18 Nov 2021

Keeping workspaces clean is vital to your business for many reasons beyond regulatory compliance. For example, a clean workspace enhances productivity, reduces the risk of mistake or injury, and makes daily work easier and more pleasant for employees.

5S Workplace Organization is the best way to do that. 5S principles were developed out of the Toyota Production System or, as it’s commonly called in North America, Lean methodology. Lean is a production method focused on reducing production time and increasing efficiency. 5S is one of the strategies organizations use to become leaner

5S offers a host of benefits when it comes to increasing safety in your business. Quest Safety has partnered with Accuform, a leader in workplace signage and 5S Workplace Organization, to make it easy for organizations to implement 5S and bolster employee safety.

What Is 5S?

5S Workplace Organization is a strategy for keeping everything in its proper place, so the workplace stays clean and organized, making it easier for employees to do their jobs without wasting time searching for items or even risking injury because an item was in the wrong area. The principles of 5S were made popular with Toyota’s Production System but have expanded well beyond automotive production lines. Manufacturing facilities of all sizes, warehouses, pharmaceutical companies, and food production plants are just some of the examples of industries that use 5S.

5S is named for the five steps used to organize each area

Sort

Go through all tools, furniture, materials, equipment, etc., to determine what should be placed in the space or removed. The best people to assess this are those who work in that space, so make sure worker input is a top consideration.

Products include:

                                                                               

Red Tags By-The-Roll                                                                  Red Tag Area Signs

Set in Order

Now that you’ve removed clutter, the workers in that area should choose the best strategy for sorting through the remaining items. Which people use which items and when? Can you group any by similarities? Where is the most logical place to keep each grouping? Do you need any storage containers, labels, or other supplies?

Products include: 

                                               

    Store-Boards™                                          Store-Drawers™                                     Station Boards

Shine

In this step, you clean the work area until it’s sparkling — sweep, dust, mop, wipe down surfaces, organize tools and make sure everything is in its proper place.

Products include:

                                                           

Clean & Sweep Store-Boards™                                    Wet Zone Store-Boards™

Standardize

Standardization turns what could easily be a one-time effort into a routine. Assign regular tasks, create schedules, and communicate clear instructions and expectations so 5S becomes the routine. For example, consider posting a daily checklist or chart. 

Products include:      

                                     

                      Site-Boards™                                         5S Posters

Sustain

To keep 5S running smoothly, focus on making it a long-term program and part of the culture. Everyone should participate, including employees at the very top. Set up a program to train new employees or those who move departments.

Products include:

                                                      

           Digi-Day® 3 Scoreboards                                                        5S Banners

Why Is 5S So Important?

5S is fundamental to Lean principles because consistent efficiency and safety are difficult to achieve in a cluttered, messy, or unclean workplace. Cleanliness and organization enable organized and safe work, helping you avoid slowdowns and accidents.

5S Offers:

  • A safer work environment
  • Lowered costs
  • Higher employee satisfaction
  • Higher quality and productivity

Adopting 5S Is Easier Than You Think with Accuform

Visual communication tools like labels, floor markings, and shadow boards can make working in an area simpler, safer, and more organized. A workplace that uses visual management in this way is often called a Visual Workplace.

Accuform offers all the most common visual tools used in 5S. Download the Accuform 5S Catalog or view their 5S how-to guide. In addition, Accuform’s Trending Topics and White Paper sections contain a wealth of information about various safety topics. 

Quest and Accuform can help you find the right 5S products or perform site surveys to increase your workplace safety. We can also schedule Accuform to bring their 5S Van to your location to demonstrate workplace organization in a safe and organized environment. If your company is interested, Accuform’s mobile trade show arrives with full-sized product samples, educational resources, stock and custom solutions, material samples, SWAG, and 5S experts to run the event. All you need is an equivalent space the length of 4-5 parking spaces.

Contact Quest Today to Implement or Strengthen Your 5S Program

Businesses thrive when they keep their workspaces orderly and organized with standardized procedures to boost safety and productivity. 5S Workplace Organization can be applied to any workplace and is usually inexpensive to implement. In the long run, it makes processes run more smoothly and reduces the risk of accidents.

No matter your needs, Quest can help you find an Accuform product to help your business promote safety and efficiency through 5S. Contact your territory manager or Quest’s Customer Service team today to learn more.

