Safety Stream Mapping—A New Tool Applied to the Textile Company as a Case Study

Part of the Studies in Systems, Decision and Control book series (SSDC, volume 202)


Nowadays, the competitiveness between organizations is a growing reality. The Lean philosophy has proven to help companies improve their productivity and reduce waste. The relationship between lean and safety, Lean Safety, is not clearly understood, which should not be the case, since these two concepts are compatible and both strive to improve processes. This paper presents a new methodology designated Safety Steam Mapping (SSM). The SSM is a methodology based on VSM (Value Stream Mapping) and WID (Waste Identification Diagram) that allows, through the observation of a color scheme, to perceive the areas/processes belonging to the productive flow of the organization, what is the associated risk and what is the cause of the lack of safety, thus facilitating the understanding of the company’s risk assessment. The SSM was designed in order to assist any member of an organization, internal or external, to perceive the safety state of the organization. The main goal of this methodology is to provide all stakeholders a macro view and easy interpretation of the level of safety and risk level of the areas/processes of the company. A case study of a textile enterprise is presented, as well as, the respective results.


Lean safety Value stream mapping Lean tool Safety stream mapping 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Polytechnic Institute of PortoSchool of Engineering (ISEP)PortoPortugal
  2. 2.Polytechnic Institute of Viana do CasteloSchool of Business SciencesValençaPortugal
  3. 3.Polytechnic Institute Cavado AveDesign SchoolBarcelosPortugal

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