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Is it normal to need a hazmat suite and a rifle?

By Ed Woychowsky ·
When cleaning the office refrigerator?

I've been here over a year and have never seen the bugger cleaned until now. The smell has finally reached the populated parts of the floor, so it has become an issue.

Business as usual, nothing is a problem until it begins to smell.

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We have a policy

by robo_dev In reply to Is it normal to need a ha ...

that you put a sticker with your name/extension on every item, and everything gets tossed out each week-end, no exceptions.

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Doesn't always work

by Ed Woychowsky In reply to We have a policy

One place had the same rule, but the refrigerator was only cleaned once every year or so. They'd send out an e-mail on Monday stating that everything without a name would be thrown out on Friday.

It was great, too! It gave me time to make up a bag with the name of someone that left the company within a month of the previous cleaning.

Unfortunately they didn't alway's catch the bag. One bag made five years before it was noticed.

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I've seen that

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Doesn't always work

HR or an office manager will post a notice about the fridge being cleaned regularly, but no one is appointed to do so. When I've been in that environment, after a couple of weeks I self-appoint whenever I'm working late on a Friday.

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Real Simple...for me...

by C F USA In reply to We have a policy

When I was in charge of such, it was simple. When I went home on Friday at 6:30, if it was in the fridge, it got dumped. Only exception was canned (unopened) sodas. Other than that, it went to the dumpster. This included tupperware, dishes, etc. After the first two weeks of me doing that, it was amazing, people started taking their belongings home :)

*edited for spelling (hopefully I caught them all)*

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Unlike others, our weekly policy actually works.

by The Scummy One In reply to We have a policy

there is a person dedicated to the task, and is part of job duties.

Every week it is cleaned out.

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by shasca In reply to Unlike others, our weekly ...

The real benifit for the dedicated one is they get to keep all the leftovers.mmmmmmmmmmm thats some good weekend feedin

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The funniest thing happened

by The Scummy One In reply to cleanup

a few weeks ago. After the cleanup, a lady came by and complained (without asking first) that the cleaner threw out her 25 yr. old tupperware, and started making waves :^0

Ok, 25 yr old tupperware??? Shouldnt it have been thrown out like 20 years ago anyway??? :^0 :^0

After making waves she came back a while later and said she found it -- Ewwww -- just thinkin about the cleanup

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One of the best ways to police that policy

by Deadly Ernest In reply to We have a policy

was in a place where we had a regular run through of young guys living away from home for the first time. They came to us for training and then went elsewhere in the organisation after about three months.

I got charged with keeping the social areas reasonable as those sort of things had to be done by permanent full-time staff to ensure they were done right. My answer to the fridge was simple, I put up a new notice.


Attention all staff -- Fridge Use Policy

All items without a name label and all items in the fridge after four forty-five pm on a Friday automatically become the property of the transient trainee. Transient trainee WILL remove all their property at five pm every Friday night.

Thank you.

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Those young guys weren't on much pay, so they literally jumped at ANY opportunity to get extra food and drink for free. The result was every Friday night the fridge was empty, and everything had a label before it went in the fridge. Forget to label and it could get eaten at lunch, which a few slothful people found out the hard way.

That's what's known as a social management process.

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They leave me alone too

by Oz_Media In reply to Is it normal to need a ha ...

Until I start to really smell and then they send me home for a shower.

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Does it help?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to They leave me alone too

Can anyone tell any difference? And do you have to file an environmental impact statement on the shower's waste water/

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