1st Edition

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

By Paul F. English Copyright 2012
    168 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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

    No book currently on the market 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.

    Management Models
    History of Modern Management Theory
    Management Processes
    Management Structures
    Social Management
    Value Based Management, VBM

    Planning & Decision Making
    Foundations of Planning
    Strategic and Tactical Planning
    SWOT Analysis
    Foundations of Decision-Making

    House of LEAN
    Waste Elimination
    Visual Management
    "S" System
    Standardized Work
    Cell/Workstation Design
    Quality at the Source
    Single Minute Exchange Dye, SMED
    Kanban/Pull Systems
    Total Productive Maintenance, TPM
    Kaizen Process
    Value Stream Mapping

    Case Studies in LEAN Manufacturing for EHS Improvement
    Success Stories
    Lessons Learned

    Six Sigma, DMAIC Process and Safety Management
    DMAIC Process for EHS issues
    Six Sigma for Safety

    Managing Change, Stress, and Innovation
    Foundations of Individual and Group Behavior
    Work Teams
    Motivating and Rewarding Employees

    Leadership and Trust
    Leaders vs Managers
    Communications and Interpersonal Skills
    Foundations of Control


    Paul F. English is the Director of Safety, Security, and Medical Services for E-ONE, Inc. in Ocala, Florida.

    "… 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, ProfessionalSafety, April 2012