11 Nov 2021

Quest Safety Products has entered its 25th year in business. A lot has changed in the last 25 years, from the size and location of our office to the style of our work. To celebrate our history and show our customers a little more about who we are, we asked long-time employees to share their thoughts on the company’s evolution. Read on to learn more about our journey over the past quarter-century.

Quest Celebrates 25 Years

Quest Environmental & Safety Products, Inc. was started in 1997 to focus specifically on the environmental abatement market, committed to keeping workers safe in this dangerous industry.

As a small business with a small number of employees, we focused all of our resources on our passion for keeping workers safe. One employee remarked that “we were still using handwritten inventory tags back then.” Since then, the business has grown not only in size but also in sophistication.

“I am very proud of the Quest Team! I get to come to work with people I enjoy being with, sharing a culture that is committed to the safety of our customers, giving back to the community, and growing professionally,” said Sam Yadav, President of Quest Safety Products. “We have weathered the challenges, celebrated our successes, and have been there for each other during the tough times – that is a description of a family. So many of our team members and customers have been with us for most of the 25 years together – thank you!”

How We’ve Changed

As Quest has grown, a close-knit team of veteran employees has stayed with us while new employees have joined to strengthen our team with fresh expertise. This has created a collaborative environment of innovation and individual empowerment among both long-time and new employees.

“This is my second stint with Quest, and the youth infusion and new ideas have been a breath of fresh air,” said a seasoned sales rep.

“One of the biggest areas of growth I’ve seen at Quest has been ownership empowering employees to make business decisions that have impact on the company today and tomorrow,” said a veteran employee. “I’ve had increased responsibilities and opportunities to enhance my professional skill sets throughout my career at Quest,” added another.

Quest has evolved several times with many upgrades to our product mix, facilities, infrastructure, and business model. Along with those changes have come exciting achievements.

“One of my favorite memories from working at Quest has been seeing us become a major player in the pharmaceutical safety market,” said a long-time employee. “When we were awarded a contract we worked hard for, I knew there wasn’t anything we couldn’t do as a company if we worked together.”

Over the years, Quest added a safety division to the business. While our commitment to the abatement industry never lessened, we saw that our sole purpose was to partner with companies to help protect their workers every day, regardless of the environment. That purpose became the company’s motto and our overriding goal.

2017 was a very busy year for us. We merged the two divisions, renamed the company Quest Safety Products, Inc., moved to downtown Indianapolis, and became HUBZone certified. 

“Our evolution from our Fishers, IN, location to our beautiful new facility in Indianapolis, IN, and our incredible growth spurt in recent years has been amazing to see,” said another employee.

Some things, however, did not change.

“While Quest has doubled in the number of employees and amount of revenue, it’s still the same family-owned business it was when I began — just in a bigger building with more employees,” one company veteran added.

How We’ve Stayed the Same

Quest’s commitment to our original passion and values hasn’t wavered over the past 25 years.

“While the organizational growth has been a pleasure to be a part of and watch over the years, our mission has remained consistent: to protect workers in any environment,” said one seasoned employee.

“Over the years, our values haven’t changed much — we’ve always believed in equality and inclusivity,” added another.

“The most rewarding part of my work is knowing the products, services, and solutions we provide directly impact the safety of people and businesses,” remarked another company veteran. “Becoming part of a customer’s business and knowing we’re helping them achieve their goals is very motivating.”

25 Years of Special Memories

Several employees remarked that their favorite memories and the most rewarding aspect of work at Quest had been the friendships created over the years. Whether celebrating new milestones and holidays or attending conferences, the Quest family has not only grown, but grown closer. Here are a few of our employees’ favorite or surprising memories:

“I met my husband of 10 years through Quest!” 

“I remember the start. And watching us grow and how it has happened has created several great memories for me.”

“I was not expecting to be in the safety products industry for over ten years, but I’ve enjoyed learning and playing a key role in the safety of the United States workforce.”

“Our evolution from our Fishers location to our beautiful new facility and our incredible growth spurt in recent years has been amazing to see.”

To Another 25 Years of Partnering with You to Protect Your Workers in Any EnvironmentWe’re looking forward to serving you for 25 more years. At Quest Safety Products, we are always up-to-date with the latest requirements so we can provide you with safety equipment that suits your unique needs. To help you keep your workers safe, Quest offers a full range of safety equipment from all the major manufacturers. If you are looking for assistance with safety for any industry, Quest can help — contact us today.