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Safety Performance in a Lean Environment

A Guide to Building Safety into a Process, 1st Edition

By Paul F. English

CRC Press

166 pages | 43 B/W Illus.

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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.


"… 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

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

About the Author

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

About the Series

Occupational Safety & Health Guide Series

The aim of this series is to develop books to address the myriad of unique topics which are encompassed within the areas of responsibility of a safety professional. The scope of the series is broad addressing traditional occupational safety and health topics as well as emerging and correlating topic areas such as ergonomics, security, labor, school safety, employment, workplace violence, and other topics. Safety professionals often assume a broad spectrum of responsibilities, depending on the organization, which go beyond the traditional safety professional’s role. This series should become the "one stop" source for safety professionals to locate texts on traditional as well as emerging and correlating subjects related to the safety and health function.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture
LAW / Environmental
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety