5S and the Dangers of Horizontal Surfaces

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Another column from the Superfactory.com blog. Horizontal surfaces can indeed be dangerous. In many cases, I’ve encouraged teams to eliminate them in creative ways. Horizontal surfaces (such as racks, carts, and tables) often invite excess WIP “because the space is there.”

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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