Lean safety leadership

October 2, 2019 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 | conference@ame.org
Student Member Fee: $50
Non-Member Fee: $175
Member Fee: $150


Sauder Woodworking
831 W. Barre Rd.
Archbold, Ohio

Sauder CorporateA common requirement to attain either world-class lean or world-class safety is ongoing engagement of the workforce. Too often, lean has been used as a cost savings methodology by management, and as a result, gaining employee interest and buy-in can be difficult. This workshop suggests a different path to lean success – a safe path. By using some of the common tools in a lean thinker’s tool box and focusing on safety instead of cycle time, you can easily start to build an understanding and acceptance of lean while you improve safety in your facility. Safety compliance (OSHA) is the focal point of most safety programs. Reacting to injuries and near misses is the norm. Yet, an opportunity exists to proactively engage the workforce in a meaningful safety improvement program.


Sauder Woodworking started in 1934 in a barn behind Erie Sauder’s home. The company grew quickly, with Sauder relocating his company to a new, expanded location in Archbold in 1935. In 1951 Sauder created the “knock-down” table. This table was packaged flat in a box, and the consumer easily assembled it at home. This marked the beginning of ready to assemble furniture. Today, Sauder Woodworking is the largest ready to assemble furniture company in the United States. One of Sauder’s major customers is IKEA.


Robert B. Hafey has worked in manufacturing operations and maintenance for 40 years. The first part of his career was with U.S. Steel Corporation followed by 20-plus years at Flexco. For the last 18 years he was directly involved in the definition and implementation of continual improvement. He has been an Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) volunteer for the past 14 years and acquired much of his lean knowledge through this involvement. He has served on AME's National Board, as a regional board president, regional board member and has been a volunteer member of three AME annual conference teams. He is a skilled presenter and keynote who has presented continuous improvement material at AME, SME, PMA, APICS, NIBA, Manufacturing Institute (Manchester, UK), NAEM, Assembly Technology Expo, MRO today, IMTS and Reliable plant sponsored conferences. He firmly believes in the email signature tag line he created, “You can continuously cope or you can continuously improve – the choice is yours!” Some of his hobbies include master wood carver and gourmet cooking for friends and family.


8 – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Introduction
8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Presentation group activities
12 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Presentation group activities
3:30 – 5 p.m. Tour to illustrate what was learned in the class room
5 p.m. Adjourn


• Attendees will fully understand the strong link between lean and safety improvement activities.
• Workshop will engage attendees in activities that will enable them to have a direct impact on employee safety when they return to their facility.
• Attendees will leave with an understanding of ergonomic-related injury risks and how eliminating them can reduce process cycle times.


• Safety team/committee members who want to learn how lean safety tools and techniques can drive safety improvements.
• Senior leaders who want to engage their workforce in meaningful cultural impacting activities.
• Operational and lean professionals who would like to learn how to move their lean efforts forward by focusing on safety.
• Individuals who need to be more engaged in safety and feel disconnected from their companies lean efforts.


You can become an AME member during the registration process for $150 per year and obtain the discounted AME member rate for this event. Your membership will also entitle you to a registration discount for all future AME conferences, seminars, workshops and webinars for one year. Additionally, you will receive a subscription to the award-winning Target magazine and much more.

Payment or purchase order must be received by the AME office five days prior to the event start date. If no payment or PO number is received, you will be asked to pay with a credit card or check at the event before entry.

Cancellation Policy: Enrollment fee less a $100 non-refundable registration charge will be refunded up to one week before the event. Substitutions may be made up to three days prior to the start of the workshop.

Notes: This event may be cancelled by AME for any reason. AME is not responsible for incidental costs incurred by registrants. By registering for this meeting, I hereby acknowledge and agree that AME or its agents may take photographs of me during events and may use those photographs for AME’s purposes, including but not limited to news and promotional purposes, without further compensation to me.