Health Inspections

The Inspection Division of the Middlesex County Office of Health Services performs various types of inspections throughout the year. It is the goal of the Inspection Division that all of the following facilities be inspected at least twice a year:

  • food establishments
  • recreational bathing (public pools, spas, wading pools and bathing beaches)
  • body art facility
  • permanent cosmetic
  • kennel
  • shelter
  • pet shop
  • tanning

All inspections are conducted by Registered Environmental Health Specialists who are licensed by the State of New Jersey.

Health Inspection Types

Food Inspections

All food establishment inspections are conducted by Registered Environmental Health Specialists. The inspections are conducted to assure that all food establishments comply with the provisions of Chapter 24 of the New Jersey State Sanitary Code. Upon completion of inspections, ratings are issued based on the conditions found.

In New Jersey, the following rating system is used:

Satisfactory

A white placard is issued when the establishment is found to be operating in substantial compliance with Chapter 24.

Conditionally Satisfactory

A yellow placard is issued when the establishment is found not operating in substantial compliance with Chapter 24. This rating requires a re-inspection.

Unsatisfactory

A red placard is issued to an establishment found to be operating under conditions that constitute a potential health hazard. Under these conditions, an establishment could not continue to operate and correct the violations at the same time. The establishment is asked to voluntarily close before a court order is sought.

Body Art

The Middlesex County Health Department inspects all Tattoo, Body Piercing and Permanent Cosmetic facilities in our jurisdiction twice yearly. Inspectors insure that proper sanitation, record keeping and medical supervision is occurring. All Body Art facilities must have an inspection form posted in a conspicuous place for the public to observe.

Recreational & Bathing

All seasonal recreational bathing facilities including swimming pools, spas and lakes are inspected at least twice during the operating season. Indoor pools are inspected four time a year. Inspectors check the water quality and safety equipment at all pools. Lifeguarding, first aid and CPR certification are also reviewed.

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