Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 18:03:58 +0000
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I have worked in the Japanese-American industry for the majority of my career and have adapted much of their discipline. 5S is much like Six Sigm a as it began as a manufacturing process but has been extremely useful acro ss many industries.
1) Seiri - Sorting: The idea here is to group common items . Most of this you are probably already doing. Flammable material in fire c abinets, Glassware stored in common locations, etc.
2) Seiton - Straighten or Set in Order: A place for e verything and everything in its place. Designate the specific locations for your common items and assure they are returned to these locations. Label c ertain cabinets or drawers with what materials are located there. You can a lso label shelving with the materials that go there.
3) Seiso - Sweeping or Shining or Cleanliness: T his is a basic principle of if you make a mess clean it up. Sweep the floor s, assure all materials are cleaned up, and assure the lab desks are clean< /DIV>
4) Seiketsu - Standardizing: This is to attempt to ma ke all the labs similar. Once you know glassware is located in a labeled ca binet and is grouped together, you should be able to go to any lab and with out too much trouble find glassware.
5) Shitsuke - Sustaining the discipline: Daily, weekl y, or monthly walks work well. Be sure to take a camera. A few photos of cl uttered areas before and after is certainly proof of how much 5S can improv e housekeeping. A quick glance around any lab would identify issues because of the standardization and labeling.
The initial set up for a 5S system is time consuming, but once it is i n place it is very easy to maintain. The culture of housekeeping will begin to take root. As this happens, it becomes a very hands off effort. The cul ture itself tends to sustain on its own.
Unfortunately, I have no photos, training, or audits for 5S for a lab, as I have been in manufacturing for quite some time.
I hope this helps.
-Mark French, ASP
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I did a quick goog le search on 5S & EPA is promoting it! I never heard of it before, but it sounds very useful. Can you recommend any resources to learn more? How d id you integrate it into your lab safety training?

Kim Auletta
Lab Safety Specialist
EH&S    Z=6200
Stony Brook University
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Date : February 24, 2009 8:30:52 AM EST (CA)
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Safety va lue of housekeeping

There does not seem to be many statistics in regards to housekeeping,  
but there are many examples of best pra ctices to adapt or teach too.

One I have found that works across man y facets is a 5S methodology. It  
is widely regarded as a best pra ctice and is generally very easy to  
teach and enforce.

I h ave personally used it in various industries and found that it  
wo rks very well.

Warm Regards,
Mark A French, ASP

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