The H-2A program requires that employers provide housing for their H-2A workers, or ensure that suitable housing is available at no cost to the workers. The housing must meet certain minimum standards to ensure the safety, health, and welfare of the workers. The housing provided by the employer must meet the following requirements:
It must be inspected and approved by a federal, state, or local government agency.
It must be clean, safe, and in good repair.
It must have adequate space for the number of workers, with at least 50 square feet of sleeping area per worker.
It must have adequate toilet and bathing facilities, with at least one toilet and one shower or bath for every 15 workers.
It must have hot and cold running water.
It must have adequate heating and ventilation.
It must have adequate lighting.
It must have a fully equipped kitchen, or provide access to cooking facilities.
It must provide adequate storage space for personal belongings and equipment.
It must be located in a safe area, with access to emergency services if needed.
Employers must also provide bedding, including mattresses, pillows, and clean linens, and ensure that the housing is regularly cleaned and maintained. In addition to these requirements, employers must also ensure that their workers are provided with adequate transportation to and from the worksite, as well as to grocery stores and other essential services. Looking for help? Talk to the experts at Head Honchos today.