Lean Six Sigma Tools for OSH Professionals: Integrating Safety Into Business Objectives
- Monica M. Nevels (University of Central Missouri (UCM)) | Vencislav Parvanov (University of Central Missouri (UCM)) | Georgi Popov (University of Central Missouri (UCM))
- Document ID
- American Society of Safety Engineers
- Professional Safety
- Publication Date
- February 2020
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 32 - 40
- 2020. American Society of Safety Professionals
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- In today’s global economy, professionals must learn to reduce risk, increase productivity, improve quality and lower inventories as well as lead time.
- OSH management can be integrated into lean six sigma (LSS) to produce improved quality and process efficiency.
- Both employers and employees benefit from the power of coupling LSS into OSH management practices.
OSH professionals are required to possess a diverse set of skills and knowledge. Current trends in safety and risk management emphasize proactive approaches and preventive measures (ANSI/ASSP, 2019). Our profession is rapidly changing; to succeed, practitioners must be equipped to integrate safety, risk management, lean six sigma (LSS) and business management methodologies.
LSS has been adopted and proven to work well with OSH management principles, but this prudent and proven approach could elicit some questions (Manuele, 2018).
•Is OSH assigned the same value as product quality and process efficiency?
•Is safety excellence considered a core value in the business environment?
•Is it possible to integrate LSS into OSH management objectives?
This article presents a case study to address these questions, which in many ways determine the trajectory of the OSH systems in place. Since it can be challenging to integrate both of these systems when addressing risks, the case study demonstrates the advantages of using LSS tools within OSH management. Two approaches are used to demonstrate the benefits of this synergy: one originating from OSH, another from LSS.
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