The increasing involvement of hourly employees in the Michigan Assembly Plant (MAP) daily Safety Operating System (SOS) meetings is producing more opportunities to improve safety.
Each day at 8am in front of the Final Assembly Safety Kiosk, process coaches and other salaried personnel update the current safety status of their departments and areas. Recently, hourly employees have been asked to personally express their concerns at the meetings. Many are taking advantage of the opportunity.
“It’s a way to get an issue out to everybody and know that I am being heard,” said Trim 3 Team Member Kim Johnson, who explained how installing a particular C-MAX part resulted in a wrist concern.
MAP Assistant Plant Manager Larry Moskwa says the increased involvement of the site’s hourly employees is a reflection of their expertise.
“We have 5,000 valuable people out there who are professionals at their job and know exactly what is going on. If we get them involved and they share their knowledge with us, we can put permanent corrective actions in place,” explained Moskwa.
Hourly employees observed working safely also are being recognized at the daily meetings.