Lean safety leadership

When:  Oct 2, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (ET)
A common requirement to attain either world-class lean or world-class safety is ongoing engagement of the workforce. Too often, lean has been used as a cost savings methodology by management, and as a result, gaining employee interest and buy-in can be difficult. This workshop suggests a different path to lean success – a safe path. By using some of the common tools in a lean thinker’s tool box and focusing on safety instead of cycle time, you can easily start to build an understanding and acceptance of lean while you improve safety in your facility. Safety compliance (OSHA) is the focal point of most safety programs. Reacting to injuries and near misses is the norm. Yet, an opportunity exists to proactively engage the workforce in a meaningful safety improvement program.

HOST COMPANY: Sauder woodworking started in 1934 in a barn behind Erie Sauder’s home. The company grew quickly, with Sauder relocating his company to a new, expanded location in Archbold in 1935. In 1951 Sauder created the “knock-down” table. This table was packaged flat in a box, and the consumer easily assembles it at home. This marked the beginning of ready to assemble furniture. Today, Sauder Woodworking is the largest ready to assemble Furniture Company in the United States. One of Sauder’s major customers is IKEA.

PRESENTER: Robert B. Hafey has worked in manufacturing operations and maintenance for forty years. The first part of his career was with U.S. Steel Corporation followed by twenty plus years at Flexco. For the last eighteen years he was directly involved in the definition and implementation of continual improvement. He has been an AME (Association for Manufacturing Excellence) volunteer for the past fourteen years and acquired much of his lean knowledge through this involvement. He has served on the National Board, as a Regional Board President, Regional Board member and has been a volunteer member of three AME annual conference teams. He is a skilled presenter and keynote who has presented continuous improvement material at AME, SME, PMA, APICS, NIBA, Manufacturing Institute (Manchester, UK), NAEM, Assembly Technology Expo, MRO today, IMTS and Reliable plant sponsored conferences. He firmly believes in the email signature tag line he created, “You can continuously cope or you can continuously improve – the choice is yours!” Some of his hobbies include master wood carver and gourmet cooking for friends and family.


Sauder Woodworking
831 W. Barre Rd.
Archbold, OH 43502