Benefits of Lean Safety
As with any other new approach, there are the same advantages espoused by supporters such as lower internal resource requirements, lower cost, shorter start-up, better results in shorter time, broader distribution of information, less disruption to operations, greater support from workers and unions, greater internalization, and sustainability of techniques and results. This all sounds too good to be true, and it is bound to be more of a task than purported.
The manufacturer, consumer, or customer will experience a cleaner product, timely product, less waste, reduced risk of injury or illness (less personnel cost), conservation of resources both natural and man-made, more sustainability, and improvement all around, including safety. What more could you want?
The lean approach attempts to achieve its intentions by elimination/reduction of waste from overproduction, unnecessary transportation, waiting/queuing, extra processing, motion, inventory, and defects. All of this is meant to deliver the best possible value to the customer with the minimum resources possible.
This lean approach was developed by Toyota Production System (TPS) and has been around for a number of years. Linking lean and safety has become an issue for companies and individuals.