Monday, March 21, 2016

The Health Department

I saw a man today wearing a pullover that said "Amtrak Health".  

He was nicely explaining to someone that he's an Amtrak Health Inspector, responsible for all the health-related issues like food-handling and sanitation aboard Amtrak trains both long distance and inter-city.  He has a doctorate in epidemiology and was very happy to describe his work, of which he is clearly and rightly proud.

I hadn't really thought about it that way before, but Amtrak trains are like ships, and both are basically little cities.  A long-distance train may have 600+ passengers on board for days, so obviously you need to worry about making sure the water is clean, the food is handled appropriately, and the toilets are clean and working.