5S Plus Guide: Best practices for a leaner and safer workplace

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Did you know that people gain per cent of their knowledge from visuals? That’s why employees need effective workplace signs and labels that enhance training and make their jobs easier. An effective visual instructs an employee on what procedural and safety information is appropriate, when and where they need to know it.

It All Starts with a Visual Workplace

This concept plays a critical role in some of the most popular lean tools, including 5S. That’s because it creates a sustaining base for lean improvements to remain clearly visible, readily understood and consistently adhered to. To sum it up, using labels for safety information, procedures, facility identification and a variety of other applications is a great way to help reduce waste, improve knowledge and improve productivity for the long haul.

Knowledge-based visuals can include:

• Procedure labels – Move procedures out of their binders and onto the shop floor where employeed can see them and use them daily.

• Bilingual signs – With a growing workforce speaking different languages, it’s important to have the right languages on your signs and labels to keep everyone informed.

• Pipe markers – Inform employees and contractors quickly and easily about the flow direction and content of a particular pipe.

• Safety signs – Identify and explain potential dangers to employees, and the appropriate safety precautions to take.

• Electrical disconnect labels – Clearly indicate the location of the disconnect switch on your equipment in order to avoid accidents and save lives.

With these workplace visuals, employees have the knowledge they need to eliminate non-value-added waste, improve safety and compliance, and enhance workplace organisation.

Meet 5S Plus Safety

While 5S is one of the most widely adopted techniques from the lean manufacturing toolbox, “5S Plus” goes a step further to emphasise a critical aspect of any workplace: Safety. That way you benefit from a workplace that is both efficient and safe. Now, let’s explain more about the famous 5S’s. These are essential elements in establishing the operational stability you need to both make and sustain continuous improvement. The point is to create a clean, orderly and safe environment – where there is a place for everything, and everything is in its place.

And once you have that, 5S helps you reduce unnecessary waste and establish the framework and discipline needed to maintain and continually improve your workplace.

Do-It-Yourself vs. Pre-Made Labels and Signs

Remember, that with an onsite label printer, you can simply print what you want to print, whenever you want to print it, at the point of use.  The BBP™37 Sign & Label Printer supports safety and operations professionals to quickly create a safer, more productive facility with multi-colour and multi-shape signs and labels. The printers offer great colour and cutting capabilities as well as a simple, automatic label setup and intuitive touchscreen to make any sign on demand and on-site. The BBP37 printer is equipped with outstanding colour and cutting capabilities. The printer also features ‘drop in’ consumables, automatic label setup, LAN and optional wifi connectivity or standalone use, all at a print speed of 12.7 cm per second. BBP37 is compatible with Brady’s wide range of durable label materials, able to resist the toughest industrial contexts. Multi-colour printing and cutting features enable users to create a wide variety of signs with just one label supply.

Do not miss your chance to get the full document “Create a Visual Workplace” for free! 40 pages full of information, statistics and tips on how to bring your workplace to an advanced level of productivity and safety!

Download the free 5S Plus Guide & Watch the BBP37 Video

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