Responsible for enforcing all applicable sections of the Massachusetts State Sanitary Code, the Massachusetts Environmental Code, City of Newton Ordinances, department regulations and public nuisance laws. Responds to public inquiries about environmental health concerns. Performs site inspections for conformance to and violations of accepted health regulations, maintaining and promoting community health, public health and safety.
• Conducts food service establishments, food cart, bakery, day care centers, supermarkets and other retail or wholesale kitchens and other building and facility inspections for conformance to established regulations, ordinances and codes. Ensures sanitary and health codes are adhered to; violation citations are recommended and if approved, issued. Recommends facility or activity suspension or closure for violations.
• Educates food handlers in sanitary and food safety procedures.
• Periodically tests swimming pools or areas for contaminated or unsafe conditions; checks dumpsters, storage areas, and surroundings for improper or excessive refuse disposal, improper cleanliness, and care; records frozen desserts samplings.
• Investigates and/or follows up on reports of public health, welfare and safety complaints, food illnesses, noxious odors, animal and insect infestations, and septic problems. Responds to other public health emergencies. Interprets and enforces codes, statutes, and ordinances. Notes variances and violations and follows up accordingly. Collects food, ice cream, fluid and other samples for laboratory analysis and evaluation. Conducts some on site tests. Reviews test or evaluation reports. Issues food cart permits.
• Reviews plans for facilities such as food establishments, pools, on-site wastewater disposal system, building demolition, and other regulated facilities. Makes recommendations on evaluations and approval as required.
• Responds to, follows up and documents received complaints of unsanitary conditions and other housing code violations. Makes court and hearing appearances and presents expert testimony.
• Conducts inspections of public health nuisance conditions and recommend appropriate response actions.
• Provides education and information to the general public in environmental health and safety working in collaboration with local, state and federal authorities.
• Attends and participates in staff, department or other meetings, hearings. Serves on assigned committees. Maintains required contacts to keep abreast of developments within field or areas of interest; liaison with community and other groups.
• Follows and adheres to department, City and other government rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
• Performs other duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelors and three to five years of related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of sanitary and health science or administration.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, ordinances, or codes as well as operating and maintenance instructions, and procedures manual. Ability to write reports and correspondence. Ability to present information effectively, which may be controversial in nature, to businesses, outside agencies, organizations, citizens, or employees of the City.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to use judgement in the analysis of facts and circumstances to solve practical problems, Ability to interpret information furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form and make decisions within the limits of established policies.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle operator’s license is required. Obtain Massachusetts public health inspector certificates (Food, Housing and wastewater). Registered sanitarian or eligible for registration in Massachusetts.
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