NSPIRE Life-Threatening Deficiencies

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The NSPIRE standards include a category of severe health and safety (SHS) deficiencies. Life-threatening (LT) conditions are included within the SHS category. HUD is seeking feedback on its proposed list of LT conditions and on its draft definition of the phrase “life-threatening.” Feedback on the definition and proposed list of LT deficiencies should be emailed to NSPIRESTANDARDS@HUD.gov.

The LT category includes deficiencies (hazards) that present a direct threat to life or well-being, i.e., that are likely to cause severe injury or reduction in physical or mental ability. This includes cases in which the harm has a likelihood of accruing irrevocably in under 24 hours. These deficiencies include certain toxins, electrical hazards, fire hazards, significant fall hazards, and absence of common life-safety devices designed to alert residents of such hazards or to directly protect against LT hazards such as fire or natural disasters.

Proposed List of Life-Threatening (LT) Deficiencies Based on the NSPIRE Standards

Last updated: 4/02/2021

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