FOD_02_HazardsAndPrevention

  • Since FOD contains any loose material that can make its way into a system, the hazard level for having such occurrences is extremely high. An example would be FOD making its way into an aircraft engine. This could lead to anything from minor repair to catastrophic failure. [1]
  • NASA has identified the potential hazards of FOD and has put control and prevention mechanisms into place for preventing them. These topics will be discussed shortly.
  • One such program employed by Kennedy Space Center is AWARENESS + PREVENTION = COMPLIANCE
    • Awareness is the act of communicating the intended message to any affected personnel
    • Prevention is the FOD program itself
    • Compliance is the results of the communication and implementation of the prevention program [2]
  • Key aspects of the AWARENESS part of the program are:
    • Tool Support
    • Management Support
    • Posters
    • Incentives
    • Standardization
  • Key aspects of the PREVENTION part of the program are:
    • Establish FOD monitors
    • Establish and Implement Tool Control and Accountability
    • Live by the principle, “A place for everything and everything in its place”
  • Key results of COMPLIANCE have been
    • “Tool Control
    • FOD prevention Hazardous Materials
    • Reduced Florida Hazardous Waste Audit Findings
    • Reduced Safety Hazards
    • Reduced In-Flight FOD Reported by Astronauts” [2]