Poka Yoke (Error Proofing) the Workplace

Not only is this a fun term to say (poka-yoke, poka yoke), it’s an interesting design process concept developed, or at least articulated, in the 60s as part of Toyota-led manufacturing revolution to find ways to error-proof designs to avoid injuries and delays. Good examples are elevator doors that stop closing when a built-in sensor detects motion and washing machines or microwaves that will not operate if the door not properly closed.

Allsteel is applying this concept to space planning, using the way furniture is configured to ensure safe distancing. Click here to access an Allsteel article about using furniture to create boundaries and preserve circulation.