Well, I’ve survived 2009, and in a final burst of productivity, I took my Foreign Object Elimination (FOE) on-line exam at work so that I can look confidently into my colleagues’ eyes and declare truthfully that I am in fact certified to be able to responsibly prevent Foreign Objects from damaging our products (until 365 days from this past Monday).
Can you pass this test? I’ve paraphrased several of the questions below:
Q: Which of the following is a Foreign Object?
A) [a place]
B) [a person]
C) [an action]
D) [a thing]
Q: What two things are most important in preventing Foreign Objects from contaminating our products?
A) [a list of three things]
B) [a list of two things, one of which is a sprinkler system]
C) Training and processes
Q: What is a Foreign Object Elimination plan?
A) [a pair of needlenose pliers]
B) [a place]
C) “A written set of procedures that …”
D) [a job title]
Since this is Very Serious Business, I cannot divulge the correct answers to these questions, which is why this is in MPSIMS. I take many (okay, perhaps a dozen) of these tests every year, but this particular test this particular year seemed to reach a new low. By the end of the test, I was half expecting to see the question, “What color is an orange?”