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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Dhindsa, Jastinder Singh
Author's Email Address jdhind1@tigers.lsu.edu
URN etd-05312012-131733
Title The Effects Of Lean Intervention (5S) On Perceived Musculoskeletal Workload And Perceived Hazardous Working Conditions In A Health Center Pharmacy
Degree Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (M.S.I.E.)
Department Construction Management and Industrial Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ikuma, Laura Committee Chair
Aghazadeh, Fereydoun Committee Member
Nahmens, Isabelina Committee Member
Keywords
  • Lean
  • 5S
  • Perceived Musculoskeletal Workload
  • Healthcare
  • Pharmacy
Date of Defense 2012-05-17
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The healthcare industry involves a significant level of health and safety risks in various work processes, and healthcare professionals are at risk for work-related musculoskeletal

disorders and other health problems. In recent years, Lean has been introduced in healthcare with the goal of eliminating waste and improving efficiency. Lean is also believed to affect the health and safety of workers. The present research studies the effects of Lean (5S) implementation in an acute care pharmacy of a health center. A version of the Dutch Musculoskeletal Questionnaire (DMQ) was used to record the perceived musculoskeletal workload and perceived hazardous

working conditions. There were twelve participants from the two participating pharmacies and they were divided into two groups, study and control. The study group underwent Lean transformation in the form of a 5S event. Work sampling was conducted to determine any changes in the existing process in terms of percentage of value added and non-value added

activities over the course of the study. Work sampling results did not indicate any significant changes in the percentage of value added and non-value added activities post 5S. The

pharmacists and the pharmacy technicians reported a significant reduction in perceived musculoskeletal workload on the wrist after the 5S event. Perceived hazardous working

conditions were not reduced after the 5S for either the pharmacists or the pharmacy technicians.

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