Today, at work, I visited a poultry hatchery.
It was my first time to a hatchery so I didn’t know what to expect. Other colleagues who’d been to hatcheries mentioned that it’d be a “cleansing” experience and didn’t elaborate further. Great.
When I arrived, I was asked to remove my watch, any jewelry and my shoes and placed them in a shallow bin that was provided. My bag also went into the bin and then the entire bin was placed into a UV oven to be sanitised. I was told that I could pick it up in the facility after the shower. Yep, shower.
Then, I was given a set of clothing – a long-sleeved top and a pair of loose drawstring pants. Oh, and a small sachet with soap. Okay…
I was directed to a changing room and given instructions to take a shower and then change into the grey & drab-looking clothing. Before I could ask about a towel, I was assured that that was provided for as well. Super.
After the quickest shower ever, I changed into my temporary clothing and I thought that finally, I’d enter the facility-proper. Nope. Not quite yet.
Before exiting the changing area, I still had to go through a corridor where my entire being would be lightly sprayed with a mild disinfectant. I was given a pair of goggles to protect my eyes. Disinfectant in eyes, bad.
When I finally entered the hatchery, I went in smelling of disinfectant. Yep, it was a cleansing experience indeed.
What is one of the strangest things you had to do for work?