February 12, 2019

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6’s in Supply Chain

6’s in Supply Chain

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6’s in Supply Chain can be a confusing term sometimes as it is not familiar to a layman. When was the last time your warehouse had a checkup. Careful planning and dedication to safety are top priorities in order to keep our warehouse and also warehouse employees from mishaps. Ninety percent of warehouse related mishaps or accidents take place due to human mistake. Due to this supply chain already introduced a concept which is in existence from very long time and that is 6S in supply chain. Let’s check what are they?

6’s in Supply Chain

The concept of 6s has been introduced by the Japanese to maintain an organized workplace. It is derived from the “5S“method of workplace organization and visual controls. It was popularized by Hiroyuki Hirano (1990). The five “Ss” refer to five Japanese words—seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, and shitsuke.

What is called as 6’s in Supply Chain

Let’s check in detail. Seiri means to separate needed and not needed materials and to remove the latter Seiton means to neatly arrange and identify needed materials for ease of use.  Seiso means to conduct a cleanup campaign.  Seiketsu means to do seiri, seiton, and seiso at frequent intervals and to standardize your 5S procedures. Shitsuke means to form the habit of always following the first four Ss

If this is meant for Japanese, what is it meant for us? Here are labels for the 6S and their meaning for us.

Sort means to distinguish between what is needed and not needed and to remove the latter. Stabilize means to enforce a place for everything to be in place, Shine means to clean up the workplace and look for ways to keep it clean, Standardize means maintain and monitor adherence to the first three Ss. Sustain means follow the rules to keep the workplace 6S-right—”maintain the gain”. Safety means eliminating hazards.

Safety and security

Ensuring safety and security of employees and materials by creating separate areas for manual activities and equipment activities. For this place fire extinguisher at regular intervals and place the extinguishers at easy reach. Put proper direction label for emergency exit, designed the fire protection capacity to accommodate storage of materials with a greater fire hazard, such as plastic products, plastic wrapped pallets, chemicals etc.

 Mock drills

A mock drill is a method of practicing the evacuation of a building for a any emergency disaster like fire or any other natural disaster

Why are mock drills conducted?

Mock drills are conducted to make the employees aware about the evacuation assembly area and also the to know the details about the warehouse layout and design.

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