1. Building Structure
A facility inspection should include a detailed examination of the building’s structure, including walls, floors, ceilings, stairs and other supportive elements. Inspectors should look for any signs of wear and tear or structural damage, such as cracking or water infiltration. They should also observe the state of the roofing and foundation, and check that all doors and windows are in proper working order.
2. Electrical Wiring
Inspectors should verify the condition of electrical wiring, circuit breakers, outlets, switches and other related components. They should ensure that there is no exposed wiring or loose connectors, and that any worn or damaged wires are repaired or replaced immediately. They should also be able to detect any overloaded circuits due to excessive power consumption.
3. HVAC Systems
Facility inspections should include the evaluation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Inspectors must verify that the system is running properly without any major leaks or faults in its operations, as well as perform preventative maintenance tasks to ensure optimal performance.
4. Fire Prevention Equipment
All fire safety equipment should be checked to make sure that it is in working order and up to date with any applicable codes. This includes ensuring that smoke alarms are properly installed and functioning, as well as inspecting extinguishers for expiration dates, refill levels and other damage indicators. Additionally, all escape routes should be clearly marked and free of any hazards or obstructions.
5. Plumbing Fixtures
Inspectors must inspect all plumbing fixtures such as sinks, toilets, showers, pipes and faucets to ensure they are in proper working condition without any signs of leakage or blockage. They should also check the water pressure of each fixture in order to prevent potential problems such as backflow or flooding.
6. First Aid Kits
All businesses should have an accessible first aid kit that is up to date with all the recommended supplies, such as bandages, antiseptics and other necessary items. Inspectors should check that these kits are properly stocked and stored in a location where they can be quickly accessed in case of emergency.
7. Emergency Lighting and Exit Signs
Inspectors must verify that emergency lighting and exit signs are installed correctly and functioning properly, so that individuals can evacuate the premises safely during an emergency situation. They should also ensure that there are no obstructions or damaged fixtures preventing easy access to exits.
8. Security Systems
Facility inspections should include a review of the security systems in place, such as surveillance cameras and access control devices. Inspectors should ensure that these systems are functioning correctly and that any necessary updates or repairs have been made.
9. Hazardous Materials Storage
All hazardous materials must be stored safely and properly according to applicable laws and regulations. Facility inspections should include checking for any signs of improper storage, such as leaking containers or expired chemicals, as well as ensuring that safety measures such as proper labeling and warning signs are in place.
10. Cleanliness of the Facility
The cleanliness of the facility is essential for health and safety reasons. Inspectors should observe all aspects of the cleaning process, including waste disposal methods, janitorial supplies and the maintenance of common areas. They should also verify that all applicable regulations related to cleanliness are being followed.