Environmental Sampling and Reporting goes Lean
Crossposted from Lean In King County
Completing environmental reporting for the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill is a complex process. With complicated record keeping, a long distance from sampling location to laboratory, and equipment and software challenges, the group responsible for environmental sampling and reporting knew there had to be a better way.
The first improvement they made involved transportation. On a normal day, the group would collect their samples at Cedar Hills and then send two trucks to the lab so the samples could be tested. The team realized if they consolidated the samples only one truck would have to make the 90-minute drive to the lab. Measurement of this initiative shows this effort works 97 percent of the time, saving 90 minutes of staff time each day the group samples at Cedar Hills. Though this improvement project only addressed Cedar Hills, the staff will consider applying their methods at other locations.