Kaizen, a Japanese
Management Philosophy, promises big change in performance
through Continuous Incremental Improvement.
Masaaki Imai, founder of Kaizen Institute, defined it
as a resource of continuing improvement in personal
life and workplace. At the workplace, (here we are concerned
about work place - Gamba!!) Kaizen means continuous
improvement involving everyone from top to bottom to
work for performance. The Kaizen strategy involves everyone
in an organization working together to make improvements
which may not require large investment.
According to me Kaizen is nothing but an objective based
Brain Storming Sessions by a Disciplined Cohesive Team
comprising all concerned. Depending on the type of Problem
Team may be Uni-Functional or Cross-Functional. Normally
in Chemical Industries functions like Production, Engineering,
Quality System, HSE, and Supply-Chain are part of any
such team. Team Discuss about the problem and Analyses
it, Find Out Most-suitable Solution.
the ownership to Implement Improvement Actions.
Team Monitors the Result of Implementation and
work for further improvement whenever it is
All of us know about PDCA Cycle which we use
widely to improve operation. PDCA is a never
ending cycle because we can not grow if we can
not improve our performance. PDCA also advocates
Continuous Incremental Improvement.
can be successfully implemented by Practicing Kaizen
Events by everyone associated with a process / system
/ organization. It flows from the top. One should never
loss heart because good ideas come when the going gets
tough. Never say No to Kaizen Event. Continue to practice
it through out the life cycle of the process.
"A Kaizen Event is an Organized Efforts of All
Employees with a clear cut Objective to find out a better
way to manage a process so that Organization Excels."
Safety at our work place is of prime importance because
it has multiple effects on business if we fail. So there
is no Choice but to improve on it.
How It Can Happen
- Try to forget old theories
- Let us look for new ideas
- Do not look for excuses, find
ways to make it happen
- Say " NO " to status
- Do not worry about being perfect
- Even if you get half way, start
- If something is wrong fix it on
- It does not have to cost a lot
of money to improve the process
- Look for wisdom from the Team
rather than one individual
- Do not stop asking questions until
Root Causes of problems are established
- Never Say No for a Kaizen Event
There are simple tools
/ concepts / methodologies like 5S, TPM, potential Failure
Mode Effect Analysis / Material and Information Flow
Analysis (MIFA) / Single Minute Exchange of Dyes (SMED)
and last but not the least Root Cause Analysis can give
a Boost to the performance to our organization.
All these tools can be used to improve System
Safety and its Management. However most important is
"Look for wisdom from the Team rather than one
author is Chemical Engineer having Diploma in
Industrial Safety & Hygiene and Post Graduate
Diploma in Business Administration.
Shri Roy has 23 years of working experience
in organizations like Grasim, Cyanamid India
Ltd., Indian Organic Chemicals Ltd., Colour
Chem Ltd., Albright & Wilson Chemical Industries
Ltd. (Rhodia). At present Shri Roy is working
as Head of Operations, Jubilant Organosys Ltd.,
He has received good amount of training and
exposure in Safety in Cyanamid, Colour Chem
(a subsidiary of Clariant) and Rhodia, using
Principle of Kaizen to improve Safety System.