5S Guide: Improve efficiency with effective organization
When the workplace is a mess, processes slow down. 5S, a systematic method for workplace organization, keeps spaces clean and clear of clutter so processes run more efficiently. This 5S Guide explains the steps of a 5S program, how to start a program,
and what tools you’ll need to make 5S a success.
* Label pipes. People doing maintenance on pipes, or other work near pipes, need to know if those pipes carry water, or Coca-Cola, or hazardous substance.
(1:10) Use labels to give safety instructions.
* Label emergency equipment and the routes to this equipment. Fire extinguishers, emergency eyewashes, and AED’s.
* Label the gear. Putting labels on machines, vehicles and other equipment that need to have regular maintenance can help you keep track of when maintenance is performed. This can prevent hazards and make the equipment last longer.
* Label emergency meeting areas. This type of label will clearly communicate where people should meet after an evacuation.
(1:43) Use labels for safety organization.
* Label the storage areas for PPE—the personal protective equipment. Having a clearly marked place for PPE will mean it’s ready to use whenever it’s needed, especially in an emergency.
* Keep inventory organized. Label shelves to warn workers of potential falling objects. Labeling storage containers help keep the workplace from getting messy and confusing.
* Create labels to help organize tools. Labels can be placed on tools themselves and on the places where they’re stored.
(2:18) Commonly, labels are made from vinyl to survive indoors and out. They come in many sizes and can be ordered through a third-party vendor, such as a print shop. But that can be expensive, and, of course, there is the wait time. An option is to print on-site using an industrial label printer. It’s much faster and, over time, much cheaper.
(2:38) That’s it for this episode. Come back for more tips and techniques on how to stay safety compliant in today’s ever-changing landscape of safety requirements I’m Dan Clark of The Safety Brief, sponsored by Creative Safety Supply. See the website at creativesafetysupply.com