Amanda M. Wilson
Is a food establishment required to have a Food Safety Certificate (Serv-Safe)?
The Division of Housing and Health Inspections is responsible for providing a wide range of community based public health, and environmental inspectional services. Federal, State, and City ordinances require the division to enforce all public health and environmental regulations.
All food establishments receive mandatory inspections to determine compliance with the provisions contained within the Massachusetts Sanitary Code. Division personnel monitor food offered for consumption to ensure that it is free from adulteration, properly labeled, identifiable, and manufactured at an approved source. The Air, Water, and Hazardous Material Division inspects the air and water quality of the community. The division inspects public swimming pools, natural bathing areas, responds to hazardous materials spills, and addresses complaints regarding air, noise, and odor pollution.
The Housing Program is designed to achieve and uphold compliance with the Massachusetts Sanitary Code, Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation. Inspectors perform systematic inspections, respond to complaints, issue orders, cite violations, address illegal dumping, dirty yards, housing violations, rodent control issues, as well as any violation of the City’s nuisance ordinance.
Upon request of the owner or tenant, the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program conducts environmental assessments to identify possible lead paint hazards and violations. Proactively, medical case management and family lead counseling is provided to prevent elevated blood lead levels in children under the age of six.
The Weights & Measures program ensures all weighing or measuring devices in the city are inspected and sealed to ensure accurate exchange of commodities purchased.