Health Standards Inspector

Published: | Updated: May 2, 2017

Definition - What does Health Standards Inspector mean?

A health standars inspector is responsible for ensuring compliance with sanitation codes required of businesses that serve the interests of the public. This compliance is achieved through facility inspections that may be unannounced or the result of a complaint.

Safeopedia explains Health Standards Inspector

A health standards inspector often works for government agencies at the federal, state, or local level. The health standards inspector can also represent private business compliance interests. This inspector will be responsible for examining facilities open to the public, such as hotels, restaurants, swimming pools and fitness centers. The inspector would also spend time with commercial businesses responsible for a nation's food supply. Inspection activities can include taking product, freezer and refrigerator temperatures, looking for signs of the presence of pests, confirming proper permitting, and observing employee work practices. The role of the health standards inspector is to protect the interest of public health and to prevent the spread of illness or disease. A health standards inspector working in private industry is tasked with ensuring that their employer is protecting the interests of public health and therefore limiting liability to fines, penalties, or lawsuits resulting from the outbreak of food borne illnesses.

This definition was written in the context of Occupational Health & Safety
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