Top FOD Hazards to Be Aware of When Upgrading Your Facility
Facilities require renovation and expansion for any number of reasons. As exciting as these developments can be, they’re also riddled with potential hazards. Take F.O.D (foreign object debris ), for instance.
Any building upgrade will feature its fair share of debris – dust will crop up from cutting and sanding, new materials will be set aside in loose fashion until needed, and other tools and equipment will be on standby. All of this stuff, no matter how useful it may be, can do real damage when misplaced or neglected. Facilities having to do with aviation, manufacturing, shipping, and military contracting must take these F.O.D concerns very seriously, as they can contribute to health and safety problems, equipment failure and other safety issues. These F.O.D concerns are only more pressing during a major building upgrade.
Let’s go over some of the top F.O.D hazards to be aware of when upgrading your facility.
Any materials used to construct or renovate your facility can pose significant F.O.D hazards during an upgrade. These materials include wooden boards, cement/concrete, brick and mortar, plaster/drywall, steel, fasteners and much more. In many cases, these materials require further adjustment (e.g., cutting, sanding, fitting) on the site, which can throw copious amounts of dust and smaller debris into the air. Large pieces left on the ground are tripping hazards, too. Facility managers and vendors must take stock of all construction materials to ensure that everything is in a safe location before, during, and after work is being performed.
Tools and Loose Hardware
The tools and hardware used in costructions and upgrades are considered F.O.D hazards, too. Consider how tiny certain pieces of hardware can be. Without careful oversight, any number of nails, screws, bearings, drill bits, etc. can wind up somewhere they don’t belong – this can result in equipment damage, tripping, foot injury (such as stepping on an upright nail), and more.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The very clothing and gear designed to protect personnel from F.O.D‑related harm can become F.O.D in its own right. Safety goggles, masks, gloves, and foot coverings are some of the most common types of PPE that end up somewhere they’re not meant to be, in large part because they’re smaller and easy to remove. And since everyone should be wearing PPE during a facility upgrade, the risk of PPE turning into FOD is high without careful training and continual oversight.
Other Forms of Foreign Object Debris
The foreign object debris examples don’t end there, of course. Office supplies, food wrappers, beverage containers, clothing, cleaning supplies, etc. can become F.O.D in the right (or wrong, rather) context. Put simply, if something or someone is in a location they’re not supposed to be at a particular time, the label of F.O.D applies.
How to Best mitigate F.O.D in Your Facility
At this point, you might wonder how it’s even possible to prevent FOD hazards while still getting anything done. Like most things, context is key. While just about anything can be deemed F.O.D, it’s only such in certain situations. If, for instance, a fastener escapes a designated work zone, it becomes F.O.D. Knowing this, proper containment is the primary solution to mitigating F.O.D hazards. Containment services effectively wall off every inch of a particular area to ensure that anything that’s meant to be inside that domain remains there. Containment measures also serve as excellent sightline management barriers, so those working outside the zone don’t have to deal with significant distractions.
Other methods for mitigating FOD within a facility include regular sweeping (such as airfield sweepers that periodically clean runways), purpose-built tool kits to store all items, wheels coverings to protect rolling equipment from F.O.D and other hazards, proper disposal containers for F.O.D storage and removal, and FOD detection devices (e.g., radar-based or camera-based) that efficiently scan areas for F.O.D, wildlife, and more.
Upgrade Without the Hazard, Mess, or Damage
Don’t let F.O.D slow down your next facility upgrade. Proper training, oversight, containment, and facility maintenance practices will greatly reduce F.O.D risk at your facility. Here at Kaloutas, we take safety and containment seriously and pride ourselves on having an eye for detail and a thorough process for safely identifying and neutralizing F.O.D issues and concerns. As a F.O.D containment services contractor, we facilitate clear communication between our professional painters, flooring installers, your staff and any other services that may be at work on your project.
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