A safety culture at work starts with well-trained employees. Employees who get safety training through NSC programs make their workplaces safer for everyone. Advanced Safety Training The Advanced Safety Certificate program gives people who want to work in safety a place to start, a clear path to follow, and the best-in-class educational experiences they need to meet many of the industry-leading certification requirements. Training for supervisors on how to spot and deal with people who…

Shigeo Shingo was a pioneer in the fields of continuous process improvement and operational excellence. He taught thousands of engineers at Toyota how to use the Toyota Production System, had a hand in making Kaizen, and came up with the idea of the Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED). Shingo’s name is on the Shingo Institute at Utah State University’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. The institute’s main goal is to teach organizational leaders all…

There is no one way to train employees. There is no one simple way to build the best training programs for employees, but there are a few things that are always present in the best programs. Try to include all nine of the following parts in your employee training plan: Read on to find out how you can use these best training practices in your own programs to help your employees grow. Effectiveness of Training…

Things will get more complicated as your business grows. There are more people, more jobs, and more steps that all need to be set up in the best way possible. Many startups and companies lose momentum as soon as they add more people to their team because they think things will just work out on their own. One of the best ways to avoid chaos and keep things running smoothly and consistently is to keep…

Lean Production | What is Lean Manufacturing? Lean manufacturing, also called lean production, is based on a simple idea: work hard to get rid of waste in the manufacturing process. Waste is any action that doesn’t add value from the point of view of the customer. According to research done by the Lean Enterprise Research Centre (LERC), 60 percent of production activities in a typical manufacturing operation are waste because they don’t add any value…

A user guide, also called a user manual, is meant to help people figure out how to use a certain product, service, or application. It is usually written by a technician, the person who made the product, or the customer service staff of a company. Most user guides have both written instructions and pictures to go along with them. Screenshots of the user interface (UI) are usually included with computer programs, and hardware manuals often…

ISO stands for the International Organization for Standardization ISO 14001:2015 lists the requirements for an environmental management system that an organization can use to improve its environmental performance. ISO 14001:2015 is for organizations that want to manage their environmental responsibilities in a way that helps with the environmental pillar of sustainability. ISO 14001:2015 helps an organization reach the goals of its environmental management system, which are good for the environment, the organization, and other people…

In a global market, there needs to be a way to keep everyone honest. If they didn’t, it would be hard to keep quality and consistency across industries and countries. ISO is an organization that helps to make sure that everyone is playing on the same level. What is certification by ISO? ISO certification shows that a management system, a manufacturing process, a service, or a way to document something meets all the standards and…

In Lean, continuous improvement is a lot like a religion. Even though it seems easy to do, leaders and teams who aren’t familiar with process improvement techniques have a hard time keeping it up. To use this mindset, you need to know what continuous improvement is, what principles you need to follow, and what some of the best practices are. The Model for Continuous Improvement If you don’t put the term “continuous improvement” in a…

Putting in place a quality management system affects every part of how well an organization does. Some of the benefits of a written quality management system are: ◉ Meeting the needs of the customer builds trust in the business, which leads to more customers, more sales, and more repeat business. ◉ Meeting the organization’s needs, which makes sure that rules are followed and that products and services are offered in the most cost- and resource-effective…