City of Austin Performance Report 2014-15

Number of Routine Inspections per Fixed Food Establishment (City)

Measure Description
This measure assesses the rate of inspections per fixed food establishment in the City of Austin. The goal is to provide two routine inspections per year for each fixed food establishment (restaurants, retail food stores and wholesale food products) in the city.  This goal is based on the FDA Voluntary Standards and the State of Texas Food Establishment Rules which the City of Austin has adopted.
Calculation Method
This measure is calculated by dividing the number of routine inspections for fixed establishments by the number of fixed food establishments in the database quarterly.
FY 2014-15 Results
The FY 2014-15 goal for this measure was 2.0 inspections per fixed food establishment; the actual result was 10,399 inspections performed for a rate of 2.095 inspections per establishment (rounded to 2.10). 
Assessment of Results
Over the last six years (FY2010-15), the number of fixed food establishments has grown from 4,306 to 4,994; a net increase of 688 establishments requiring 1,376 additional inspections to maintain a rate of 2/yr.  Staffing levels (Environmental Health Officers) within Health and Human Services (HHSD) have been increased for the provision of routine inspections required to achieve this goal.  For FY 2014-15, The Environmental Health Services Division (EHSD) was approved for an additional five Environmental Health Officer (Sanitarian) positions. The city of Austin continues to grow with a population increase of over 12% in the past five years, and new annexed areas covering over 150 square miles. This allocation of new inspector positions has enabled EHSD to reach its inspections goal.
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Next Steps
The goal of 2.0 inspections per fixed food establishment remains in place for FY 2015-16.  In addition to restaurant inspections, the sanitarians are responsible for inspections of pools, custodial care facilities, general environmental inspections and investigations, plan review, water sampling, and enforcing the Smoking in Public Places Ordinance.  As the city’s population continues to grow, and the number of food establishments continues to increase, additional staff will be required to maintain this important key performance goal.
Contact Information
For more information contact David Lopez, Chief Environmental Health Officer, EHSD, at (512) 978-0300.