CHAPTER 3. GENERAL INSPECTION INSTRUCTIONS
3.1 OVERVIEW: Each inspection begins with planning, scheduling, research and folder
preparation. Inspections are performed by inspectors with trade expertise so the best
quality inspection may be made. Each inspector must use their own trade knowledge
when inspecting. The key to good facility maintenance planning is the performance of
complete inspections. Considerations as to repair versus replacement, methods,
materials, conditions, economics, etc. must be considered for each deficiency noted
from the inspection. After inspectors finish facility inspections, they make cost es-
timates for the deficiencies found, prioritize the deficiencies and prepare a facility In-
3.2 SCOPE: A facility inspection includes all systems and components on the facility, in
the facility and within 5 feet of the outside shell of the facility. This includes piping,
wiring, steps, awnings, and sidewalks.
3.3 WORKLOAD PLANNING: Inspector Supervisors should establish a schedule of in-
spections to be performed from the latest inventory of facilities. Recommended inspec-
tion frequencies and estimated times are provided in MO-322, Volume I. Inspector
Supervisors should plan the total inspection workload to the extent it can be evenly dis-
tributed from fiscal year to fiscal year. This process will add stability to the amount of
deficiency backlog and associated budgeting and resource use to execute corrections.
Inspection workload should be evenly distributed and assigned to the inspectors. It is
recommended that assignments be made on a weekly basis.
3.4 INSPECTOR FITNESS AND INSPECTION EQUIPMENT:
Have a physical - The physical must certify that you are healthy enough to:
n Wear a respirator
n Crawl in attics and crawl spaces
n Endure other daily tasks of inspectors
Have a respirator fitted for you - You must use and take care of the respirator.
Whenever you are in a crawl space, an attic, or other space that might have asbestos, you
must wear a respirator.
Collect other safety equipment - Along with a respirator, the following safety
equipment should be assembled:
Hard hat - to be worn in designated areas
n Safety glasses - to be worn in designated areas