Friday, August 5, 2016
Safety and Hygiene: Let them get much worse first
Stories on safety lapses often read like hygiene lapses and vice versa. It is a culture problem. If we can keep public toilet clean then most of our hygiene problems in preparing food would also disappear. This continuous wagering that customers will not end up with food poisoning is the same risky attitude our businesses bring to work environments. It is like running across the road many times successfully but unsafely. Now if you do that enough times, one day you will get run over by a car or perhaps something bigger and surer of killing you. Look at the Subcontinent, China, Taiwan and Sout Korea, they have the same work and food safety problems as well.
When I was a kid I was always amazed and impressed with the level of cleanliness at all our McDonalds outlets. It is very different today, and there are too many infractions to enumerate. Just this afternoon we were at their new and spanking restaurant at the East Coast Park, the chairs were sticky and we had to clean it ourselves. As we tucked in our meal I saw staff half heartedly cleaning tables, which against the lighting I could see the table tops were not completely wiped. Their staff used to take pride in their work but not any more.
NEA, AVA, MOM whatever enforcement against safety and hygiene lapses will continue to be ineffective if habits do not change. Then we will just have to let get worse to the point of crossing the red line: alarming rise in food poisoning cases or worse before we act. Dengue has crossed that red line and demanded huge resources to respond successfully. On safety and hygiene it looks like the government and people are waiting for more suffering and deaths before acting. I think not doing much is the right thing if given time the situation right itself but even if you have only a fraction of a brain you know this is not going to happen.
Posted by PengYou at 5:14 PM