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New Mandatory Inspection Disclosure Rules for Businesses

kitchen worker preparing foodStarting July 1, 2018, the new HKPR CheckINspection program launches in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County and Haliburton County. The new program means it will be easier to see health unit inspection results for the following businesses:

• Restaurants/food premises (including cafeterias, grocery stores, banquet halls and catering kitchens).

• Beauty and body art businesses (like tattoo parlours, barber shops, nail/hair salons and body piercing studios).

• Recreational water facilities (such as public pools, spas/hot tubs, splash pads and wading pools).

What are the new requirements?

If you own or operate an affected business, the following rules will apply as of July 1, 2018:

• Results from health unit inspections will be posted on the new HKPR CheckINspection website.

• You must hang a sign in your business showing the results of your most recent inspection.

• Food premises/restaurants must have at least one certified food handler on site at all times.

Where are the benefits to businesses?

• It shows customers that you care about protecting their health.

• It creates a safe and healthy workplace for you, your staff and customers.

What are the benefits to customers?

• Inspection reports for local businesses can easily be found/searched online. This FAQ provides more information about the new HKPR CheckINspection program and website.

• People can make more safe, informed choices when selecting a local service or business.

Are there additional resources for businesses?

• Contact the Health Unit to receive a Frequently Asked Questions Guide for Businesses. Call 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006, or email: info@hkpr.on.ca

• If you are a restaurant/food premise, learn about food handler certification options available for you and your staff.

• Public Health Inspections will also provide information on the changes to affected businesses during their regular inspection visits. If you have any further questions, speak to your Public Health Inspector.