Consumer Public Health / Inspection Services
Consumer Public Health enforces public health laws and regulations
which include but are not limited to Body Art, Childhood lead (Pb)
investigations, Food Surveillance and Sanitation, Public Health Nuisance
complaints, Public Recreational Bathing, Rabies and Zoonosis, Septic Systems
and Wells, the Smoke Free Air Act, Tanning Facilities and Youth Camps.
Body Art Procedures
Businesses which perform tattooing, permanent cosmetic procedures and ear/body piercings are regulated by Chapter 8 of the State Sanitary Code to ensure that adequate sterilization, sanitation, and safety standards are maintained. Inspectors conduct yearly inspections in addition to investigation of any complaints received.
Childhood Lead (Pb) Investigations
Inspections are conducted as a response to confirmed
elevated childhood blood lead levels, in collaboration with the MCHD Case
Manager and Lead Coordinator. MCHD Lead
Inspectors/Risk Assessors maintain a separate license issued by the State of NJ
Department of Health.
Food Surveillance and Sanitation
Food establishments must operate in accordance with Chapter 24 of the NJ State Sanitary Code. Food establishments within the Department's jurisdiction are inspected at least once per year. Citizen complaints are investigated. Enforcement action is taken as necessary to insure compliance with sanitary standards. All records are available to patrons.
Retail Food Establishments
Temporary & Seasonal Operations
Food Safety For The Consumer
Public Health Nuisance Complaints
Complaints are normally initiated by residents and may
include: noxious weeds, housing, solid waste, insects, rodents, and
malfunctioning plumbing or septic systems. The public health nuisance code is a
municipally enacted ordinance. Call
732-431-7456 X 8580 for assistance.
Public Recreational Bathing
Recreational bathing sites are inspected at least twice during the operating season to insure compliance with NJ State Sanitary Code for Public Recreational Bathing.
Rabies & Zoonosis
If you are a resident of the State of NJ,
you are eligible to participate in any of the free rabies clinics statewide,
regardless of your municipality of residence. MCHD Member municipalities
provide rabies vaccination clinics for dogs and cats. Specific dates and
locations are listed on the MCHD Calendar of Events page (below) or can be
obtained by calling the health department. This office coordinates specimens
requiring rabies testing through the NJ PHEL laboratory.
Septic System & Well Inspections
The Health Department oversees the approvals and the inspections of septic systems and wells for our member municipalities. Inspections are conducted throughout the entire installation of the approved system to ensure compliance with state regulations and requirements.
Well Construction and Maintenance
Smoke Free Air Act Initiative
Since January 2006, smoking has been prohibited in most New Jersey indoor public places. Restaurants, bars, retail stores, and most other businesses with public access must be maintained smoke free. Citizen complaints regarding smoking indoors are investigated with violations issued non-compliance.
NJ Tobacco Control
Inspections of tanning facilities are conducted to ensure
compliance with state regulations including general sanitation and
disinfection, state registration of the facility, signage, customer protection. training and record keeping.
are inspected for basic sanitation, immunizations, adequate food handling, and
compliance with State regulations in such areas as swimming, boating, archery,
horseback riding, and others.