Restaurant, pools and hotel inspection data now online, says Oregon Health Authority
For the first time, the results of restaurant, swimming pool and hotel inspections in Oregon are now easily accessible on the internet, thanks to a web portal developed by the Oregon Health Authority in cooperation with county health departments.
“It's really an opportunity for the public to make informed decisions about places they go, restaurants they use, pools that they go to,” said OHA spokesman Jonathan Modie. “They follow basically state rules, state law in making sure they are clean, that food is cooked properly, employees are using good hygiene practices."
Modie says there are 25,000 licensed restaurants, swimming pools and hotels in the state that are inspected by county health departments.
“For restaurants, it’s making sure that the holding temperatures are consistent," Modie said. "It’s making sure that hot foods are kept hot, cold food are kept cold. It's really about public health and safety."
Officials said when data is available depends on when the county began adding reports. It takes approximately 14 days after an inspection to show up in the portal.
Washington County uses its own inspection reporting site, but Multnomah County's reports will be available on the HealthSpace site starting in March.