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Risk-based Inspection Implementation

Investigators
Beers, Robert
Institutions
Southwest Utah Public Health Department
Start date
2012
End date
2017
Objective
The first component of the SWUPHD Environmental Health Department (EHD) new'Risk Based Inspection Implementation Program' (RBIIP) involves a significant increase to thetraining of internal and external stakeholders - so that increased awareness, retainedknowledge, experience and active managerial control skills of participating individuals will leadto noteworthy reductions of hazards and other risk factors known to cause or contribute to food-borne illness. This training would include information about plan reviews and advanced foodpreparation techniques such as reduced oxygen packaging and sushi preparation. The second ingredient of the SWUPHD-EHD new RBIIP concerns a considerableincrease in the number of visits and time spent at food handler sites annually, in an effort tomagnify the compliance percentages across the board within the SWUPHD-EHD jurisdictionalboundaries. Accomplishing this objective will involve hiring one additional full-timeEnvironmental Health Scientist in the department to allow for additional time to be spent(quantitatively and qualitatively) at the various sites served. The final element of the SWUPHD-EHD new RBIIP incorporates new communicationstrategies amongst all SWUPHD stakeholders. These additional measures will include aquarterly newsletter delivered electronically (preferably) or via standard mail to all entitiesserved within geographical jurisdiction; an annual food safety town-hall meeting at variousMSA's within each of the five jurisdictional counties served (one in each per year); thedevelopment, delivery and collection of an annual 'feedback survey' (preferably in electronicformat within the current agency website) involving all SWUPHD-EHD constituents withinjurisdictional boundaries in an effort to collect, analyze and improve agency philosophies andpractices toward garnering the affective organizational commitment of all interestedstakeholders; and the creation of a public inspection notice section on the current agencywebsite for public viewing and awareness. Additional resources applicable to the successfulimplementation and sustainability of the three primary factors of the SWUPHD-EHD new RBIIPwill include an annual appropriation for professional grant writing and reporting fees;supplemental office supplies and technological support equipment (updated computers); andannual compensation raises for SWUPHD-EHD staff.
Funding Source
Food and Drug Administration
Project source
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Project number
5U18FD004663-05
Categories
Parasites
Natural Toxins
Viruses and Prions
Bacterial Pathogens
Chemical Contaminants
Packaging Residues