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 is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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