Occ. Code 6463100




New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




            Public Health Inspectors conduct public health inspections of food service establishments, community water supplies, licensed day camps, childrens camps, camping sites, trailer parks, migrant labor camps, and other temporary residences, bathing beaches and swimming pools to determine compliance with the State Sanitary Code.  Positions in this class are found only in the Department of Health.




            Public Health Inspectors are responsible for the on-site initial and follow-up inspection of various licensed recreational and temporary residential facilities within an assigned geographic area of the State.  Positions are characterized by the conduct of field inspections of these various facilities utilizing checklists and functioning under specific written procedures in order to determine compliance with specific provisions of the State Sanitary Code.  These positions are primarily concerned with gathering specific information through personal observation.  Inspections may involve discussions with owners and operators of these establishments to exchange information about violations and the requirements for correcting them.


            Although there are no classes performing these same type tasks and activities there are many other inspector type classes.  Such classes as Farm Products Inspector, Horticultural Inspector and Food Inspector in the Department of Agriculture and Markets inspect for a wide range of possible violations of the Agriculture and Markets Laws and issue notifications of such violations.  Other classes in the Department of Labor such as Safety and Health Inspector and Boiler Inspector enforce sections of the Labor Law through inspections and issuance of notices of violations.




The listing in this section is not intended to be all inclusive but merely to indicate many of the areas where an incumbent will usually make observations.


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Using a checklist and following specific procedures inspects temporary residences for conformance and compliance with the State Sanitary Code (Parts 6, 7, and 15) and licensing permit requirements.





Using a checklist inspects the treatment and disposal of sewage for compliance with the conditions of the permit.




Using a checklist inspects kitchen, dining area and food service area for compliance with pertinent provisions of the Sanitary Code and with the conditions of the permits.





Inspects swimming pools and bathing beach areas for clean and safe conditions.




Answers routine correspondence regarding permits and violations.


As a follow-up to an inspection involving violations may testify at a hearing and prepare rough sketches or graphs illustrating a point.




            The nature of the tasks and activities performed by incumbents of this class requires frequent oral communication, often dealing with delicate issues, with a variety of people including residents, owners, operators, other State employees, hearing officers and lawyers.  They must establish rapport sufficient to obtain necessary information about the facility by asking questions and to give information about the public health requirements of the facility inspected.  Written reports are prepared within a prescribed format on all inspection activities.


            Working relationships are maintained by way of verbal and written communications with owners and operators of the establishments and with other State employees.




            Incumbents of positions in this class work alone in the field.  They usually report to a Public Health Sanitarian who reviews the reports of inspection for compliance with specific instructions, procedures and the checklist of items to be inspected.  Public Health Inspectors usually schedule their own inspections around a general schedule.  Employees in this entry class do not supervise any other positions but may be asked to assist in the orientation of new employees.















            Two years of experience in a position involved with environmental health work, sanitation work or medical or laboratory technology and successful completion of 12 college credit hours in natural sciences or in an acceptable applied science.


            NOTE:  Possession of a valid New York State drivers license is required.




Reviewed:  5/04





NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.