What is a Process Checklist?
A process checklist is a process that include a step-by-step mandatory method application. These processes are usually paper sheets, books, or memorized lists that workers must validate while executing their operations.
The checklists are executed by field operators, and, frequently include a specific workflow per process. It aims to validate if the worker has executed the process and if the worker followed the necessary steps, needed to ensure the process quality, timings, and safety.
How is a Process Checklist implemented?
Usually these checklists are located in paper sheets, books, or just memorized during training sessions. They are usually located away from the specific workplace.
There are 5 different types of checklists that are applied in different industrial processes, and situations:
- Task standard procedures: A step-by-step list, for standard procedures.
- Troubleshooting list: Aims to a specific outcome in small time situations.
- Coordination: List for works in which different teams are included.
- Discipline: List to follow in order to have unbiased decisions.
- To-do: One-off list for a process that needs a fast action, that is not repeated.
Independently from the applied method, the purpose of a checklist is to reduce error by providing humans with a support tool to guide them through execution. By providing the same checklist to a whole team, consistency patterns are also improved.
How Industry 4.0 can influence the process?
Less execution error