question.  They provide the biohazard bag (with a twist tie ???)  and I would hope that they address onward disposal in the instruction brochure.

Yes you call 1-800-disaster and they send one of these hazmat "couriers" out to collect it for $10,000

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hmmm, the person who does ours is pretty laid back. 

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wow ... make mine a margarita

yes  so glad it went well

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I think I heard the ice cubes clinking down South here.  Eye-wink

Congrats!

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Congrats!!! YAY!!! GOOD FOR YOU !! yes

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I am not going to jinx myslf with a reply to this one. Just suffice it to say, "Congrats!" Too many of the officious twits use it to boost their ego because they can.

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Hooray!

I've been waiting for my inspector and nadda. We're supposed to be inspected 2x a year and so far nothing for 2014. They must be short staffed this year. We always do great, but I like not having to worry.

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

Hooray!

I've been waiting for my inspector and nadda. We're supposed to be inspected 2x a year and so far nothing for 2014. They must be short staffed this year. We always do great, but I like not having to worry.

Ours always come when it rains. No kidding. If it is raining he does his inside inspection stuff, that is what he says, and he does us last toward the end of the year. I am so glad I have figured him out. Unless he gets a call like that dirtbag who called us in to health and building because he said we were not walkable to our music venue, that we walk all the time to. What the heck ever. Smiling 

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ukmaineiac wrote:

Time for a cocktail Smiling   

I'd make it a double!

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yesyes

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It's been quite the summer. They've been out in force. Everyone I know has seen them.

And, what's a certified food protection manager? That's a new one. Is that what you are after taking the ServSafe course?

Glad all is good!

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I don't know what a CFPM is. Apparently I don't need to be one based on how many rooms I have but APPARENTLY based on my kitchen standards I am one anyway.  I'm kind of flabbergasted,  She saw the kitchen at its absolute worst.  I was so embarrassed, but the surfaces came up clean, the fridge came up in the high end of perfect ..... and I think most importantly, everything she left as a "suggestion" last year I implemented ..... oh .... apart from the bleach testing strips.  For those I got a "really Sarah?"  "It's not that difficult"  Smiling

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Everyone in town here had the wrong strips thanks to the last inspector. Did you have all the MSDS's? We did that one last year after a friend had to go thru a reinspection because there were so many new rules none of us knew about. 

We redid a lot of stuff last year that the new guy never mentioned. But it's all done now. Until it changes again!

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<grin>, yep a different focus with each new inspector.  We get a new one almost every year.

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Did I have the what ????  Yes ..... things are ALWAYS changing.   It's really difficult to try and keep up.  I told her that I HATE HATE HATE (with a passion) doing the kitchen, so I just suck it up and do what I'm supposed to while muttering nasty things under my breath the whole time.  That seemed to amuse her.  The big change is that, by next year, we are all required to have a demonstrable bodily fluid kit in place (cruise lines / norovirus)

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ukmaineiac wrote:

Did I have the what ????  Yes ..... things are ALWAYS changing.   It's really difficult to try and keep up.  I told her that I HATE HATE HATE (with a passion) doing the kitchen, so I just suck it up and do what I'm supposed to while muttering nasty things under my breath the whole time.  That seemed to amuse her.  The big change is that, by next year, we are all required to have a demonstrable bodily fluid kit in place (cruise lines / norovirus)


And yet the unlicensed have no rules! angry 

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ukmaineiac wrote:

  The big change is that, by next year, we are all required to have a demonstrable bodily fluid kit in place (cruise lines / norovirus)

What the heck is that?

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