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Classic Vs. Modern Definition of Root Cause | Which is Better?

Classic Vs. Modern Definition of Root Cause | Which is Better?

A post on LinkedIn by Mark Paradies of TapRoot recently discussed the difference between the ‘old fashioned’ definition of root cause, and the more modern version. Mark’s post, and the discussion it generated, were quite interesting and offer a lot of important insights that managers, business owners, and others can benefit from. Root cause is a key concept

Creative Safety Supply’s First Annual Scholarship Competition Ends Dec.15

Creative Safety Supply’s First Annual Scholarship Competition Ends Dec.15

This year, Creative Safety Supply is hosting a scholarship competition for college students. Students currently enrolled in a college, university, or technical school who have a minimum 3.0 GPA and are United States citizens are eligible to apply. Those interested can find full eligibility details, as well as two essay questions, here: https://www.creativesafetysupply.com/scholarship/ Creative Safety

Hand Safety

Hand Safety

When thinking about safety in the work place, it is absolutely critical to start with the hands. Over a million hand injuries occur in the workplace each year, with many of them causing a serious disability or even amputation. The most common type of injury is a laceration, which causes 63% of all disabling workplace

5S Program – Sort

5S Program – Sort

When learning about the 5S program most people can quickly see how it can be helpful and improve efficiency in the facility. The whole strategy is quite easy when looking at it at a high level. If you’re not careful, however, it can get confusing with the actual implementation. This is because some of the

TPM Lean Production

TPM Lean Production

Total productive maintenance, or TPM is a program that can help a facility to keep their machines in operation as much as possible. It is generally considered a part of the LEAN methodologies as it greatly reduces downtime, which is a form of waste. While the goal is simple (improved machine production) it is actually

Kaikaku – What Is It?

Kaikaku – What Is It?

Kaikaku is Japanese word that means ‘radical change.’ It is also a business concept that looks at the idea of making radical changes in order to achieve significant improvements. Some people compare it to the Kaizen system, but that is a mistake. While both are options for making changes to a business practice, Kaizen is

GHS Label Information

GHS Label Information

When it comes to labels, few are better known than the GHS labels (even if people don’t always realize that is what they are called). GHS, or the Globally Harmonized System, is an international set of standards that are agreed upon to help ensure people from across many industries and around the world are all

Understanding the DMAIC Model

Understanding the DMAIC Model

The DMAIC model is an important part of the Six Sigma methodology. When waste or inefficiencies are found in a process, the DMAIC model can help to work through it and identify solutions. It is a standard set of steps or phases that allows a team to identify root causes of problems, propose solutions, and

How to Become Six Sigma

How to Become Six Sigma

Attaining any level of Six Sigma certification is a significant accomplishment, and one that can help you to advance in your career. Many positions in companies require that you have at least a certain level belt in order to qualify, and others list it as an accomplishment that is highly recommended. No matter how much

Kaizen – 3 ‘G’ Principles

Kaizen – 3 ‘G’ Principles

Kaizen is a Japanese term for improvement, and is commonly uses as the basis for a methodology that is focused on continuous improvement for businesses. It is most commonly used in warehouse and manufacturing facilities where the goals of eliminating waste and improving efficiency are very important. While Kaizen as a whole is a very

Spill Kits 101

Spill Kits 101

When running a facility of any type, you are going to have a variety of different chemicals and other potentially hazardous products on site. While these are necessary for getting jobs done, they can also be very dangerous if they are spilled. Even just water can cause a hazard if it is not cleaned up

5 Enhancements to Help with Safety

5 Enhancements to Help with Safety

One of the biggest complaints that safety managers have when it comes to their jobs is that they don’t have the budget they need to make dramatic improvements. While this is certainly a concern, and one that should be addressed, it is not something that should completely stop you from taking steps toward a safer

Finding the Root Cause With the Five Whys

Finding the Root Cause With the Five Whys

The “Five Why’s” is a technique that is often used within the Six Sigma methodology to help learn more about a situation and gain valuable information about what is going on. While the strategy is called the Five Why’s, it doesn’t actually have to be exactly five. In some situations, fewer are needed and in

5 Workplace Safety Tips

5 Workplace Safety Tips

Safety Tips to Improve Employees Well Being There is a common saying that you’ll hear at safety conferences and industrial meetings, “A safe workplace is an efficient workplace.” It is sometimes changed around to say profitable workplace at the end, but in either case the fact remains that while the primary reason to focus on

The Difference Between 5S and Kaizen

The Difference Between 5S and Kaizen

When looking to help a facility run more efficiently you will find that there are many ideas and methodologies out there that are able to help. Two of the most popular (and most effective, when done properly) are 5S and Kaizen. Both of these concepts are quite similar, but there are important distinctions that one

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