How FOD Containment Must Be Implemented During Fireproofing Services
There’s an inherent risk in performing any facility renovation or repair – occupants and contractors may be exposed to harmful substances, falling objects, hazardous tools or equipment, and so on. There’s also the risk of foreign object debris (or “FOD” for short, which can also stand for “foreign object damage”), a primary concern for the aerospace and vehicle manufacturing industries. FOD refers to materials that wind up where they shouldn’t be, putting people, assets, and/or operations at risk. Industrial facilities must invest in FOD containment to mitigate these risks, especially when other projects are underways, such as fireproofing.
What to Know About FOD Containment in Fireproofing\
What Does FOD Containment Entail?
As its name suggests, FOD containment is aimed at keeping foreign objects enclosed in a given space so as to not leak out into other areas of the facility. These containment efforts are crucial, as they help prevent even the smallest, sneakiest of materials from exiting an established work zone and wreaking havoc. The most common method for containment involves strategically placing durable, tight-fitting tarps around a work area’s perimeter and ensuring no gaps or holes are present. At Kaloutas, we used floor-to-ceiling asbestos-grade fire-retardant plastic for FOD containment. We can then move these temporary walls as needed, encapsulating our work as we move through a given facility.
In addition to containing foreign debris, FOD containment also blocks dust, muffles sound, and removes visual distractions both ways so workers on either side of the barrier can stay productive and safe.
What Does Fireproofing Have to Do with FOD?
Fireproofing is an essential service for any facility, protecting people, assets, and structures from the devastating effects of flames. fireproofingireproofing is designed to maximize workplace safety, but as professional installers, maintaining health safety throughout the installation process is also a primary focus.
For professional fireproof paint installers, personal protective equipment including gloves, masks, and goggles are required. For those in proximal spaces, professional installers utilize different containment strategies to minimize any exposure. While some products have strong scents, most products are water-based and containment is a standard operating procedure during installation. Dry- and wet-mix materials are dry prior to mixing, so dust is the biggest concern. But with containment (and air flow control in some scenarios) independent onsite air quality studies specific to fireproofing installation have resulted in data well below any OSHA threshold or safety concern.
Proper FOD containment during fireproofing prevents sprayed fireproofing particles from exiting the established work zone, maintaining better air quality throughout the rest of the facility throughout the project. FOD containment during fireproofing also reduces the risk of other fireproof materials (e.g., spray cans, dust, treated fibers, drywall, etc.) from causing problems in your facility.
Keeping Your Fireproofing Project Contained
In deciding how and where to properly install firestopping and meeting inspection requirements for your building, it is important to consider the installer. For new projects, firestopping is often performed by the trade (plumber, electrician, HVAC, etc.). In renovations and repairs, this falls on the facility team or someone willing to do the work. In neither of these cases are the results guaranteed to be effective or code-compliant. The best idea is to have a qualified installer, preferably with an inspector’s report, to perform the installation so you are confident the execution is done correctly, adhere to manufacturer’s specifications, and pass any future inspections.
The experts at Kaloutas will thoroughly assess a facility and its needs before getting started – from there, we’ll install high-quality containment barriers around the established site before fireproofing relevant surfaces. Once that section is complete, we’ll move the contained area elsewhere and get to fireproofing that section. Meanwhile, your facility can operate as normal. Kaloutas boasts a No Work Stoppage guarantee and multiservice repertoire, meaning you only have to implement one contractor onboarding, one walkthrough, and one contract when working with us.
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