QMS 2 - RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

2.2.3-2 Mapping out and Improving the floor plan of your laboratory Part 2

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PURPOSE:

A good laboratory floor plan eliminates or significantly reduces waste by removing excess movement, time and effort. To effectively redesign a laboratory, the current floor plan and workflow path must be evaluated.  In this activity, participants learn how to create a floor plan of their own laboratories. A follow-up activity will allow them to improve the workflow by redesigning the floor plan of their laboratories.

KEY MESSAGES:

  • To effectively redesign a laboratory, the current floor plan and workflow path must be evaluated. 
  • Repositioning movable items alters the workflow path.
  • Tracing the workflow path in the floor plan can easily highlight inefficiencies and waste.

SELF ASSESSMENT:

Can you:

  • Create a floor plan?
  • Trace the workflow path in a floor plan?
  • Recognize that movable items can be repositioned within the limitations of the permanent structures?
  • Recognize that changing the placement of movable items alters the workflow path? 

Instructor(s)

Beatrice van der Puije

Ms. van der Puije helped redesign the classroom-based SLMTA 3 curriculum for on-line delivery and will serve as an instructor and facilitator of the e-learning course. Based in Ghana, Ms. van der Puije is a Public Health Program Manager at African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), a pan-African organisation strengthening medical laboratory networks and systems in Africa. Ms. van der Puije is a certified QMS Trainer, with a Master of Science Degree in Medical Immunology and Microbiology. She is a SLMTA master trainer and has trained numerous laboratorians in the past decade.


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