SANITARIAN SUPERVISOR                     






            This is environmental health work supervising a staff of lower level sanitarians engaged in conducting environmental health inspections and investigations in an assigned health district or program area.  Employees are required to resolve most regulatory problems that arise, and are further responsible for a substantial portion of the interpretation of codes and education of interested parties as to code requirements and their application to specific cases.

             Work is performed under the direction of a higher level sanitarian.  Work involves light physical effort and some disagreeable aspects.


ALLOCATING FACTORS:  (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)


•           Employees in this class must work in the Health Department.

•           Employees in this class must supervise sanitarians engaged in conducting environmental health inspections and investigations.






            Performs the duties described below with English language speaking and designated non-English speaking populations.




            Plans, assigns and supervises the activities of a staff of lower level sanitarians engaged in performing environmental health inspectional and investigational work in a particular health district or work location which includes sanitary conditions of milk and food establishments, barber and beauty shops, swimming pools, insect and rodent complaints, potential lead poisoning hazards, or tobacco sales practices; reviews inspectional reports of these sanitarians; occasionally accompanies sanitarians on inspections; instructs new employees in inspectional procedures.

            Conducts inspections as required which includes complex investigations; conducts all pre-court inspections; performs post-inspections of abatement work; prepares inspection reports.

            Studies and makes decisions on difficult or unusual environmental health problems requiring interpretation of regulations and/or applying the individual's expertise in a given area.

            Holds administrative hearings with owners or proprietors or establishments, reviews previously found violations; recommends enforcement action when necessary; may be required to appear in court.

            Periodically reviews the scheduling and work of lower level sanitarians and other environmental health personnel to ensure that objectives are being met.

            Supervises the maintenance of records and prepares reports reflecting program results and progress.

            May review plans for new or renovated establishments.

            Speaks before community groups to provide general or specific program information in addition to enlisting participation in the public health program.

            Performs related work as required.


Tobacco Control Assignment


            Ensures directly, and through subordinate staff, business compliance with local tobacco sales laws; coordinates tobacco retail education and enforcement activities across the Department of Public Health and with other City agencies; makes determinations on business exemption from local tobacco sales laws; prepares reports and presentations for City and state agencies, public health stakeholders, and the public regarding tobacco enforcement.






•           the regulations applicable to environmental health

•           the methods, principles and techniques of environmental health

•           the objectives of public health regulatory activities

•           the basic principles of bacteriology and laboratory practice as related to the analysis of milk, food, and food products and water

              tobacco products available for sale and their health effects for the Tobacco Control Assignment only




•           plan and supervise the work of a moderately sized group of technical assistants

•           enforce regulations with firmness and tact

•           maintain satisfactory relationships with operators of establishments inspected, associates and community organizations

•           use computers and learn software applications related to work assignment

•           make clear and concise reports and recommendations

•           speak, read and write fluently in the designated non-English language and English language for the bilingual specialty


MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE  (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.  Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 4/15.)




            Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university with major course work in dairy or food technology, environ­mental, agricultural, life or physical science.





            Three years of post Bachelor’s degree environmental health work inspecting a variety of establishments for conformance to public health regulations and codes or coordinating permitting and enforcement activities for compliance with local tobacco laws.


            Or any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources which includes a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with completion of 30 credit hours in any combination of coursework described above as the educational minimum.


NOTE:            Registration as a Sanitarian with the Commonwealth Board for Registration of Sanitarians or equivalent registration from another state or National Environmental Health Association certification as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/ Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) may be substituted for one year of experience.


NOTE:  Selective Factor Certification may be utilized, as needed, to fill specific positions.  In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 11.032 – Selective Factor Certification – the appointing authority may request certification of eligible candidates with the required degree, specific experience and/or registration to fill specific positions in this class.  Certification to fill such positions will be made from the two highest-ranking eligible candidates on the eligible list who possess the specified degrees, experience and/or registration.




            Sufficient training and/or experience to be able to understand and speak fluently and clearly in English and the designated non-English language. 




            Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.




            Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Sanitarian Supervisor.

            Possession of a current certificate as a Lead Inspector and Risk Assessor by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania if required by work assignment.

            Possession of a current certificate as either a Certified Public Applicator or a Registered Pesticide Applicator from the Department of Agriculture of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania required by work assignment.


Class Established - 4/53

Spec. Revision: CSC - 1/98; Ad. Board - 4/98

CSC - 5/10; Ad. Board - 7/10

Latest Spec. Revision: CSC – 4/15; Ad. Board – 4/15