An Analysis of the Impact of Lean and Safety
Organizations are using lean to improve productivity. However, misapplication of lean techniques may lead to safety issues, health problems, and accidents. The money companies spend on compensation claims is fundamentally a waste - companies should augment their lean initiatives with a concern for safety and health. The purpose of this research is to investigate whether companies are integrating workers' safety and health with lean. A survey was conducted and results showed areas for improvement particularly the need to crosstrain safety and lean, considering ergonomics in work cell design, and an increased awareness of the impact on workers when processes are changed.
S. L. Murray et al., "An Analysis of the Impact of Lean and Safety," Proceedings of the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2010 (2010, Cancun, Mexico), vol. 2, pp. 1405-1410, Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Jan 2010.
IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2010 (2010: Jun. 5-9; Cancun, Mexico)
Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Colorado Technical University
The Hershey Company
Keywords and Phrases
Ergonomics; Industry, Lean; Lean techniques; Process Improvement; Safety and healths; Safety hazards; Safety issues; Safety management; Work cell, Occupational risks
International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
Article - Conference proceedings
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