Environmental Health and Safety

Televisions have clearly exposed the health condition that is current in most of the restaurants. The situation is worsening and most of them have been forced to close their businesses as they are operating in dirty environments and this is risk to the health of the customers and also the workers. As the head of citizen task force, I have been mandated to give the best approach to implement in order to ensure improved food safety. The approach I recommend is mandatory food training for all restaurant employees. The management of each restaurant should organize frequent trainings for all the employees.

The employees should be trained on various issues of maintaining health in the restaurant. For instance, ways of keeping food free from any infectivity. This is done by not allowing raw food to mix foods ready to eat. All food contact surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized when shifting to another food preparation( Jha, 2005). The employees need to be trained on how to maintain personal hygiene through proper hand washing and drying before cooking, whenever food is contaminated or after touching body parts. The working environment and the employees should be clean.

As a result of the training, employee knowledge of food safety and food handling practices will improve. They will also be in a position to recognize the barriers that prevent them from modeling proper food safety practices. Worker behaviors can improve food safety in the restaurant. When they strictly maintain sanitation and safety standards by following and complying with the local health regulations, the level of food safety in the restaurant will be improved. On the other hand, if the employees are ignorant, their actions and behaviors will compromise food safety. Vectors

From several neighborhoods in my community, there have been frequent reported complaints from the public about the spread of mosquitoes. Many people have died and suffered from the West Nile virus. Additionally, the mosquitoes are preventing people from staying out in the early mornings and evenings. Despite the fact that my health department does not have enough money and personnel to curb this problem, there are several practices that can be maintained to avoid mosquito bites. Firstly, when one is going outdoors, make sure you apply insect repellent to any exposed skin. This repellent must contain DEET.

Clothing can also help reduce Mosquito bite that carries White Nile Virus. When you are going outside, make sure that you wear heavy clothes with long sleeves, long pants and socks and more especially, the bright and colored clothes. However, spraying your clothes with insect repellent will give an extra protection. Be careful not to spray the skin beneath your clothes. Every person in the community should be aware of the Mosquito peak hours (CDHS, 2010). This is especially in the early morning and late evening, therefore extra care should be taken and if possible avoids carrying out outdoor activities during this time.

In order to reduce the high population of mosquito in the country, I propose that all people in the community to get rid of all sources of stagnant water in their several yards. This will ensure that the mosquito eggs laid in these places are killed and this will reduce the population of mosquitoes in the country. Additionally, fill, cover or remove any item or container like flower pots, gutters, puddles and swimming pools as they can trap mosquitoes (USGS, 2010). Fighting mosquito bite will help reduce the chances of being infected with encephalitis; therefore, anticipation is your best bet.

References CDHS (California Department of Health Services) (2010). Preventing West Nile Virus. Retrieved on 30 July 2010 from http://www. westnile. ca. gov/prevention. htm Jha, Veena. (2005). Environmental Regulation and Food Safety: Studies of Protection and Protectionism. Ottawa: International Development Research Centre. USGS (United States Geological Survey). (2010). Mosquito Control and West Nile Virus. Retrieved on 30 July 2010, from http://westnilevirus. nbii. gov/mosquitoes. html

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