In lean we talk about “seeing the waste” and using visual tools. Many of us that use these terms have had a lot of training in engineering, manufacturing and other highly technical areas. However, the skills needed to “see” problems may lie more firmly in the study of art.
Continuously improving your company and eliminating waste includes the environmental and energy wastes that are being generated in your facility. Perhaps you should do as one company does and think of it not as waste, but EXCESS. Excess isn't garbage that needs to be thrown away, but extra materials that should be used.
Small Steps to Save Energy
The IMEC blog recently posted a report link titled “Energy Efficiency and Cook County Manufacturers." The report, sponsored by the Delta Institute describes energy efficiency recommendations that are commonly recommended to manufacturers and discusses why the most cost effective measures are often NOT implemented.
by Mary Hallock
For our most recent Rockford area Waste-to-Profit meeting we combined the areas of safety and environmental compliance into one program. We presented the Chemical Safety Workshop material and added some material that focused on hazardous waste recycling and pollution prevention.
The more I worked on my material and tied it into the Chemical Safety Workshop material, the more I realized how the sustainable aspect of handling chemicals goes hand in hand with the safety aspect. If we minimize exposure to our employees, then we minimize exposure to the environment.