February 13, 2014

Productivity, Safety, Comfort, and Operator Health Management

Industrial engineering departments have to make productivity improvement plans for every year. Toyota Style Industrial Engineering demands that IEs plan the cost reduction for each product every year. They even demand monthly plans (Kaizen Costing).

Total Productivity Management (TPMgmt) is being promoted Japanese Industrial Management Association as top down plan for productivity improvement

Safety is an important human resource management responsibility under OSHA act. Industrial engineering need to plan their involvement in safety management and in developing human effort designs which are safe to the highest degree.

Comfort studies are to be done periodically.

Health is also covered under OSHA. Industrial engineering have to take care of operator health in the design of motions of the operators and also in the design of hand-tools,  machine controls to be operated by operators and work station.


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