Evaluating the impact of 5S implementation on occupational safety in an automotive industrial unit

Joana P. R. Fernandes, Radu Godina, João C. O. Matias

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Abstract

Lean is becoming a world-class word that represents continuous improvement and most of all the importance of focusing on creating value. The implementation of Lean Manufacturing will lead us to improve quality, reducing costs and at the same time the elimination of non-value-added activities. For these reasons, several organizations try to adopt the philosophy. Although the application of Lean principles brings numerous benefits to organizations, at this time the optimization of the productive process is not enough. Ensuring optimal safety conditions of all the employees has been one of the top priority, exceeding “quality” or “performance” as indicators of success. In this paper, a case of study in one industrial unit of one of Europe’s largest car producers is tested and then it is evaluated how the implementation of lean tools, more specifically 5S, can contribute to the occupational safety conditions. The present work demonstrates another of the several advantages that is obtained from the use of 5S. Apart from being a powerful tool for organizing and optimizing the workplace environment, this study demonstrates that it is also essential to ensure occupational safety.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndustrial Engineering and Operations Management II - XXIV IJCIEOM 2018
EditorsNuno Melão, João Reis, Sandra Pinelas
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages139-148
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-14973-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-14972-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event24th International Joint Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IJCIEOM 2018 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 18 Jul 201820 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Mathematics and Statistics
PublisherSpringer
Volume281
ISSN (Print)2194-1009
ISSN (Electronic)2194-1017

Conference

Conference24th International Joint Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IJCIEOM 2018
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period18/07/1820/07/18

Keywords

  • 5S
  • 6S
  • Automotive industry
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Occupational safety
  • Risk evaluation

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