/What should be done when an imminent health hazard (IHH) occurs at a food establishment?

Immediately stop all food-handling activities in areas affected by the imminent health hazard (IHH). Assess the situation and promptly notify the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) of the situation. If it is determined the IHH cannot be contained or lessened by the food establishment, then the facility must remain closed during an IHH.

Any food establishment found to be in operation with an IHH and having failed to notify the SNHD will be issued an immediate cease and desist order. The facility may be required to pass a complete inspection with ten demerits or less and no repeat critical- or major violations as well as pay applicable fees prior to re-opening.

When an unexpected condition arises in a food establishment, even if unsure if it is an IHH, contact the SNHD Environmental Health Division routine inspector (702-759-1110) for guidance.

When an IHH occurs outside of the SNHD regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm), call the 24-hour phone number (702-759-1600), choose the “Environmental Health” option, and press “1” to speak with an inspector; or, leave a detailed message for a prompt call back from the inspector on duty.