I just received the formal approval letter from the Health Department. I think I'm starting to see how they work. The bulk of this letter is a list of 26 caveats deliniating their conditional approval. Not such a big deal, except that several of them I've never heard of before. It's not that they've totally surprised me, but how hard would it have been for them to provide these right up front in a document on their website? Only two of the bullet points relate to me specifically, the others are all general in nature; although the copious spelling mistakes and gramatical errors give the impression that it was all typed up on the fly for me personally. 'All surfaces must be smooth, sealed, non-absorbent, and easily cleanable.' I suppose this means I should use extra polyurethane on the wood paneling.
'If the mobile unit will operate at a fixed location for more then 2 hours restroom facilities must be provided for employees.' This is the first time I've heard the restroom requirement phrased this way. I'd previously assumed I needed to provide a restroom for customers, which, being an absurd requirement, was thus ignorable.
The name of my cart needs to be displayed in letters more then 2 inches tall and with a contrasty color. Is dark wood on light wood considered enough contrast?
The biggest problem, which is of my own making, relates to the sink. I've sortav realized that the large cookware I'm using is going to pose a problem to clean in the HAACP approved manner. Now it's spelled out for me in black and white: 'The sink compartments must be large enough to totally submerse your largest dish and/or utensil.' I'm going to be baking with 18" x 26" sheet pans. Do these need to be totally submersed? I should call, but I assume the answer is yes, especially since I'm being quite adventurous in what I want to cook. I might have to totally rethink the sink, possibly get some custom job done. I don't think I've really thought about this because all the kitchens I've been in have used dishwashers pretty much exclusively. Nobody has a sink that can submerse a full size sheet pan.