Integrating Safety Into Production Planning and Control Process: An Exploratory Study

Tarcisio Abreu Saurin1, Carlos Torres Formoso2 & Lia Buarque de Macedo Guimaraes3

1Ph.D. candidate at LOPP/UFRGS (Products and Processes Optimization Laboratory / Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul). E-mail: Praça Argentina, nº 9 - sala 402. CEP 90040-020. Porto Alegre - RS, Brasil.
2Ph.D., Associate Professor at NORIE/UFRGS (Building Innovation Research Group). E-mail:
3Ph.D., C.P.E. Associate Professor at LOPP/UFRGS. E-mail:


This paper presents partial results of an ongoing research project that aims to develop a safety planning and control (SPC) model, integrated to the production planning and control process. A pilot study aiming to evaluate the feasibility of the integration was carried out at the site of a small sized building company. Safety planning was introduced in an existing planning and control cycle. One of the main conclusions of the study is that some lean production concepts and methods that have been used for production planning and control (such as the Last Planner Method, for instance) can be easily extended to safety planning. For instance, a performance indicator named PSW (Percentage of Safe Work Packages), similar to PPC, is potentially effective for safety control. Based on the overall analysis of the case study, some guidelines for further improvements in the SPC model are proposed.


Safety, production management, planning and control, macroergonomics.



Saurin, T.A. , Formoso, C.T. & Guimaraes, L.B.D.M. 2001, 'Integrating Safety Into Production Planning and Control Process: An Exploratory Study' In:, Ballard, G. & Chua, D., 9th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Singapore, Singapore, 6-8 Aug 2001.

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