Organizing Your Lab with Lean 6 Sigma Principles

Category: Laboratories

Course Summary

online course explains the use of Lean 6S principles in organizing the physical
workplace for efficiency. The course shows how to eliminate the four types of
waste: mistakes & reworks, excess inventory, unnecessary transporting and
unnecessary motion. To accomplish this, the six sequential steps of Lean 6S are
explained in detail and illustrated with photographs as well as graphics.
Examples of Lean 6S initiatives at the State Hygienic Laboratory in Iowa
reinforce the results that can be accomplished by employing these principles.
Additionally, the course includes several interactive sections to engage the
user. This course provides a solid basis for anyone who is considering the use
of Lean 6S principles in the workplace.

Intended Audience

Laboratory staff at all levels, from those in
ancillary services to laboratory directors

Learning Objectives

After completion of this course, the
participant will be able to:

  • • Identify 6S as a form of
    LEAN management. 
  • • Identify the steps/sequence
    of the 6S Process. 
  • • Recognize and discuss the
    four forms of waste addressed by 6S principles.
  • • Discuss the nature and
    importance of the planning process.
  • • State the primary purpose
    of each step in the process. 
  • • Describe key tools or
    methods used in each step.
  • • Identify benefits achieved
    through the 6S process.

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No Pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Policy Development/Program Planning Skills, Financial Planning and Management Skills

CEUs Offered





Online Self-Pace


1 hour

Presenter(s) and/or Content

Lorelei Kurimski, MS

Technical requirements

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements

Register a free account

Creation and/or update

January 6, 2015