Organizing Your Lab with Lean 6 Sigma Principles

Category: Laboratories

Course Summary

This online course explains the use of Lean 6S principles in organizing the physical workplace for efficiency. The course shows how to eliminate the four types of waste: mistakes & reworks, excess inventory, unnecessary transporting and unnecessary motion. To accomplish this, the six sequential steps of Lean 6S are explained in detail and illustrated with photographs as well as graphics. Examples of Lean 6S initiatives at the State Hygienic Laboratory in Iowa reinforce the results that can be accomplished by employing these principles. Additionally, the course includes several interactive sections to engage the user. This course provides a solid basis for anyone who is considering the use of Lean 6S principles in the workplace.

Intended Audience

Laboratory staff at all levels, from those in ancillary services to laboratory directors

Learning Objectives

After completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • • Identify 6S as a form of LEAN management. 
  • • Identify the steps/sequence of the 6S Process. 
  • • Recognize and discuss the four forms of waste addressed by 6S principles.
  • • Discuss the nature and importance of the planning process.
  • • State the primary purpose of each step in the process. 
  • • Describe key tools or methods used in each step.
  • • Identify benefits achieved through the 6S process.

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No Pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Policy Development/Program Planning Skills, Financial Planning and Management Skills

CEUs Offered





Online Self-Pace


1 hour

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Lorelei Kurimski, MS

Technical requirements

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements

Register a free account

Creation and/or update

January 6, 2015