Minneapolis Inspection Posting Going Online
The city of Minneapolis hosted a meeting for all interested parties concerning the online inspection posting process. There were about 15 people present for the discussion. They did a nice job of walking us through the process and explaining the decisions they would have to make. Whether you like the idea or not, here are a few things to consider:
- At some point, everything is going to be online anyway
- We do want our cities to be transparent with public information
- All the reports will be posted, not selected reports or businesses
It is looking like this could happen by October 1st, 2015.
The electronic inspection vendor that the city uses is working with Minneapolis to make the information easy to access and to understand. Here are some of the details to be decided:
- Should there be a one week lag between the filing of the report and the online posting?
- How much history should be posted to start with? The last inspection?
- How can an operator respond to an inspection report?
- Should an operator be apprise of any violations that will be cited before the inspector leaves?
- How should the context be set? Explain the inspection process? Make readers acknowledge they understand what constitutes as a violation?
- Is there a process for re-inspections
Thanks to Minneapolis for doing a great job of communicating the process and soliciting participation in discussion.
It would be a very good idea to push back on the software provider so they make it possible to explain what an operator has done to correct a violation. For example, if the violation says “handwashing not observed” I want to be able to tell the reader that “We have trained and signed off every employee on how and when to wash their hands. Management will observe and follow up every shift.”
October 1 is coming fast. You can’t do anything about the last inspection, but you can own the next one.
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