Borough of Columbia, PA
Lancaster County
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These rules and regulations shall be known and may be cited as the "Health and Sanitation Code of the Borough of Columbia." The rules and regulations of this Health and Sanitation Code of the Borough of Columbia are supplemental to the rules and regulations of the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, all relating to public health and shall, as to matters to which they refer, supersede all local ordinances heretofore or hereafter enacted inconsistent therewith.
The rules and regulations known as the "Health and Sanitation Code of the Borough of Columbia" are adopted for the following purposes:
A. 
To prevent the introduction and/or spread of infectious or contagious diseases by inspection and regulation of food-service establishments, the regulation of infected places and the separation of infected persons who have been exposed to infectious or contagious diseases.
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To prevent the introduction and/or spread of infections or diseases by the regulation of swimming and bathing places.
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To prevent the introduction and/or spread of diseases by the regulation of dogs and cats by prohibiting the running at large of such animals and requiring vaccination against rabies.
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To abate and remove nuisances prejudicial to public health; and
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To provide uniform and comprehensive regulations for the protection of the health of the residents of the Borough of Columbia.
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The following words and terms used in this Health and Sanitation Code of the Borough of Columbia shall have the following meanings, unless a different meaning is plainly required by the context or a different meaning is stated in any of the several articles hereof:
ADEQUATE
Suitable for the specific purpose and efficiently operated or sufficiently furnished to accomplish acceptable results without undue loss of time.
APPROVED
Accepted as satisfactory to the Health Officer of the Borough of Columbia.
APPROVED LABORATORY
A laboratory approved by the Secretary of Health or the Secretary of Agriculture of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or both, where applicable, and which is properly equipped and staffed.
BOARD
The Board of Health of the Borough of Columbia.
BOROUGH
The Borough of Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
BULK FOOD
Unpackaged or unwrapped, processed or unprocessed food in aggregate, containers from which quantities desired by the consumer are withdrawn. This term shall include all salad bars and buffets, but shall not include whole, clean, undamaged fresh fruits or fresh vegetables and nuts in the shell. Bulk foods shall be deemed to include drink not served by dispenser or otherwise packaged.
CATERER
The person or business entity, other than a food vendor, providing for commercial gain food for human consumption not prepared in a food-service establishment licensed by the Borough of Columbia. A caterer normally provides food for an event or function at a place of business, place of assembly, or private home.
DRINK
Any liquid substance, except a drug, used or intended to be used for human consumption.
EATING AND DRINKING PLACE
Any establishment so defined in this article.
EMPLOYEE
Any person so defined in this article; in addition, the term "employee" shall include any person whose services are hired by any employer in consideration of direct or indirect monetary wages or profits.
EMPLOYER
Any person who employs the services of any other individual person.
FOOD
Any substance, except a drug, used or intended to be used for human consumption.
FOOD HANDLER
Any person who handles food or drink during storage, manufacture, preparation, handling, sale or serving in such a manner that some portion of the clothing or body of such person may come in contact with such food or drink or with utensils used in connection therewith.
FOOD-SERVICE ESTABLISHMENT
Any establishment so defined in this article.
HEALTH OFFICER
The Health Officer of the Borough of Columbia or his duly authorized agent. In the absence of the appointment of a health officer by the Borough Council of the Borough of Columbia, the Code Enforcement Officer of the Borough of Columbia, or his duly authorized agent, shall be deemed the Health Officer.
INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENT
Any premises, manufacturing or otherwise, processing materials for sale or for use in connection with the business of the establishment or as a service to the public.
MINOR
A person under the age of 18 years.
NUISANCE
A public nuisance prejudicial to public health which includes but is not limited to the dumping, storing or accumulating of used goods and materials on public or private property except when the same are stored in closed containers. Used goods and materials shall include but not be limited to tires, machinery and equipment, paper, cans, garbage and trash.
OWNER
The owner or owners of any building or structure, whether an individual, firm, corporation, association, partnership or other legal entity.
PERISHABLE FOOD
Raw fruits and vegetables, live seafood other than soft-shell clams and mussels or any food or drink of such type or in such condition as may spoil.
PLUMBING INSPECTOR
The Plumbing Inspector of the Borough of Columbia or his duly authorized agent. In the absence of the appointment of a plumbing inspector by the Borough Council of the Borough of Columbia, the Code Enforcement Officer of the Borough of Columbia, or his duly authorized agent, shall be deemed the Plumbing Inspector.
POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS FOOD
Any food or drink which consists in whole or in part of milk or milk products, eggs, meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, edible crustacea, or other ingredients, including synthetic ingredients, in a form capable of supporting rapid and progressive growth of infectious or toxigenic microorganisms. The term does not include clean, whole, uncracked, odor-free shell eggs, or foods or drinks which have a pH level of 4.6 or below or a water activity (aw) value of 0.85 or less.
PUBLIC
All persons, including but not limited to business invitees, licensees, guests, members and patrons, and public and private school students.
PUBLIC BUILDING
Any building or group of buildings or a portion of a building owned, leased, rented or occupied by any public agency, which building is open to the public for the purpose of conducting business of the agency or for public gatherings of any character.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any premises, building or establishment which is freely accessible to a considerable number of persons, other than employees of the place, for purposes of assembly, and includes, among others, parks, playgrounds, public buildings, schools, colleges, libraries, museums, exhibition buildings, lecture halls, assembly halls, dance halls, theaters, bathhouses, stadiums, passenger stations, bowling alleys, skating rinks, auditoriums, clubs and restaurants.
REGULATORY AUTHORITY
That individual, agency, or authority responsible for the approval of a food preparation or food-service establishment.
SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
The Secretary of Agriculture of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
SECRETARY OF HEALTH
The Secretary of Health of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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The masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter, and the singular shall include the plural with respect to all terms set forth and used herein.
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Editor's Note: See also §§ 126-6A through E, 126-13, 126-21, 126-28, 126-33 and 126-43.