Closures or “Permit Suspensions” are performed in response to Imminent Health Hazards present in a food facility that pose a serious health hazard if not immediately corrected. Such Imminent Health Hazards include, but are not limited to:
Vermin (cockroaches, rats, mice) in critical food areas
No water available
Lack of “warm” (100F or greater) water for adequate hand washing
No operable restrooms
Fire or other disaster
Orange County Environmental Health recognizes that closures can be owner initiated, meaning the owner or operator of the business recognizes the hazard and does the right thing in self closing their business prior to an inspector’s arrival and ordering the facility closed. We encourage this practice because it eliminates the exposure to the consumer to the health hazard faster than waiting for an inspector to initiate or order the closure.
The main purpose for closures is to safeguard the health and safety of the public. A closure allows the facility to concentrate their efforts to eliminating the reason for the closure.
Whether it is an Inspector Initiated Closure or an Owner Initiated Closure, a representative of Environmental Health will always verify that the imminent health hazard has been completely and safely eliminated prior to reinstating the permit to reopen.