A work-based research assessment of the impact of 'lean manufacturing' on health and safety education within an SME

Elda Nikolou-Walker

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    Abstract

    Globalisation has had a major impact on the engineering industry as pacific Rim countries undercut manufacturing costs and provide a more cost-effective location for many businesses. Engineering in Nortehrn Ireland has mostly declined owing to increased competition from these countries. Engineering companies are now forced to streamline their production processes and employ cost-reducing practices in order to meet customer demands at reduced prices. This article aims to analyse the effects of one such streamlining endeavour which was first introduced after World War II in Japan- 'lean manufacturing' . 'Lean manufacturing' aims to reduce all wasteful activities within the production process in order to improve productivity, while reducing manufacturing costs. The work-based project under consideration was concerned with the impact 'lean manufacturing' may have on health and safety performance and education within an engineering company. The focus of the project was to determine through work-based research, and quantitative analysis, the employee perception on health and safety: has it changed (either positively or negatively), as a consequence of implementing 'lean manufacturing'.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)441-458
    Number of pages18
    JournalResearch in Post-Compulsory Education
    Volume14(3)
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education

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