What We Inspect

 Food Premises
Ottawa Public Health is mandated under the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act to inspect a wide range of food premises to improve food safety standards and reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Public Health Inspectors monitor compliance with Provincial Regulations, and promote food safety and cleanliness in Ottawa's retail food industry.

Inspectors visit food establishments, both on a routine and complaint related basis, to make sure any deficiencies are quickly corrected, and prepare a report about each visit. This report is posted online shortly after the inspection and includes any deficiencies found at the establishment.

 Personal Service Settings Inspection Reports
As part of its mandate under the Ontario Public Health Standards, 2008 and the Infection Prevention and Control in Personal Services Settings Protocol, 2008 , Ottawa Public Health (OPH) inspects Personal Services Settings (PSS) to improve infection prevention and control practices and to minimize the risk of blood-borne/other types of infections during the delivery of personal services. PSS refer to settings in which aesthetic services are delivered, such as but not limited to:
  • hairdressing and barbershops;
  • tattoo and body piercing studios;
  • nail salons;
  • electrolysis;
  • and various other services.

 Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) monitor compliance with Provincial Best Practices, and promote safety and cleanliness in Ottawa's PSS facilities.

PHIs inspect PSS establishments, both on a routine and complaint related basis, to make sure any deficiencies are quickly corrected, and prepare a report about each visit. Residents are encouraged to look for a certificate - issued by OPH - that ensures the premises has been inspected by a Public Health Inspector.

Residents are urged to consider whether they may be submitting to a procedure that would reasonably be considered a medical intervention. If this is the case, please question the operator and, if in doubt, contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to inquire. OPH is also available for questions about issues of cleanliness and hygiene at 613-580-6744 ext. 23806.

 Recreational Water Inspections
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is mandated under the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) and the Ontario Public Health Standards to inspect recreational water facilities, public beaches, and waterfronts that are part of a recreational camp, to ensure compliance with safety and injury prevention standards, as well as to reduce the risk of waterborne illness.

Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) monitor compliance with O. Reg. 565 (Public Pools) and O. Reg. 428/05 (Public Spas) and promote pool safety and cleanliness in Ottawa's recreational water facilities. OPH staff visit public pools, public spas, public wading pools, and splash pads, on a routine and complaint related basis, to make sure any infractions are corrected in a timely manner, and prepare a report about each visit.  This report is posted online shortly after the conclusion of the inspection, and includes any infractions found at the time of inspection.  If necessary, follow-up inspections are conducted to ensure compliance. Inspection reports remain on OPH's website for 2 years.

As all inspected premises are listed on OPH's disclosure website, any premise not listed has not been visited by a PHI. If you discover a discrepancy or have any questions about a particular public pool, or public spa/whirlpool or if there is an establishment not listed on this website, please call 613-580-6744 ext. 23806, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or by email at healthsante@ottawa.ca

OPH also monitors public beaches in accordance with the Recreational Water Protocol, 2016 which includes the inspection of any public beach that is owned or operated by a municipality to which the general public has access, and waterfronts that are part of recreational camps. Our staff conduct routine beach surveillance by collecting beach water samples on a regular basis and by assessing the beach for health hazards that may exist. The water results take 18 to 24 hours to process in the laboratory, and as such, swim and no-swim advisories are issued based on sample results taken from the previous day.  The results and the swim and no-swim advisories are posted both online and at the beach so the public can check before they choose to swim.  If you have any questions about the sample results or if you are concerned about the safety at a public beach please call 613-580-6744 ext. 23806, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or by email at healthsante@ottawa.ca.

 

 

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