136 ◾ Lean Sustainability
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 organization’s 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
4. Safety, health, and environmental risks and opportunities are factored
into the business’s decision-making process and its operations.
7.2 SHE Pillar Master Plan and SHE
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-
The SHE pillar master plan is a Gantt chart, developed by the site SHE
pillar team and endorsed by the organization’s leadership, that provides the
detailed schedule and responsibilities for implementing speciﬁc SHE initia-
tives and improvement activities. Figure7.1 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.