Lean Design in Forensic Facilities

The National Institute of Justice and Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently released a publication that provides guidelines for utilizing the Lean Facility Design process when planning, designing, constructing, and relocating forensic science facilities.

 

As the publication explains, "Lean Design is a powerful way of aligning employee satisfaction, process efficiency, and product quality with customer satisfaction. It does so by focusing on the systematic identification and elimination of unnecessary and nonvalue-added actives involved in producing a product or delivering a service to clients."

While this process has become increasingly popular and successful in the development of health care research and quality management laboratories, "it has not yet been applied to the planning and construction of forensic facilities."

In the report, "Development of a Lean Facility Design Roadmap for Design-Bid-Build Forensic Facilities," the NIJ and FTCOE lays out a Lean Design roadmap intended to supplement the guidance in the NIST White Book — and "serves as a stand-alone document for crime laboratories interested in building new forensic facilities, or remodeling existing ones, using Lean concepts and principles to improve process efficiency, staff productivity and morale, and the quality of the delivered product and service."

You can download a copy of the report here.

 
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