Inspections and investigations
Environmental Health Officers can carry out checks on offices, shops, warehouses, catering premises, customer service activities, places used for leisure activities and other non-industrial premises.
This helps ensure that safe food and safe working conditions are provided for all employees and members of the public visiting these premises.
After an inspection a written report will be given to the business operator either in the form of a carbonated report (left at the time of inspection) and/or a letter.
The report will cover issues in priority order and will clearly distinguish between legal requirements and recommendations.
If repeated and/or serious non-compliance is found officers may also:
- serve an 'improvement notice', which sets out certain things that you must do to comply
- serve a 'prohibition notice' stopping the use of equipment or an activity
- serve an 'emergency prohibition notice' which will result in closure of the business (food premises only)
- detain and/or seize food or equipment
- recommend prosecution
Environmental Health Officers also investigate food poisonings, accidents at work and enforce smokefree legislation.