Everyday Lean: Error Proofing the Hot Pan in the Oven
It's a short blog post today due to too much time being consumed with travel delays and airline customer service incompetence the last two days. I should have built up a greater inventory of blog posts that were written in advance to be scheduled for release.
The next few days, I'll be at the Society for Health Systems conference in my former home city of San Antonio today through Friday, teaching a “Measures of Success” workshop and giving a keynote talk on Friday.
Even with travel frustration, I can focus on the things I have control over… such as cooking in my own kitchen and doing so in a way that prevents burns.
I made Valentine's Day dinner for my wife, which included a saute pan in the oven. I seared two steaks in a pan on the stovetop and then put them in the oven to roast and come up to temperature.
How did I error proof against reaching in and touching the hot pan handle? That's something I have done before, causing minor burns.
Do you have any examples of “error proofing” in the home? Leave a comment here on the blog post or add to the robust discussion about this on LinkedIn:
Hopefully, you can see the examples that people shared there. My favorites include:
Seth Sager – Production Control and Purchasing Manager at Lee Industries
“Anytime I need to remember something that I need to take with me that is refrigerated, I always put my car keys in the fridge with the food so I can not forget. This happens more often when I am at work and need to take something home with me.”
Tray Gibbs – Continuous Improvement Leader & Improvement Kata Coach
“I often forgot my coat at the office and end up freezing the next morning. I have started leaving my car keys in my coat pocket and now I don't forget my coat.
Kevin Koonce – VP of Operations at Right Sized Inventory
“We have a “ReOrder from The Zon” card underneath the 3rd from the last roll of toilet paper. Because it IS an emergency if you run out. Kanban, baby.”
Chris Leyba – Employee Benefits Consultant at Better Business Planning
“In my past career every summer we would see broken bicycles that were casualties of driving into the garage with the bikes on the roof rack. After learning this lesson the hard way himself, a customer told me he now hangs his bike gloves on the garage door transmitter when the bikes are on the roof rack.”
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