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    Warfare Center hosts Rapid Improvement Event focused on hazardous materials

    Warfare Center conducts rapid improvement for HAZMAT

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    Story by J.W. Marcum 

    Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division

    PORT HUENEME, Calif.—Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) hosted a Rapid Improvement Event (RIE) focusing on transient hazardous materials management, August 8-10. The event was a collaborative effort between the Environmental Office, Continuous Performance Improvement (CPI) and personnel from various departments across the command who routinely work with hazardous materials (HAZMAT) off site.

    The goal of the event was to create a process or policy to educate the workforce on off-site, location-specific instructions for working with HAZMAT. Regulations and policies that were discussed included the receipt, transportation, use, storage and proper disposal of HAZMAT.

    “We have a current command instruction on HAZMAT, but I want to look into beefing that one up or establishing a new one for transient materials,” said NSWC PHD Environmental Program Manager and RIE Team Lead Maggie McDonald.

    The group listed future-state requirements to put into action and will seek command authority, in formal policy and standard operating procedures for transient HAZMAT.

    “By getting the subject matter experts together for the HAZMAT and Hazardous Waste Management RIE, we continue our cycle of improving our ways of doing business,” said NSWC PHD Deputy of Corporate Operations,Value-Stream Champion for the event, Dave Scheid.

    Safety and environmental concerns are a key part of the command’s Infrastructure Division, which falls under the responsibility of the Corporate Operations Department.

    “A systematic look at how we do business, challenging every requirement with an eye towards making sure we are efficient and compliant, is the best way to make ourselves world class,” added Scheid.

    RIEs have proven a useful tool for evaluation and improvement of processes because they bring together key stakeholders and subject matter experts who can generate ideas that will have far-reaching benefits, not just for the command, but for the Naval Sea Systems Command enterprise.

    “You never know where an off-the-wall idea might lead to,” said James Schwartz, NSWC PHD CPI Lean, Six Sigma master black belt. Some projected benefits resulting from the event include future-state improvements in cycle-time reduction, standardization, safety, readiness, conservation, and cost-avoidance procedures.

    “We are creating a healthy dialogue on what we need to do to address current-state issues,” continued Schwartz.

    RIEs are also in alignment with High Velocity Learning, a foundational line-of-effort in Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John M. Richardson’s “A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority”.

    NSWC PHD will be hosting a Safety and Environmental Community-of-Practice event the week of August 28, where McDonald will be presenting the results of the RIE. Results will also be presented at a Transformation Brief-Out, held September 15, in the Audio-Visual Center at building 1388.

    CPI is an ongoing process at the command to focus on improving cost, schedule and quality for all products and services delivered to customers and stakeholders. CPI encompasses all ongoing continuous performance and process improvement efforts such as Lean, Six Sigma RIEs, total cost reductions and value engineering.



    Date Taken: 08.15.2017
    Date Posted: 08.15.2017 18:46
    Story ID: 244964

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