Warehouse Safety Tips | Episode 24 | Outsmarting Issues

Outsmarting Issues

On today’s Podcast – we’re going to be covering PPE and why it should be covering you.  So stay tuned…

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And now that all that is out of the way – let’s get to the Podcast!

If you or someone you know were in the military – you’ve probably been present to several stories about Drill Instructors and the things they did during boot camp.
This is one of those stories.
During boot camp, recruits have to keep their belongings and personal area in an absolutely specific way.  If they waiver from this – it’s brought to the attention of everyone.  Depending on the Drill Instructor and/or several other factors – the person directly responsible will be punished or they might punish the entire squad.
While doing an inspection – a Drill Instructor found a Foot Locker with its lock unlocked.  He reprimanded the recruit for leaving it unlocked and then proceeded to tell the entire squad why he was doing so.  Stealing from another recruit was absolutely forbidden – but leaving a Foot Locker unlocked welcomed the opportunity.
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Now back to the Podcast…

Chances are, your facility isn’t run like a platoon in Boot Camp.  And although you might FEEL as if they’re super tough, it’s also likely your management don’t behave like Drill Instructors.

What IS similar to the above-mentioned story is preventing issues/accidents BEFORE they’re able to happen.
So how do we do it?  By implementation of The 5S Methodology.
Sometimes we single out a specific “S” – but in the case of prevention, the entire 5S Methodology is applicable.  We’ve gone over them in previous Podcasts – but here’s a quick review.

Sort (Seiri): This step is where you sort and categorize items – and separate what is needed – allowing only the bare essentials needed for operation and removing everything else. The elimination of excessive items frees up space, saves time, improves process flow, and allows staff to operate efficiently.

Next, we have –

Straighten or Set in Order (Seiton): This step is arranging items that are needed so that they are easy to locate, transport, use, identify locations for all items so that anyone can find them. Once the task is completed, return the items to specified locations.  Issues in the workplace aren’t always associated with accidents.  Loss of time compounded by time can cost a facility dearly.  So assuring staff has everything they need when they need it – saves time and money.

After that, we come to –

Shine (Seiso): Clean the workplace and equipment on a regular basis in order to increase safety, maintain standards, and identify defects.

Standardize (Seiketsu): Revisit the first three of the 5S on a regular and frequent basis and evaluate the condition of the workplace.

Now over the years, there has been an additional S added to the mix – which actually makes the 5S Methodology – 6S Methodology, and that’s –

Safety:  The addition of SAFETY means you should constantly be looking around your facility to identify issues that can or could possibly affect your staff, production, service, and/or your overall facility – and work to eliminate those issues.

And what in the past would have been the 5th S – but is now the 6th is –

Sustain (Shitsuke): Maintain the standard and improve every day.  This S allows you to strive for continuous improvement!

Implement these “S’s” EVERY chance you get – and you’ll increase your chances of stopping issues BEFORE they happen!

If you visit WarehouseSafetyTips.com – you’ll find the Show Notes for this episode.

Thank you for listening to Warehouse Safety Tips – and have a SAFE day!



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