NSPIRE Health and Safety Risks

The National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) is designed to improve HUD’s oversight and risk management capabilities through a reliable, repeatable inspection process that better identifies health and safety risks to residents. NSPIRE identified and published the list of health and safety items to be included in CTQ inspections for each inspectable area on this page for reference.

There are two severities of heathy and safety risks identified in the matrix.

  1. Severe health and safety risks are also known as exigent or life-threatening. Deficiencies identified as severe will require immediate corrective action.
  2. Standard health and safety risks are also known as non-life threatening. Deficiencies identified as standard will require corrective action within 30 days.

Please submit any questions or comments regarding the below documents to NSPIRESTANDARDS@hud.gov with the subject as health and safety.

Unit Health and Safety

This document provides a matrix of items, deficiencies and severity of health and safety risks in the Unit inspectable area. For reference, “Unit’’ refers to the interior of an individual residential unit.

Inside Health and Safety 

This document provides a matrix of items, deficiencies and severity of health and safety risks in the Inside inspectable area. For reference, “Inside’’ refers to all common areas and building systems (e.g., HVAC) located inside a building.

Outside Health and Safety 

This document provides a matrix of items, deficiencies and severity of health and safety risks in the Outside inspectable area. For reference, “Outside’’ refers to the building site, the building envelope, and any building systems located outside of the building or unit.