Niagara Region Public Health updates disclosure program

Niagara Region Public Health press release – ​Niagara Region Public Health is making it easier than ever for residents and visitors to make informed decisions on where to eat, swim, and receive aesthetic services in Niagara through updates to the disclosure website and new public premise inspection signs.

“Public Health has been helping residents and visitors find inspection results online since 2007, but previously each type of business was organized into a separate search on our website,” said Anthony Habjan, manager, Environmental Health, Niagara Region Public Health. “Now, Public Health Inspects incorporates all services under one search, allowing people to easily find inspection results for a variety of businesses all in one location. The update also features a ‘Near Me’ option, which will load inspection results for all inspected businesses in the users immediate area.”

Public Health Inspects signs will begin to appear in businesses as early as this week and will continue to be rolled out through the end of the year. The signs will inform residents that local businesses have been inspected and direct visitors to, where they will be provided with inspection results and additional information allowing them to make an informed decision. It also provides an opportunity for businesses to promote that they operate in a sanitary manner.

“The health and safety of our clients as well as our staff has always been very important to us,” said Gord Bouchard, owner, Golden Horseshoe Tattoo and Piercing located in St. Catharines. “We encourage everyone who is interested in getting a tattoo or piercing to check the inspection result website to make an informed decision.”

Signage will be posted at or near the main public entrance, in a location clearly visible to customers. Public Health inspects approximately 4,790 premises including places that provide food, tattoos, piercings, hair and aesthetic services, as well as pools and spas, with all inspection results posted to the website.

“This is a really cool opportunity to showcase all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes,” said Isabella Bujor, owner, The Lemon Tree also in St. Catharines. “It also allows us to identify opportunities to improve.”

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