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 it.
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 person’s eye to where something belongs or where something is missing.
Sensory Alert Aids
- 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.
- Don’t underestimate the power of the 5Ss as a sensory alert aid. For example, spills are always an important alert of something going wrong.