The proposed policy would have county Department of Environmental
Health inspectors place colored placards for the public to see at restaurants
indicating major county health code violations, according to county
spokeswoman Gwen Mitchell.
The board also asked the health department to prepare a way to
assign a more-precise numerical score rating for each restaurant inspected
that would be posted on the department's website, Mitchell said.
The department will submit proposed colored sign and online
numerical score grading systems at a future date for the board's
consideration, Mitchell said.
Major code violations include practices that pose an "imminent
health hazard," such as employees not washing their hands, employees working
while ill, inadequate food storage or cooking temperatures and sewage, animal
or insect contamination, Mitchell said.
The placard system would grade eateries within the county,
assigning them signs with one of three colors based on major code violations
detected during inspections and then posting the signs at the businesses,
A green placard would mean the business had one major violation
that was corrected or mitigated during the inspection and a yellow would
indicate two or more violations and that a second inspection would take place
within three days, Mitchell said.
A red sign would tell the public that the health department had
ordered the business closed as a danger to public health and safety, Mitchell