Gemba, Blitz, Kaizen and Kaikaku – What Will Help My Ergo Program?

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2 p.m. Eastern Time | Register now
Presenter: Jeff Smagacz, global ergonomics practice leader, Marsh Risk Consulting’s Marsh

Organizations see the frequency of ergonomic-related injuries and costs growing each year. The simple fact is that people need to perform physical work, whether at a factory, store, or an office. As a result, creating operations based on good human design that benefits the entire workforce is an easier solution than one might think. Effective ways to do this are through several improvement methods, ranging from Gemba to Kaizen to Kaikaku.

Centered within these different methods is the Kaizen event. Kaizen is a Japanese word that means “good change.” These events help make employees’ jobs safer and more efficient through the study of their work activities and implementation of small, simple improvements in their environment. The focus is on immediate action rather than longer-term, costly alternatives. Kaizen events can help reduce your total cost of risk and your ergonomic-injury costs while boosting your bottom line and productivity.

Over the past 20 years, I have delivered over 325 kaizen events to 40 companies across 21 states and 12 countries.  This presentation will discuss the broad range of improvement methods that as well as share the collective key learnings from these events and predictions on utilizing kaizen in the future.

Jeff Smagacz is the global ergonomics practice leader and a senior vice president in Marsh Risk Consulting’s (MRC) Workforce Strategies Practice. Jeff leverages his vast human factors/ergonomics skill set with clients to deploy initiatives that align business requirements with safe, efficient, and sustainable processes. The strategic partnerships he develops routinely deliver a reduction in injuries with a subsequent financial impact.

Jeff has delivered more than 2,000 seminars and trained more than 30,000 people. He regularly shares his expertise and motivational skills at regional, national, and international conferences.