The work of environmental health officers includes both food safety, and health and safety.
Food safety work involves the routine inspection of food businesses from small retail shops to pubs, restaurants and food manufacturers. We operate the Food Standards Agency's food hygiene rating scheme, a number of Primary Authority partnerships and the Greater Manchester Healthier Catering Award. We also investigate complaints, accidents and food poisoning notifications.
The service is responsible for enforcing food hygiene and health and safety laws in around 4,250 commercial premises within the city. We aim to visit a set number in any one year - some more than once - and, generally, we do not give notice of our intention to inspect.
We enforce a number of acts of Parliament and many sets of regulations. These laws cover such things as:
- unclean food premises
- smoking within enclosed spaces
- unfit or unwholesome food on sale or display
- unsafe food hygiene practices
- unsafe places of work
- unsafe pieces of work equipment
- unsafe work activities
- lack of welfare facilities at work
- inadequate training of food handling staff and employees for the job in hand
- illness caused through suspect food
- illness or accidents resulting from work activities
- issuing of licenses
How do we do this?
We investigate food proprietors and employers, and prosecute those who break the law. Here are some of the things we do on a regular basis to try to prevent people breaking the law:
- inspect food shops, cafes, restaurants, takeaways and other food outlets
- check on the safety of food on sale by sampling
- inspect places of work, such as offices, shops, warehouses and many others
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Who to contact
- Environmental Health
- Regulatory Services
631 Eccles New Road
Map to this location
- 0161 925 1097
- 0161 920 8484
This page was last updated on 17 January 2014