Lean Activities for the Laboratory
Lean is a set of techniques used to manage a work environment by eliminating waste, organizing the workplace, streamlining procedures and establishing clear, visual standards.
In the laboratory, lean initiatives focus on improving safety, eliminating wasted motion, space and supplies, reducing errors, and automating the specimen handling process.
How to implement a Lean Lab:
Work Cell Specimen Processing
Lean labs that arrange their environment into work cells can minimize movement, reduce batch sizes, decrease set up time, improve lab safety and standardize work processes to reduce errors. Learn more about implementing Lean Lab Work Cell Specimen Processing
Remove the Waste.
The first lean lab initiatives focus on eliminating waste - any activity that does not add value to a given process. Learn more about the 7 types of waste, including examples and tips on how to reduce that waste in your lab, by viewing the Lean Lab Waste Chart.
5S Workplace Organization.
5S is a Japanese concept designed to reduce waste and optimize productivity through better organization of the workplace. The 5S pillars are Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain. Learn more about Lean Lab 5S Workplace Organization.