What does a Public Health Inspector do?

Public Health Inspectors are government officials who perform a wide variety of functions. Inspectors are responsible for the performance of technical and inspectional work to promote and protect the environment and the public health of Framingham residents through the enforcement of state and local public health laws, rules, and regulations as well as providing public health education. 

Public health inspectors conduct routine inspections as well investigates complaints and concerns that are brought to their attention. During an inspection, public health inspectors conduct a thorough evaluation of the property/business to check for any violations of health codes. During and following an inspection, detailed reports are written and the inspector decides if the establishment is in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

Inspections performed include, but are not limited to, food establishments, housing and nuisance complaints, tanning establishments, swimming pools, bathing beaches, recreational camps for children, tobacco retailers, body art, body work, marijuana establishments, keeping of animals, private drinking wells, and title 5 (onsite sewage treatment disposal systems).

Performs inspections of food establishments such as restaurants, markets, convenient stores, cottage (residential) kitchens, mobile food establishments, temporary & seasonal food events for compliance with the state sanitary code - 105 CMR 590.000, 2013 FDA Food Code and Framingham Board of Health Food local regulations. Inspectors respond and investigate foodborne illnesses and general complaints. 

Conducts housing inspections based on complaints to ensure compliance with State Sanitary Code Article II 105 CMR 410.000 Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation including enforcement of the Childhood Lead Paint Poisoning Prevention law (CLPPP) when applicable. Inspects rentals units and properties in accordance with local regulations.

Inspection reports are generated and issued as well  as orders to correct, plan review decisions, demolitions and cases for court proceeding relating to the department. Inspectors initiate court complaints and prosecute cases of non-compliance using administrative and/or judicial procedures.

Inspects the installation of onsite sewage treatment disposal systems and witness’s system abandonments. Observes operations performed by professional engineers and sanitarians on deep test holes, percolation tests and soil evaluations for septic systems, infiltration and drainage. Generates reports and conducts follow-up when needed.

Conducts percolation tests and water table determination tests for septic systems and drainage.

Reviews and approves construction plans for code requirements and permit applications for food establishments, body art and body work establishments, swimming pools - 105 CMR 435.00, septic systems - 310 CMR 15.000, marijuana establishments and private wells.

Responds and investigates complaints related to nuisances such as mosquitoes and rodents.

Serves as a public and environmental health educator to the community.