Masters Theses


"The lean philosophy has proven potential to help businesses improve productivity and reduce its losses. Lean can give businesses a cutting edge in this age of global competition. The fundamental principle of lean is to identify wastes in the system and reduce or eliminate them. There is a concern that during lean implementations, the focus on productivity may result in health and safety issues being ignored or worse, changes driven by lean may introduce new hazards. The relationship between lean and safety is not clearly understood. Lean and safety should be compatible. Both strive to improve processes. Both are against safety hazards and accidents; safety by definition and lean because the money spent on compensation claims is a waste.

An online survey was conducted to gauge the effects of lean initiatives on safety and to understand the level of integration of the two. Results have been provided in the lean areas for value stream mapping (VSM), one piece flow, material handling, and single minute exchange of dies (SMED). As lean and safety have the common goal of reducing wastes, there are natural opportunities where they integrate into each other"--Abstract, page iv.


Murray, Susan L.
Cudney, Elizabeth A.

Committee Member(s)

Gosavi, Abhijit


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Engineering Management


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2010

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Relationship between lean and safety


x, 64 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 63).


© 2010 Pankaj Mahesh Pai, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Industrial safety -- Management
Lean manufacturing
Manufacturing processes -- Safety measures
Production control

Thesis Number

T 9747

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