Terms Beginning with "O"
observations: those potential items of interest noted by the inspector during the walk-through survey portion of the inspection.
observe: to visually notice.
obvious: a condition or fact not likely to be ignored or overlooked.
occupancy load: the number of people permitted in a building or space based on the means of egress.
occupant: any individual living in, sleeping in, or having possession of a space within a building.
oil-canning: A term that describes the distortion of thin-gauge metal panels that are fastened in a manner that restricts normal thermal movement.
operate: to cause systems to function or turn on with normal operating controls.
operational: systems or components capable of being safely operated.
oral consultation: a limited visual inspection of specific systems, structures or components of a building where no written report is prepared by the inspector, and the inspector’s findings, opinions, conclusions and recommendations are orally communicated by the inspector to the client.
OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
owner: any person, agent, operator, firm or corporation having a legal or equitable interest in a property.