A little TPM could save China’s drinking water?

Reuters AlertNet:Poisoned river shows dark side of China’s boom

The growth of China, along with the outsourcing of manufacturing work, isn’t just an economic issue, it also impacts the environment and worker safety. Recently, a major chemical spill has threatened the drinking water in cities in China, and soon Russia when the spill moves downstream. (Another article on the spill and its effects).

I’m not against China’s growth. I hope economic development will lead to greater freedom for the Chinese poeple. But, I hope they can grow in a responsible way, hopefully taking advantage of lean principles to help their growth. From a lean mindset, this idea stood out:

“Others run equipment for too long, risking accidents from human error or faltering machinery.”

A classic argument for TPM, or Total Preventive Maintenance, aka Total Productive Maintenance.

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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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