An imminent health hazard is a condition that can significantly cause harm or serious illness to you, your customers or the public. Imminent health hazards are dangerous even when there are no other risky conditions.
Examples of imminent health hazards include, but are not limited to, fire, flood, no hot water, no water, power outage, inadequate refrigeration, sewage backup, misuse of poisonous or toxic materials, onset of a suspected foodborne illness outbreak, gross unsanitary occurrences or conditions, or other circumstances that may endanger public health.
What should I do if an imminent health hazard occurs at my food establishment?
Immediately notify the health district and voluntarily discontinue operations. The health district will discuss the hazard with you and may approve a contingency plan.
If you fail to notify the health district and continue operations during an imminent health hazard, you will be issued a cease and desist order. You will also be assessed fees and required to pass an inspection, with fewer than 10 demerits and no identical repeat critical or major violations prior to reopening.
If your facility is closed for excessive violations with a history of non-compliance, including repeat critical or major violations, you may be required to attend a supervisory conference before an inspection to reopen the facility. Additionally, you will be required to pay all applicable fees before the inspection.
Call the health district to notify us that the imminent health hazard has been corrected. We will give you permission to re-open if all proper notification procedures were followed, or depending on the imminent health hazard, schedule a re-opening inspection.