The waste recording form is a simple tool for documenting waste during a process walk.
The observer focuses on identifying the wasteful activities a person is performing, and records them on the form. The form will usually contain a place to categorize the waste.
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The obvious first step in reducing waste is to identify it. That is the benefit of using a waste recording form. It provides the observer with a standardized tool to systematically observe a process with an eye towards waste.
The most common time a waste recording form is use is during the process walk phase of a kaizen event.
Normally, each person on the team will be assigned a role. Any people not part of the team documenting process steps or measuring cycle times will often be assigned the task of recording waste. The more people doing this, the better. Each wasteful activity the team identifies provides one more possibility improve the operation.
The steps to complete a waste recording form include:
Fill out the header information.
Observe the process. At this point, refrain from asking questions. Use your eyes and your ears to identify inefficiencies. If you don’t understand what is happening, and really want to ask the operator something, keep it brief. You don’t want the operator biasing your observation.
Repeat. You may have to repeat the observation several times until you don’t see any new wastes. You will seldom see everything the first time through. Keep observing the process until you see very few new items of waste.
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