Guntakal DRM’s office first in railways to get 5S certification
By Express News Service | Published: 20th April 2013 01:15 PM |
The divisional railway manager’s (DRM) office, Guntakal division of the South Central Railway, has become the first DRM’s office of the Indian Railways to get the prestigious 5S certification awarded from the Quality Circle Forum of India.
The 5S is a Japanese technique for workplace organisation and housekeeping that uses a list of five Japanese words: seiri (sort), seiton (arrange), seiso (clean), seiketsu (standardise), and shitsuke (sustain).
It describes how to organise a work space for efficiency and effectiveness by identifying and storing the items used, maintaining the area and items and sustaining the new order.
The decision-making process usually comes from a dialogue on standardisation, which builds understanding among employees of how they should do the work.
It has taken seven months of hard work and motivation for the Team Guntakal to attain this coveted target. During the course of this process, the division has been able to dispose of 70 tonnes of old records and files.
It has also adopted a software for record-keeping, issuing and weeding out. This software is developed with VB as front-end and MS Access as back-end upgradable to Oracle.
Any file or record in the DRM’s office can now be fetched in 30 seconds. House-keeping has tremendously improved not only for filing but also in other areas like toilets, parking, gardens, notice boards, homes and hospital.
Visual Standards in different areas have been innovated by Team Guntakal to ensure that “everything has a place and everything is in its place”.
SCR general manager DP Pande congratulated divisional railway manager TP Singh and his team of officials on their remarkable work and achievement.