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Safety Performance in a Lean Environment

A Guide to Building Safety into a Process

ISBN 13: 9781439821121
ISBN: 1439821127
Author: Paul F. English
Publisher: CRC Press
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 166
Binding: Hardcover

  • Contains examples of models and how environmental health and safety play into these models
  • Includes examples of pitfalls in changing business models
  • Offers real-world examples of metrics used by companies to measure safety performance within their business model
  • Discusses how to build a team and instill environmental health and safety values during Kaizen and Lean manufacturing events
  • Provides exercises and examples of continuous improvements
  • Presents success stories of how value-based management and continuous improvement have helped programs 

As changing customer demands and shifting world markets continue to put a strain on businesses in all sectors, your business needs every advantage to stay competitive. Many people may think of lean processes as suitable only for the manufacturing floor, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Safety Performance in a Lean Environment: A Guide to Building Safety into a Process demonstrates how lean tools can eliminate waste in your safety program, making it an important piece not only in keeping your organization safe but also in keeping it globally competitive.

Written by safety pro Paul F. English, this book explores tools such as lean manufacturing, DMAIC processes, and Kepner-Trego problem solving and how to use them to increase efficiency and eliminate waste in safety programs. He goes on to discuss Value Based Management, a technique identified as a leading business model for any organization wanting to catch "The Toyota Way". These processes help you build, incorporate, and sustain a safety program and understand how to get and maintain a foothold for the safety program in times of change.

Here’s what you get: 

  • Real safety solutions for a lean environment
  • Methods for setting up standard work for EHS professionals
  • How-tos for JSA and Pre-Task Analysis to help develop standardized work
  • Tips and tricks that everyone can use to jump start a stalled safety program  

There is no book currently on the market that discusses lean manufacturing or Six Sigma processes and links them to the occupational safety or environmental science. Yet these are the areas where the need for lean processes is becoming acute. English demonstrates how to anticipate paradigm shifts in management models and how environmental health and safety fits into the model. He defines what adds value to the safety and manufacturing process as well as to the customer. These changes may include a change in daily, weekly or monthly metrics that can help or harm a safety program. Defining what adds value to the safety and manufacturing process and the customer helps you understand how to build safety into a process, creating a strong safety program.

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