Lean and Safe: Safety-Integrated Process Improvement
Has your company ever made improvements to equipment or processes only to realize that safety efforts were compromised? Or has your company made safety enhancements that have negatively affected process improvement efforts?
The practices of safety engineering and lean production have for many years been implemented separately in most industrial plants, making these scenarios relatively common. Separating these functions creates silos that promote inter-organizational conflict and undesirable tradeoffs between safety, quality, and productivity.
Employee safety is a value-added proposition and by taking a Safety-Integrated Process Improvement approach, your organization will be able to manufacture products and/or deliver services faster, better, cheaper, and safer.
Georgia Tech has practitioners with experience producing positive safety and health outcomes in lean-thinking manufacturing companies. Georgia Tech will make a site visit to:
- Conduct a value stream map, integrating a safety stream throughout the process
- Identify processes that have high potential for safety-integrated process improvement
- Perform job analyses to discover lean and safety waste sources and facilitate safety-integrated process improvements
- Apply the ‘Lean and Safe’ toolbox to solve for productivity problems and safety issues simultaneously
In addition, you can enroll in our open-enrollment course, Lean and Safe: Safety-Integrated Process Improvement, or we can come to your site and train your team. Through instruction and simulated exercises, our team of experts will give you the tools necessary to develop a combined approach to process improvement methods and safety and health best practices.
By integrating safety and health problem solving into your continuous improvement process, your company will:
- Decrease costs
- Lessen downtime
- Reduce errors related to safety and health hazards
- Apply safety metrics to Value Stream Mapping (VSM) for process improvements
- Identify and assess safety waste in processes
- Work collaboratively and cross-functionally to develop lean and safe solutions
- Be able to develop ROI metrics utilizing results of safety-integrated process improvements
- Sustain improvements
- Lead a lean and safe organization
- Improve safety within your company
- Increase company morale