by PHILIP J. MESSENGER
FOD Awareness Week is a week long schedule of events targeted to get the workforce involved and increase their knowledge of the FOD Program. Activities should be planned and advertised well in advance to assure success. Prizes and materials may have to be ordered or developed, schedules set, and arrangements made for guests or special equipment. Determine a grand prize and obtain or create a picture for promotion.
Advertising the upcoming event can be as simple as posting flyers on bulletin boards and announcements at meetings, but may include articles written in the site newspaper, posted on the company intranet, or sent out via email distribution list.
To better understand the scope of this undertaking we provide examples below of what may be considered and the necessary preparations. Notice in this example that some activities are planned as one-day only and others ongoing throughout the week.
Give every worker who attends one of the scheduled sessions a ticket to fill out for a prize drawing and a small token (key chain with FOD logo, product photo, free drink, etc.).
Sample Schedule of Events
■ MONDAY: Pilots signing photos in Cafeteria. Obtain a variety of photos of your product, contact and schedule pilots.
■ TUESDAY: Borescope Equipment Display In Break Area. Set-up borescope on large table with a box divided into partitions to simulate inspecting the innards of an aircraft. If your borescope has retrieval capability, place a fastener or other piece of debris inside the box for demonstration.
■ WEDNESDAY: Tool Control Display In Main Lobby. Display proper tool marking, toolbox arrangement, and missing item reporting procedures. Consider inviting a tool vendor as a guest to show FOD control tools available.
■ THURSDAY: Hardware Control Display In Production Area. Show “Clean-As-You-Go” techniques. Show use of pneumatic vacuums and extension tubes, debris grabbers, and inspection tools and techniques. Show proper use of tote trays and shop aids.
■ FRIDAY: Product Protection Display In FOD Office. Display all the types of Product Protection caps, plugs, and dispensers used at your facility. Also remind workers of one-use-only caps applied to hydraulic lines and fittings.
■ FOD Poster Contest
Provide poster contest entry forms in a central location. Entries will be judged, and the winner(s) will have their design idea professionally drawn and printed on posters for display around the facility. Give applicants an additional week after the last day of FOD Awareness Week to get their ideas submitted. All entrants will be placed in the drawing for a prize, and the winners should receive a special prize (T-shirt and cap or jacket).
■ Guess The Number of FOD Items in the Jar
Collect and save FOD items retrieved throughout the year from daily audits of the product and place them in a large plastic jar. Count the pieces and have entrants guess the number. This is an excellent awareness tool, as most workers never get to see everything that is found in FOD inspections. All applicants are entered into the prize drawing, and winner(s) receive a T-shirt or cap with the FOD logo.
■ FOD Awareness Test
Develop a test of 10 to 15 questions with multiple choice answers derived directly from the FOD SOP or procedure. Place the question sheets and copies of the SOP in a central location with a drop box for responses. Collect responses daily to avoid the box becoming overfull. All responses are entered into the prize drawing, and those with all questions answered correctly get an inspection mirror for their toolbox.
■ FOD Crossword Puzzle
Develop a crossword puzzle of FOD terms. Provide Down and Across questions for the puzzle. Place puzzle forms and a drop box in a central location. All responses are entered in the prize drawing, and employees who submit correct answers get a FOD control orange-colored mini screwdriver.
For the prize drawings, select a few items of $20 to $30 value for winners. Examples: Model of the product, pizza dinner for two, shopping tour of the company store. For the grand prize drawing, consider a set of FOD Control tools, an airplane ride (can be arranged very inexpensively through your local Aero Club), or a visit to a nearby amusement park. Take a survey to find out what prizes your group would find most desirable. Be sure to advertise the prizes when promoting FOD Awareness Week to get the interest level up and assure participation.
Again, this is only an example. Keep an open mind about what activities would be interesting, fun, and also elevate FOD awareness but not too costly in man-hours or budget. Attempt to compute the annual FOD costs your site suffers — not only in damaged components — but for the costs of FOD related rework, scrap, and repair as justification for some of the costs involved in funding the week-long event.
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