Healthy Facilities™

Systems Govern Success - Eliminate Waste in All Forms

By PC4HS Staff

Systems govern success. No one understands this better than successful car makers. Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools® (PC4HS) strives to apply the “lean” system-concept adopted by leading automakers. In the successful book, The Toyota Way Fieldbook, authors Liker and Meier emphasize eliminating waste as part of ‘value stream mapping’ in the following ways:

 

  1. “Unnecessary movement. Any motion employees have to perform during the course of their work other than adding value … such as reaching for, looking for, or stacking parts, tools, etc. [is waste] … Also, walking is waste.”
  2. “Defects. Production of defective parts or correction…repairing of rework, scrap, replacement production, and inspection means wasteful handling, time, and effort.”
  3. “Unused employee creativity. Losing time, ideas, skills, improvements, and learning opportunities by not engaging or listening to your employees [is waste].”

 

PC4HS applies the lean-value-stream process in the following ways:

 

  1. Eliminates unnecessary cleaning movements. PC4HS is a system of using the right tool at the right time – and just-in-time – creating ‘flow’ by guiding and routing workers through tasks so there is no wasted movement, and no extra steps or walking. Every step counts. Every motion is ergonomic. Every movement goes straight to the job at hand.
  2. Quality does not cost, it pays, and mass inspection is not needed when the System builds in quality at the get-go. PC4HS recognizes that it is more expensive to re-do improper cleaning, than to do it right the first time.
  3. PC4HS believes its customer, the in-house custodian, is a very valuable member of the school and its community, and has established a Field Advisory Board to tap and recognize this wellspring of creativity and experience.