Schertz Environmental Health is responsible for protecting the health and safety of Schertz residents and visitors. We license and inspect food establishments, mobile food units, commercial swimming pools and foster care homes. Other duties may include reviewing complaints on hotels and other public health nuisances.
A Sanitarian, who is sometimes referred to as a public health inspector, is a person who visits businesses in their area in order to make sure standards of cleanliness and sanitation are enforced. They may conduct either routine or surprise inspections in order to safeguard public health. They might also impose fines or, in some instances, force a temporary closure of an establishment whose workers violate health and safety regulations.
The City's Sanitarian usually make calls on businesses like restaurants, hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, and taverns. During these visits, the sanitarian normally checks to make sure the establishment is using the proper procedures for cooking food or sanitizing equipment. They might take samples of the food or tests meats to ensure they are prepared to the proper temperatures. They might also check the temperature of freezers and refrigerators to make sure they are operating properly, so that no bacteria can grow.