Public Health Inspector


Definition - What does Public Health Inspector mean?

A public health inspector is a professional responsible for ensuring compliance of sanitation codes required of businesses that are open to the public. This compliance is achieved through facility inspections that may be unannounced or occur as a result of a complaint.

Safeopedia explains Public Health Inspector

A public health inspector often works for government agencies at the federal, state, or local level. An example of some of the most commonly inspected public facilities include hotels, restaurants, swimming pools, child care centers and fitness centers. Inspection activities can include taking product, freezer and refrigerator temperatures, looking for signs of the presence of pests, confirming proper permitting, and observing work practices. The role of the public health inspector is to protect the interests of public health by eliminating the spread of illness or disease. The initial inspection often includes a detailed report and may lead to a follow-up inspection to ensure that identified code violations have been addressed.

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