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<
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
-------------- Original message from kauletta**At_Symbol_Here**notes.cc.sunysb.edu: ---
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?
Lab Safety Specialist
Stony Brook University
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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.
ave personally used it in various industries and found that it
rks very well.
Mark A French, ASP
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