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

ISBN 9781439821121
Published November 21, 2011 by CRC Press
166 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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