January 17, 2024

Safer workplaces with digitized working methods

With a new mobile application, we aim at  improving the safety and work environment at our sites in Sweden. The application increases the possibilities for continuous improvements and helps us create safe, efficient workplaces.

Recently, we started a pilot project at two of our sites in Sweden, where our employees get access to a platform to easily carry out and document 5S audits using their mobile phone. The application is designed to reduce manual paperwork and facilitate the documentation.

What is 5S?

5S is a method to streamline the work, further increase safety and improve the work environment through organization. The method originally comes from the Japanese car industry and includes five steps, which in English can be translated to sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain.

By, among other things, eliminating unnecessary objects, keeping the workplace clean, and creating standardized routines, productivity and efficiency are improved. At the same time, the risk of accidents is reduced when dangerous or disturbing elements are removed from the work area, which helps us to create a safer environment for our employees.

– In summary, implementing 5S can lead to a more organized, safe, and efficient workplace, which in turn can increase productivity and reduce waste and risks, says Mikael Andersson, engineer in Quant’s Operational Excellence team.

He also highlights the financial benefits of a well-organized 5S work:

– By eliminating waste and inefficiency in the work processes, companies can save time and money. In addition, having a better overview of assets and materials can lead to reduced purchasing costs.

Safe and secure workplaces

By integrating the application with tools such as PowerBI, we enable simple and detailed analysis of collected data, which allows us to identify patterns and areas for improvement. This helps us to improve the safety and work environment for our employees, while at the same time making it possible to drive processes for continuous improvements and create more efficient workplaces.

The pilot project is planned to run during the spring. After evaluation and eventual improvement measures, the plan is to implement the work method at all sites in Sweden.