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LEAN and safety go hand in hand at Embracing Excellence

Published by CME Manitoba on April 13, 2018

In today's world, organizations are legislated to have a safety program but are not legislated to have a continuous improvement program.  Learning how to create an environment where safety is the culture, not a top-down driven program can be difficult. Engaging employees to look for waste in processes everywhere all the time, is even harder. 

Building a culture where safety and continuous improvement are at the forefront of every employees’ mind, creates a safer work environment, and achieves long term performance improvements. By combining basic LEAN tools such as 5S, poka yoke (mistake proofing) and Gemba walks with safety walks, ergonomic education and job rotations, your safety culture will continue to grow.

From June 4 – 7, 2018, join over 1,000 leaders, managers and LEAN practitioners at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg to explore LEAN thinking, share enterprise excellence and learn LEAN best practices. With seven keynotes, 15 workshops, 18 tours and 36 presentations, this is the largest LEAN event in Canada in 2018.

Come and learn how to build a safe work culture with a culture that looks for improvement opportunities all the time, everywhere. Register for “Keeping our teams safe while improving our processes”, as part of Safety and Continuous Improvement Culture Development, presented by CME and Made Safe on Monday, June 4 from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

This workshop will cover:

1) What defines culture and what impacts changes to it

2) How to engage employees to take ownership for both safe work habits as well as improvement activities

2) How to utilize safety walks and gemba walks to engage employees on discussions on improvement activities

3) How to add ergonomics discussions into value stream mapping activities

4) How to leverage basic lean tools such as 5S and poka yoke (mistake proofing) to facilitate engaging discussions with our teams

A safe work environment starts from the top, but if it’s not backed up by actions, words are meaningless. It’s important to continuously evaluate processes and procedures and maintain communication with your employees.

This workshop is facilitated by Brett Hiscock and Steven Hnatishin. Registration is now open!


Brett Hiscock, TWI Champion and LEAN Facilitator

Brett Hiscock is the National TWI Champion and LEAN Facilitator for the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. Prior to joining the CME in 2011, Brett spent 20 years in Manufacturing Operations roles. Positions he has held include, Production Manager for an International Furniture Company and Operations Manager for a company that manufactures Custom Therapeutic Devices. Brett is a Certified TWI Instructor and is LEAN Master Black Belt Certified. Over the past six years, Brett has helped more than 25 companies start their TWI journey and has coached over 75 companies in their continuous improvement journeys.

Steven Hnatishin, Safety Advisor

Steven Hnatishin is a Safety Advisor for Made Safe. Prior to joining Made Safe in 2015, Steven worked in the heavy construction field for 10 years, five of them as a Construction Safety Officer for an environmental services company which achieved COR Certification. Steven has mentored injured workers in the Red River Occupational Health and Safety Program. Steven is a Certified National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO) through Manitoba Heavy Construction Association as well as a Certified Auditor through SAFE Work Certified and an Ergonomic Systems Specialist (ESS). Steven is currently undergoing training in the Occupational Health and Safety Certification program

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