In an effort to be more green and be on the cutting edge of technology, the health department in Summit County, Utah, will take its inspection system paperless, according to the Park Record.
The Summit County Health Department made the switch in late April. This will allow workers to use their tablets and computers for inspections rather than taking paper with them everywhere they go.
|“If we can do it efficiently, we should do it efficiently,” said Leslie Freeman, the director of the health department’s Food Safety & Permitting Department, according to the news source. “This system is so much more professional. Not having to hand file everything, going electronic will make the process more efficient.”|
Changes to the program have been a long time coming, as the inspectors and other department employees have been training with the software and getting ready to use the system in the field.
Electronic files will now be used to track inspections, according to the Park Record, which will go into a pool and be used to let the department track consistent offenders and see any incoming complaint to the health department.
Instead of having to handwrite and file reports on restaurants, the inspections will now be instantly sent through email to restaurant owners and managers, which should help to make the inspection process much shorter and more efficient.
|“If there’s a glove issue, that would be our campaign,” Freeman said. “If it’s a hygiene problem, where people aren’t washing their hands properly, that could be the focus. We do plan to do more inspections because we will have more time to do so.”|
State and county governments are increasingly showing interest in paperless offices. The state of Washington is one such example, as they look to go paperless with its taxes and other payments.
The company that is helping Washington go paperless said state and government agencies like using an electronic content management solution because it helps reduce the expense of paper, eliminates waste and speeds up the collection of payments, thereby improving efficiency.