Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:01:31 -0700
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From: Eric Clark <erclark**At_Symbol_Here**PH.LACOUNTY.GOV>
Subject: Re: Environmental Health Specialist
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Congratulations on your new job!  Your question is quite valid.  And I 
admire your enthusiasm. 
I'd like to offer another perspective on probationary employees as a 
general comment.  I've been in the chemical/inspection/laboratory business 
for about 25 years and I can remember only 3 probationary employees who 
were not successful, and many more who just barely squeaked by.  None were 
ever dismissed for lack of professional competence, it always had 
something to do with trying too hard to impress the boss that resulted in 
alienating established employees.  The probationary employee was inevitably
 dismissed for being a non-team player.  Successful probationary employees 
generally play "low ball", take lots of notes, thank and complement 
established employees for sharing information, and try not to make too 
many mistakes, helpful suggestions, or jokes.  Keep that up for six months 
and you'll be fine and you'll definitely shine once you're past the 
probationary period.   

Eric Clark, MS, CCHO, CHMM 
Safety & Compliance Officer
Los Angeles County Public Health Laboratory 

>>> Amber Potts  3/16/2011 11:54 AM >>>

I will be inspecting any establishment that sells food, such as full 
service restaurants, gas stations, day care centers, schools, fast food 
etc. Also I will inspect food distribution warehouses, public/semi-public 
pools, storm water and industrial waste haulers. I work for the Health 
Department so I am basically inspecting these places to ensure the safety 
and health of its customers. I also respond to citizen complaints, such as 
oil in driveways, food borne illnesses and vector control. I am basically 
a health inspector. Our city is unique in that we also respond to all east 
north Texas HAZMAT incidents. I am attending HAZMAT training in Alabama in 
May. We have 'million dollar truck' for HAZMAT scenes that is equipped 
with chemical identification instruments, glove box and decontamination 
station. I am only one of two people with a chemistry degree, everyone 
else is either biology or environmental science. So I really want to bring 
a chemical perspective to the department. 
Amber Potts
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:20:52 -0500
From: joanna.shimek**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM 
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Environmental Health Specialist
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU 

We could narrow your reading list if you would describe your responsibiliti
Jo Anna Shimek, PhD, CIH, CSP

On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 11:54 AM, Amber Potts  

Hey all,  

I just got my first job out of college as an Environmental Health 
Specialist. I am very excited!! Does anyone have any advice on ACS 
webinars or books that would help me excel during my probationary period? 
Any comments would be greatly appreciated! 


Amber Potts

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