How lean improves work safety? Workplace safety is a critical aspect of any organization’s operations, especially in today’s rapidly evolving work environments. The application of Lean Management principles, including process mapping, can significantly enhance the safety and efficiency of the workplace. This approach not only protects employees but also boosts overall productivity and organizational success. Here, we delve into how Lean Management can be a transformative tool for improving workplace safety.
Responding to Safety Incidents
The work culture of many organizations is often neglected, not to mention OHS. What to do when we witness a dangerous situation?
- Take a picture and immediately STOP WORK.
- Make the worker aware of the risk posed by the situation.
- Use the photo for employee training and SWI, Alerts (while respecting the operator’s image) The worker should not be blamed or held responsible for the situation. The process and lack of standards are to blame, not the person.
Preventative Measures for Workplace Safety
Next, you should:
- Provide appropriate personal protective equipment.
- Check the condition of the grinder before starting work.
- Remove potential hazards around the work area.
- Design the process so that the worker works ergonomically and avoids injury.
- Create conditions so the worker is focused and not distracted.
Stop work in case of doubt or risk. Maintaining safety is a key part of Lean Management. Let’s take care of our safety and the safety of others!
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