Poka-yoke is a Japanese term that means "fail-safing" or "mistake-proofing." A mistake-proofing device is any mechanism that either prevents a mistake from being made or makes the mistake obvious at a glance. It turns a "don't" warning into a "can't." You can see a mistake-proofing procedure and example on the ASQ website.
In our next free webinar on May 2nd, "Mistake Proofing to Reduce Medical Errors," you can learn from Dr. Grout about this technique for eliminating defects, improving quality, and streamlining work. He will discuss mistake-proofing within the specific context of health care, including lots of examples. Register now!
Almost every work area already has some mistake-proofing, so in preparation for the session, Dr. Grout asks attendees to look for examples of mistake-proofing in your work processes. It does not have to be fancy or high-tech. Often the simplest examples are the best. Once you discover one, share it in our Discussion Forums before the live webinar.
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