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NAS412 1st Edition, October 1, 1997
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Foreign Object Damage/Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Prevention
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This standard establishes general practices and standard terms for the prevention of Foreign Object Damage (FOD) to aerospace products and operating environments. Aerospace products include aircraft, missiles, launch vehicles, unmanned aerospace systems, satellites, engines, manufactured parts associated with aerospace products, etc. Operating environments include fabrication, manufacturing, assembly, test, hangars, ramp, airport operations, launch, flight, etc.


This standard provides guidance for the prevention of Foreign Object Damage to aerospace products being designed, developed, manufactured, assembled, operated, repaired, modified, refurbished and maintained. This standard is designed to reduce the risk from Foreign Objects /Foreign Object Debris to products or systems through the elimination of foreign objects.

The objective of this standard is to promote aerospace safety and the preservation of private and national assets.

An effective FOD Prevention Program identifies potential problems, mitigates risks, promotes awareness, provides effective employee training, and uses industry best practices and lessons learned for continued improvement. Users are encouraged to apply the contents of this standard to suit their particular product or program.