Sensory Alert Mistake-Proofing Devices
Sensory alert solutions can make it easier to know when to take
action to prevent an error or when to act on a defect. These
solutions require the operator to see the alert and then react to
Sensory alert effects can be achieved from techniques such as
Color-Coding, MIA (or missing-in-action), and Sensory Alert Aids.
- When using color-coding, the presence or absence of a
color or conflicts in color can help to prevent errors or to make it
easy to pick out an error should one occur.
- MIA techniques are intended to draw a personís
eye to where something belongs or where something is missing.
- Aids are simple sensory alert techniques that
help a person do the job right. Aids include diagrams, pictures,
checklists, and 5S techniques.
Tips when using sensory alerts.
- If you use color-coding, make sure the colors stand out.
- If you
use sensory aids, keep them simple.
- Donít underestimate the power
of the 5Ss as a sensory alert aid. For example, spills are always an important
alert of something going wrong.