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FOG. City of San Jose. Fats, Oils & Grease Control Program FOG. Joe Denk j 408 277-4818. Mission of the FOG Program.

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City of San Jose

Fats, Oils & Grease Control Program


Joe Denk

408 277-4818

Dec 11, 2007

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Mission of the FOG Program

The Mission of the Fats Oil and Grease Program is to protect and serve the public by preventing pollutants from entering our creeks and bay through inspections, education and enforcement of environmental regulations.

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What do we do

  • Inspect restaurants and food service related facilities in San Jose

  • Respond to FOG related complaints & overflows related to grease tributary wide

  • We do plan checks tributary wide

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FOG Program

  • We started about five years ago inspecting our food service establishments.

  • The FOG program piggy backs on our Urban Runoff Program.

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Quick Look at the Work Load

  • We have about 3000 Foods Service Establishments in our Data Base (San Jose only). We inspect these facilities on a one to three years basis.

  • Our work year is based on the fiscal year.

  • 07-0806-0705-0604-05

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FOG Program Staffing

  • One Senior Inspector

  • Eight Inspectors

  • Clerical support

  • Assignments

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Why we do the Inspections

  • In support of our Urban Runoff Program

  • In support of SSMP

  • To ensure that outdoors and kitchen BMPs are followed

  • To correct potential storm water issues

  • To reduce the amount of grease going to the sewer

  • To prevent sanitary sewer overflows

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What does a facility inspection cover Inside

  • One of the first steps is to prepare – gather all relevant historical information.

  • We look at grease trap/interceptor cleaning records

  • We require that traps be serviced monthly

  • We require that interceptors be service quarterly

  • Facilities are required to maintain records service/cleaning

  • The inspector may inspect the inside of the GRD.

  • We look at the kitchen fixtures.

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What does a facility inspection cover Outside

Inspectors will inspect outside area for;

  • Illegal discharges to landscape, blacktop or other areas. Mop water or grey water

  • Spills, stains, leaks or overflows.

    parking lots, trash areas or landscape

  • Trash or liquid spills and dumping in trash enclosures

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What types of facilities do we inspect?

  • RestaurantsMeat & Fish Markets

  • BakeriesTheaters

  • Bowling CentersAmusement Parks

  • CafeteriasHospitals

  • SchoolsCatering Services

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Grease Interceptor & Grease Trap Cleaning Services

Chemicals, Enzymes & Bacteria

Maintenance Documentation

Cleaning Log

Grease Interceptor Maintenance

Grease Trap Maintenance

Power-Operated Grease Removal Devices

Vapor/Ventilation Hood Cleaning

Outreach Material

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Issues to consider

  • Well Trained Inspectors (rotate between programs)

    All of our inspectors sit in the same office. Pretreatment, non-point and FOG. Assignments in geographical areas.

  • Timing inspections

  • Grease investigations

  • Problems with laterals, sags, offsets & blockages

  • Database

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