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Safety Performance in a Lean Environment: A Guide to Building Safety into a Process

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Author: Paul F. English
 

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2012, Publisher: CRC Press
Softcover, 166 pages

In environmental health and safety, approximately 85% of all injuries are related to unsafe acts. Many people may think of lean processes as suitable only for the manufacturing floor, but 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.

Safety Performance in a Lean Environment explores tools, such as lean manufacturing, DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve and control) processes, and Kepner-Trego problem-solving, and how to use them to increase efficiency and eliminate waste in safety programs. The Toyota Production System (TPS), also known as the Thinking People System, a technique identified as a leading business model for any organization, is also discussed. These processes help to build, incorporate, and sustain a safety program, and to understand how to get and maintain a foothold for the safety program in times of change.

Features include:

  • Examples of models and how environmental health and safety play into these models
  • Examples of pitfalls in changing business models
  • Real-world examples of metrics used by companies to measure safety performance within their business model
  • How to build a team and instill environmental health and safety values during Kaizen and lean manufacturing events
  • Exercises and examples of continuous improvements
  • Success stories of ways in which value-based management and continuous improvement have helped programs

Safety Performance in a Lean Environment discusses lean manufacturing or Six Sigma processes and links them to the occupational safety or environmental science. The author demonstrates how to anticipate paradigm shifts in management models and how environmental health and safety fits into the model. Defining what adds value to the safety and manufacturing process and the customer helps to build safety into a process, thus creating a strong safety program.

After reading the material, it was evident that English has used many lean tools in the real world... . This book provides a foundation for a systems approach using lean processes as a means of continually improving safety and operational performance." --Mike Taubitz, Professional Safety, April 2012. Paul English is Assistant Professor / FSET Program Coordinator for Fire & Safety Engineering Technology at Eastern Kentucky University.

Paul F. English is Assistant Professor/Fire & Safety Engineering Technology Program Coordinator at Eastern Kentucky University.

ISBN: 978-1-4398-2112-1

Editorial Reviews

"… chock full of useful and practical information. … I would encourage all SH&E professionals interested in lean thinking to read and digest the information presented in this book. It can help any enterprise improve its performance. Nice job, Mr. English"
—Mike Taubitz, Professional Safety, April 2012

 
 

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