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Chapter 7
SHE Pillar Activities
The road must be run safe first, and fast afterward.
Rule Book of the New York and Erie Railroad
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7.1  SHE and Lean
Despite the limited discussion of safety, health, and environmental (SHE)
issues in the Lean literature, it is obvious that accidents and environmental
incidents are a form of waste that must be managed, reduced, and ultimately
eliminated. Failure to integrate SHE into the Lean process can give rise to a
business culture that endorses risk-taking, resulting in changes that are inad-
equately examined and, at times, even reckless. This failure to adequately
manage the safety and environmental impacts of change presents unneces-
sary risk to the business, which can result in significant human and financial
losses. Recent accidents such as the explosion of the BP Deepwater Horizon
oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico and the resulting oil spill clearly demonstrate
the high human, environmental, and financial costs of failing to manage
SHE risks properly. Changes made in the name of speed, increased produc-
tivity, and lower cost that compromise safety and the environment are not
improvements at all, but rather reckless betting with the lives and livelihood
of others that has no place in today’s Lean workplace. In fact, continual
improvement in an organizations safety record is considered such a key
indicator of the success of a Lean/TPM implementation that reducing acci-
dents is a mandatory requirement for winning the Japanese PM prize.
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Lean methods profoundly change the workplace and the way work is
conducted. To ensure that workplace changes are both safe and sound it
is essential that an organization’s safety, health, and environmental sys-
tems adapt and respond to these changes. Early in Lean implementation
an organizations SHE systems should be rethought and re-engineered.
Lean offers an opportunity to integrate safety, health, and environment
into the organization’s way of working, rather than managing them as
separate issues. The SHE pillar plays a key role in this integration process
by ensuring that
1. The changes brought about by the Lean transformation are adequately
reviewed from a safety, health, and environmental perspective.
2. All of the Lean/TPM pillars incorporate safety, health, and environment
into their master plans and activities.
3. The Lean methodology and associated tools are leveraged by the SHE
pillar to reduce risks, improve SHE performance, and advance the
business.
4. Safety, health, and environmental risks and opportunities are factored
into the business’s decision-making process and its operations.
2,3
7.2 SHEPillar MasterPlan and SHE 
ManagementSystems
In a typical Lean/TPM implementation, the workplace often undergoes chal-
lenging and wrenching transformations. By carefully formulating and imple-
menting a comprehensive safety, health, and environmental pillar master
plan, an organization is better able to manage this change in a safe and
sustainable fashion. Developing a SHE master plan enables an organization
to develop a clear roadmap for realizing its vision of safety, health, and envi-
ronmental excellence.
The SHE pillar master plan is a Gantt chart, developed by the site SHE
pillar team and endorsed by the organizations leadership, that provides the
detailed schedule and responsibilities for implementing specific SHE initia-
tives and improvement activities. Figure7.1 provides an example of a site
SHE pillar master plan that shows how safety, health, and environment are
integrated into the other pillars. The master plan includes activities that the
SHE pillar conducts in support of the other pillars, as well as initiatives that
the SHE pillar champions and leads with the support of SHE professionals.
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# Tasks
Owner
Plan
Start
Plan
Finish
1
SHE Support in Preparation Phase
1.1
SHE Climate Analysis Support
1.2
SHE Leadership Training
1.3
Leadership 7 Cs of Safety
1.4
SHE Vision & Values
1.5
Zero Accident Education
1.6
Develop & Implement SHE Loss Tree
1.7
Implement SHE Governance
1.8
Propose SHE Targets
1.9
Draft SHE Balanced Scorecard
1.10
6 S Support
1.11
Support of LOTO/ZES
2 SHE Support in AM Steps 1–3
2.1
Danger Anticipation Training
2.2
SHE F-Tags
2.3
SHE OPLs
2.4
SHE 5-Why RCA
2.5
Support AM Elimination of Sources of Leaks, Spills,
2.6
Zero Leaks & Spills
2.7
SHE in Provisional AM Standards
2.8
SHE Visual Controls
2.9
Pointing & Naming Drills
2.10
SHE Loss Tree
3 SHE Support in AM Steps 4–7
4 SHE Support of PM & EEM
4.1
SHE Permit System Technical Support
4.2
Technical Support of Haz Ops & FMEA
5 SHE Support of FI = SHE Kaizens
6 SHE Pillar
6.1
SHE Master Plan & SHE Mgmt System Design
6.2
Design of SHE Pillar Self-Assessment
6.3
SHE Charting
O N D
YEAR 2
J F M A M J J A SA S O N D
SHE Pillar Master Plan
YEAR 1
J F M A M J J
Figure 7.1  Example of a SHE pillar master plan.

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