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Farmworker Housing Inspections. Unit 3: Conducting the Inspection. Become familiar with the appropriate inspection forms in advance. Establish your own inspection system, using the inspection sheets/checklists as your guide.

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farmworker housing inspections

Farmworker Housing Inspections

Unit 3: Conducting the Inspection

general tips
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
suggested inspection sequence
Grounds & exterior

Initial walk-through of whole interior to get first impression (of cleanliness and state of repair)

Take measurements and go through checklist of:

Common area

Sleeping area



Suggested Inspection Sequence
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.

Suggested Inspection Sequence(continued)
housing site
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

water supply and sewage
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

water supply and sewage continued
Water Supply and Sewage (continued)
  • See water test results (where applicable)
  • No waste water seeping to surface

Sewer facilities not maintained

exterior structure
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

exterior openings
Exterior Openings
  • Windows operational (not broken/ cracked)
  • Screens in place (not torn), especially on doors
  • Doors operate freely

Building not in good repair

fire safety
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

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

Second exit unsafe

  • Garbage cans (with lids) available
  • No signs of rodent or insect infestation

No lid on garbage can

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)

  • 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

Exposed wiring (near water!)

Panel unsafe

electrical continued
Electrical (continued)

Proper trailer wiring

  • Proper wiring if housing is a trailer—no long extension cords on the ground

Unsafe trailer wiring

  • No leaks in pipes, faucets or sinks
  • No discoloration or bad taste in water

Faucet leaks

Water-damaged ceiling

plumbing toilets
Plumbing / Toilets
  • Toilets flush properly
  • Enough toilets for number of occupants
  • Adequate supply of toilet paper

Not clean & sanitary

Does it flush?

plumbing showers water heaters
Plumbing: Showers & Water Heaters
  • Showers and water heaters adequate for number of occupants
  • Pressure relief valve on water heater

Shower not maintained

interior structural issues
Interior steps in good condition

Floors in good condition

Appropriate permits posted

Interior –Structural Issues
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.

Interior Space
living sleeping space
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

living sleeping space23
Living/Sleeping Space
  • Sufficient windows and lighting
  • Beds available and properly set up (with linens, off the ground)

Model dorm room

No bed frames or linens

  • Proper storage for food (not left out in open)

Model kitchen

No food storage

kitchen appliances
Kitchen: Appliances
  • Ranges/stoves operate properly
  • No excessive dirt or grease

Model kitchen

Excessive dirt/grease

kitchen appliances continued
Kitchen: Appliances (continued)
  • Adequate number and size of refrigerator(s)
  • Refrigerator(s) operate(s)/ cool(s) properly

Model eating area