5S Lab Organization Training

We provide a 5S Lab Organization Training program.

Why 5S Lab Organization Training?

I was first exposed to the 5S Lab Organization system while visiting the Invitrogen plant in Carlsbad. I immediately expressed an interest in implementing this in my own lab. John Hughes, who led the 5S implementation effort at Life Technologies, had kindly shared with me some of the material he used. Despite this help, it took us several years before the system was up and running.

Many people who visit our lab seek advice from us. As a result, we shared a 5S Toolkit. However, this resource seems hardly sufficient to allow an organization to make the transition. For instance, hoarding, territorial relations, or uncertainty about management expectations are some of the factors that get in the way of change. One way to accelerate the process is to seek the assistance of an external consultant who can provide a fresh perspective on the use of your space. Furthermore, the trainer brings 5S experience. Moreover, an outsider is often best positioned to create a safe environment allowing members of a team to express their perspective on lab organization irrespective of their position in the organization chart.

Benefits of the 5S Lab Organization

They are countless benefits resulting from adopting the 5S Lab Organization system.

  • Laboratory personnel enjoys working in a clean lab. They will take pride in their workspace.
  • It projects the image of a well-run organization. This positive image can be critical in securing new contracts and converting prospects.
  • It saves space and money by making better use of existing resources.
  • It makes the laboratory more productive.

Training plan

The 5S Lab Organization Training is an onsite training program. Neil Adames will come to work with your team in their laboratory.

The program is delivered over a period of one to two months.

Initially, the program focuses on understanding the goal of the 5S program. Then, the team will identify “stuff” that clutters the space without serving any purpose.  After this sorting step, the team will set the lab in order. They will arrange the tools, parts, and instructions to make the most frequently used ones the most easily accessible. This first phase will generally take several days depending on the size of the lab.

A month or so after the first visit, Neil will come a second time. He will review the organization effort and provide suggestions for possible improvement. However, the main focus of this second visit is to ensure the sustainability of the new lab organization.

Contact us to discuss how we help you make your lab a better place to work.

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