Health Department

Ambridge Borough Department of Health

The Ambridge Health Department is a part time agency located in the Borough’s Municipal Building (Administration Office) at 600 Eleventh Street, Ambridge, PA 15003. The department provides public health and safety services to approximately 7,000 residents in a 1.7 square mile area.

The Ambridge Health Department employs a part time Health Officer. The health officer is responsible for the inspection and certification of all food and drinking establishments, food trucks selling food to the public within the city limits and any grocery or convenience stores in the Borough of Ambridge. Other duties involve Restaurant Health and Food Safety complaints; Schools, Churches, Nursing homes inspections, New, Temporary, or Transferring of health licensing for establishments. 

Health inspections or license requests may be made by calling the Borough Administration Office 724-266-4070. Completed inspection PASS/FAIL Food Safety Inspection Results may be viewed at the Administration Office as well.

You may ask a question to the Health Dept. via email:  [email protected]

Please note – the Health Officer does not check his emails daily and will answer as soon as possible.  If you need a quicker answer – please phone the Borough Building (724-266-4070)  and ask for extension 220 – This secretary will either take a message or transfer your call to me.  If it’s an true EMERGENCY you can call 911. 

NEW in January 2020 – you will be able to view all of Ambridge Health License  Inspections on line.  We are in the beginning stages of entering all, so please be patient. The link to the Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspections is:  Local Food Safety Health License Inspections

See some of the links below: 

Grease Notice from the Municipal Authority

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM AMBRIDGE MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY:

FATS, OILS & GREASE (FOG)

Did you know that nearly 50% of all sewage overflows nationwide are caused by homeowners who improperly dispose of every day Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG)?  These overflows are not just public health issues, but can result in serious damage to our environment, especially pollution to our rivers and streams.

Grease is a problem in the sewage collection and treatment business.  Grease is singled out for special attention because of its poor solubility in water and its tendency to separate from the liquid solution.  Large amounts of oil and grease in the wastewater cause trouble in the collection pipes and wastewater treatment plant.

RESIDENTIAL/HOMEOWNER

Grease from cooking, gravy, cooking oil, and sauces may look harmless as a liquid, but when it cools it gets thick and sticky.  That means if you pour grease down the drain it sticks to pipes and eventually causes clogs and messy backup into homes.

FREEZE YOUR HOUSEHOLD GREASE, THEN TOSS IN THE TRASH

COMMERCIAL/BUSINESS

Sanitary sewer overflows (SSO) and sewer line maintenance due to FOG (fats, oils & grease) waste have been on the rise.  This has prompted stricter enforcement of ordinances and regulations governing FOG discharge into the sewer system.  Enforcement requires the installment and proper maintenance of a pretreatment device commonly known as a GRD (Grease Removal Device).

There are two types of devices:

  1.  Grease Trap (Indoor) – Intended for limited food or drink preparation, typically found very close to a pre-wash sink.
  2. Grease Interceptor (Outdoor) – Intended for food and drink operations, found outside because of large capacity for FOG.

ALL FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A GREASE REMOVAL DEVICE

REFERENCED IN THE AUTHORITY’S RULES AND REGULATIONS, SECTION 6 – PROHIBITED USE OF SEWERS

ADOPTED BY AUTHORITY BOARD ON OCTOBER 20, 2014 UNDER RESOLUTION NO. 1 – 2014.

Guidance from your Ambridge Health Dept. (click here for more info)

COVID-19 GUIDANCE: Grocery & Convenience Store Employees

 Information from Nick Sheleheda, LHO

Covid-19 (Corona Virus 19)

MONDAY (3-16-2020) AFTERNOON UPDATE:

I want to provide you all with some updates related to the COVID 19 situation. Things are changing rapidly and we are all doing our best to get information out to you consistently and accurately.
First off, PDA headquarters office is closed. If you have an emergency involving a food business please contact PEMA (717) 651-2001
Next, Restaurants across the entire state have been given orders under the Governor’s office to close dine-in food service. Takeout, delivery and drive-through food service continues to be allowed. Walk-in, order and leave at a facility is acceptable.
Many schools are also continuing to operate and can continue to do so under the Summer Food Service Program. If they are a school that operates for summer food service they can continue to provide meals to students but only on a delivery or take out basis as with other RFFs.
 
This notice of closing are for ‘non-essential businesses’. While there is no definition of essential versus non-essential, at this time essential would be considered places such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores selling gas. The goal is to stop the spread of COVID-19 by minimizing large groups of people congregating in the same area at one time. These closings are not to stop essential businesses from operating and people having access to certain services. The order for closing non-essential businesses is for the entire state.

Please view the Pennyslvania Department of Health link – they update it daily. 

They answer the most common questions about the COVID-19, give you symptom to watch for;  protect yourself facts; travel information and much more. 

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

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