BOSTON (CBS) – Health and safety inspectors toured the Occupy Boston encampment on Wednesday looking for any dangerous situations.
Some public health experts raised concerns about health risks at Occupy locations, where for almost a month now, several hundred demonstrators have occupied space at Dewey Square. They’ve set up a small town, with an infirmary, a kitchen and even a loose form of government that seems to be working.
After touring the infirmary, where volunteer nurses rotate, Health Commissioner Dr. Barbara Ferrar said the “place is relatively clean.”
“We want to make sure that there aren’t problems here. So, this is really helping the people who are here stay well-organized, and making sure they know where to get help if they need some help,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrar of the Boston Public Health Commission.
WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.
Boston’s Inspectional Services is also visited the tent city Wednesday, looking into how food is stored and handled.
The kitchen, which has its food cooked off-site, then delivered, was toured by Charlie Cook and two others from inspectional services.
“I don’t see any real problems,” said Cook, “but I offerred them some advice on how to store certain kinds of food.”
Occupy Boston protesters insisted their operation is safe and professional.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports.
“There’s a real community here, and there’s a real sense that everyone takes care of each other, so you know we have these resources in place, but we make sure that if someone is starting to get a cold, that somebody volunteers their apartment for them to go stay for awhile if they don’t have a chance to go home,” said Jason Potteiger, an Occupy Boston spokesperson.
Though the findings from the Boston Public Health Commission and Inspectional Services aren’t official, no serious violations were reported.
WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields contributed to this report.