a. The fundamental purpose of sanitary surveys and inspections is to collect and
evaluate medical data on various Army facilities. Inspections and surveys are designed
to evaluate these facilities on all factors that could cause disease or injury.
b. The three general areas covered in a sanitary inspection or survey are:
(1) Environmental factors.
(2) Disease prevalence.
(3) Military requirements.
c. Sanitary survey and inspection results can also be used as educational tools
to correct unsanitary and unsafe practices.
d. The authority for conducting sanitary surveys and inspection is threefold.
(1) Command authority refers to the interaction between the post
commander, who has authority over all sanitary and safety measures at his post, and
the inspector, who represents the AMEDD while conducting the inspection.
(2) Army Regulation (AR) 40-5 outlines the chain of command for conducting
surveys and inspections and established basic sanitary and safety standards.
(3) When conducting an inspection, local sanitary directives must be
e. As an inspector, the specialist represents the AMEDD and his performance
reflects on the AMEDD under the leadership of The Surgeon General.
f. A sanitary survey or inspection must be planned in order to be effective and
professional. Although surveys and inspections vary with the type of facility undergoing
the inspection, certain basic questions apply to the planning of all surveys and
inspections. These questions are:
(1) Who is involved in the survey or inspection?
(2) What type of facility will be surveyed or inspected?
(3) What equipment and supplies are needed for the survey or inspection?
(4) When is the survey or inspection to occur?
(5) What is the suspense date for the report?