So I received an e-mail from the HR department on a new policy concerning the showers at work that has had me steaming for the last few days. They are concerned that some employees are actually using them Now as far as I know, I am the only one that uses them. My ride to work is 16 km, and with the hottest part of the summer still to come, I don't relish the thought of doing it without a shower (I work in an office). This hasn't affected me yet, as I have been on the road the last few weeks, but it ticks me off just thinking about it.
My plan is to send an e-mail to the health and safety committee stating that I believe it to be a health issue due to unsanitary conditions if I am not allowed to shower. I was thinking of including the whole list of benefits attributed to bicycle commuting (more alert, more energetic, lower health ins costs, etc.), but not positive on that yet, as I tend to ramble (case in point).
Of course, if that elicits a negative response, I will just go ahead and shower anyway. I will be taking another position with the company at a different location or leaving at the end of August, so I kinda feel like stirring the pot anyway
here is the e-mail for those interested:
It has come to our attention that employees are using the showers on premises. As we are on a septic system the showers are available for and are to be used in emergency situations only.
Please advise your employees the showers are not to be used unless there is an emergency (i.e. the employee has had significant exposure to a contaminant).
Individuals that have toiletries (i.e. shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.) and towels for showering on site are to take them home immediately.