Relationship between lean manufacturing and occupational health and safety in the aerospace industry in Turkey

Karstarlı Sevim, Rana
Occupational health and safety is a concept that is very important in every industry branch around the world. The primary purpose of the occupational health and safety philosophy is to prevent possible accidents, loss of life, and property by creating a safe work environment for employees. Lean manufacturing emerged in Japan as a result of the raw material crisis after the Second World War. Still, it started to be used worldwide in a short time due to its contribution to the production processes. The main purpose of lean manufacturing is to create a more efficient and effective production environment by eliminating all waste detected during manufacturing a product. This way, it is possible to produce higher quality products at a lower cost. This situation is of great importance for companies to withstand and survive the competition in globalized market conditions. According to lean manufacturing, losses resulting from work accidents are also waste and should be eliminated as much as possible. In this thesis, improving the working environment by using lean manufacturing techniques also contribute to occupational health and safety. This study aims to examine the relationship between lean manufacturing and occupational health and safety concepts in a company operating in the aerospace industry in Turkey. In the methodology followed within the scope of this study, the risk factors within the scope of occupational health and safety in certain manufacturing areas were determined first. Then, these risks were analyzed using the Fine–Kinney Method. In order to reduce these risk factors, Kaizen studies, which cover many other lean manufacturing techniques, have been carried out and improvements have been implemented against these occupational health and safety risks. After the implementation of these improvements, risk assessment were repeated. According to the comparison of these analyses, it has been determined that there is a positive relationship between lean manufacturing concepts and occupational health and safety, which supports each other.


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Citation Formats
R. Karstarlı Sevim, “Relationship between lean manufacturing and occupational health and safety in the aerospace industry in Turkey,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2023.