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1 Farmworker Housing Inspections Unit 3: Conducting the Inspection

2 Become familiar with the appropriate inspection forms in advance. Establish your own inspection system, using the inspection sheets/checklists as your guide. Experienced inspectors find it helpful to follow a consistent sequence for inspecting a property, such as on the next slide. General Tips

3 Suggested Inspection Sequence 1.Grounds & exterior 2.Initial walk-through of whole interior to get first impression (of cleanliness and state of repair) 3.Take measurements and go through checklist of: a.Common area b.Sleeping area c.Bathrooms d.Kitchen

4 Suggested Inspection Sequence (continued) Start at the hardest-to-reach area inside the building. It may be helpful to end in kitchen. –Many important items (appliances, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, etc.) tend to be placed there. –If the employer is present, you can sit together and discuss the results there.

5 Housing Site Grounds cleaned prior to arrival of inspector Perimeter free of trash/junk/debris No poisonous plants or uncontrolled weeds/grass Measure distance from health hazards (mosquitoes, livestock) Debris & uncontrolled weeds

6 Water Supply and Sewage Sewage drains into sewer or an approved septic tank and tile field No standing water on ground Liquid waste discharged onto ground

7 Water Supply and Sewage (continued) See water test results (where applicable) No waste water seeping to surface Sewer facilities not maintained

8 Exterior Structure Gutters clean and intact Steps in good condition Take and record exterior measurements (overall building dimensions) Roof in good repair (no sign of recent leaks) Model exterior

9 Exterior Openings Windows operational (not broken/ cracked) Screens in place (not torn), especially on doors Doors operate freely Building not in good repair

10 Fire Safety No flammable liquids stored in living areas Smoke alarms installed and operational Fire extinguisher ready to use Flammable material too close to stove

11 Fire Safety (continued) Second exit available in case of fire Fire escape for second-floor rooms Second exit unsafe

12 Sanitation Garbage cans (with lids) available No signs of rodent or insect infestation No lid on garbage can

13 Heating/Ventilation Facility has adequate heating system, if occupied in cold months Heating system is adequate for living area and is properly vented (if applicable)

14 Electrical Electrical outlets operable (no broken plates) Electrical panel safe and unobstructed No exposed or unsafe wiring (extension cords used properly, not overloaded) No outlet plate Panel unsafe Exposed wiring (near water!)

15 Electrical (continued) Proper wiring if housing is a trailer— no long extension cords on the ground Unsafe trailer wiring Proper trailer wiring

16 Plumbing No leaks in pipes, faucets or sinks No discoloration or bad taste in water Faucet leaks Water-damaged ceiling

17 Plumbing / Toilets Toilets flush properly Enough toilets for number of occupants Adequate supply of toilet paper Does it flush?Not clean & sanitary

18 Plumbing: Showers & Water Heaters Showers and water heaters adequate for number of occupants Pressure relief valve on water heater Shower not maintained

19 Interior –Structural Issues Interior steps in good condition Floors in good condition Appropriate permits posted

20 Interior – Health & Safety Issues No loose and peeling paint (especially in kitchen area) No mold growth First aid kit properly stocked

21 Interior Space Take and record room measurements To obtain the square feet of floor space available per occupant, multiply the width times the length of the room.

22 Living/Sleeping Space Adequate storage for workers’ clothing and personal items Sleeping space adequate for the number of beds per room Model dorm room Overcrowded, no clothes storage

23 Living/Sleeping Space Sufficient windows and lighting Beds available and properly set up (with linens, off the ground) No bed frames or linensModel dorm room

24 Kitchen Proper storage for food (not left out in open) No food storage Model kitchen

25 Kitchen: Appliances Ranges/stoves operate properly No excessive dirt or grease Model kitchen Excessive dirt/grease

26 Kitchen: Appliances (continued) Adequate number and size of refrigerator(s) Refrigerator(s) operate(s)/ cool(s) properly Model eating area

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