In the hot tubs of Kosciuszko

INSPECTING everything from hot chocolate to spa baths in the ski resorts may sound like a holiday, but managing public health and food safety during the busy winter season is serious work for some.

Food and public health inspections in Kosciuszko National Park are managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), and during the recent winter Environmental Health Officers have been keeping a watchful eye.

NPWS Resorts Manager Andrew Harrigan says the job is not without its challenges, particularly as most of the 170 plus food businesses have a new set of food handling staff every winter.

"Parks runs pre-season food handling courses and we regularly check food handling procedures and kitchen cleanliness at Perisher, Thredbo, Charlotte Pass and Selwyn," Mr Harrigan said.

"The New South Wales ski resorts have the largest concentration of public pools and spas in the state so we also run trainings and do inspections to ensure safety and water quality standards are met."

Mr Harrigan says most operators know the relevant standards and requirements and take their responsibilities to their guests seriously.

"We have food service businesses in the park that routinely tell our inspectors to check behind things or under things because they are so proud of their cleanliness and hygiene.

"Resorts become small towns in peak times and it is mind boggling to think about how many meals and beverages are served up during the four months of the ski season.

"If I wanted to know the best hot chocolate in Kosciuszko I'd ask an Environmental Health Officer, which makes me think the job isn't all bad."

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