The Town of Webster, on behalf of the South Central Mass Partnership for Public Health, seeks a Regional Health Inspector to perform inspectional work to promote and protect the public health of residents through the enforcement of state and local public health laws and regulations.
Boards of Health in this region agree that there has been one positive from the pandemic: a cooperative spirit, among local public health in Central Mass and across Massachusetts, that has been a consistent source of support through the most trying times. Towns share risk messaging materials, collectively navigate rapidly updating workplace safety guidelines and Governors’ orders, and share tips on contact tracing, testing, and vaccination efforts. In fact, this group pulled together quickly with to develop one a regional vaccination site for an area that would have otherwise been a vaccine desert. This shared experience has fostered cross-jurisdictional relationships that have left this area well-primed for further regional collaboration. This position is funded by a Public Health Excellence Grant through the Department of Public Health. The grant has a three-year term subject to funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. _PLPH understands that the job functions may shift based on the qualifications and experience of the employee. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
- Enforces state and local public health laws, rules, and regulations including but not limited to food service establishments, housing, nuisances (air, odor, trash, noise, etc.), tanning, swimming pools, bathing beaches, recreational camps for children, lodging houses, group homes, tobacco retailers, body arts establishments, bodywork establishments, marijuana retailers, keepers of animals, private drinking water wells, and Title 5 – onsite sewage treatment disposal systems, etc.; investigates and reports cases of diseases dangerous to public health.
- Inspects food service establishments and retail stores for compliance with state sanitary code; monitors food establishment test results. Conducts food establishment complaint and food borne illness investigations, contacts state officials, and consults with physicians and lawyers; submits required reports and final analysis to appropriate state and local departments or agencies.
- Conducts housing inspections to ensure properties conform to state sanitary code. Inspects rental units and properties subject to public complaints as part of routine sanitary code enforcement.
- Witnesses and inspects installation of septic systems, and system abandonments. Supervises operations performed by professional engineers and sanitarians on deep test holes, percolation tests and soil evaluations, writes reports and provides necessary follow-up.
- Reviews establishment and septic design plans for code requirements, assuring compliance and issuing permits, consults with engineers to suggest/support appropriate design, submits recommendations to Board of Health on variance approvals and conditions. Reviews plans for other boards/departments and submits reports when necessary.
- Plans and conducts health and environmental investigations, including collecting recreational water samples for bacterial analysis. Initiates remedial and enforcement procedures as necessary.
- Prepares order letters seeking enforcement of violations. Prepares documents in support of public health hearings and department enforcement actions, hearings, legal actions as well as presentation of public health rationale for enforcement in court.
- Serves as a public health educator, conducting food service seminars, swimming pool seminars, and rabies awareness seminars in schools, lead paint poisoning regulations, Title V – onsite sewage treatment disposal systems, and housing regulations.
- Maintains knowledge and expertise in relevant areas of public health, housing and environmental issues in order to maintain required licenses and certifications and changes in pertinent public health laws and regulations as well as enforcement practices.
- Assists and participates in the organization and development of the department’s emergency preparedness programs.
- Participates in public health programs in the community as required.
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