Safe Work is the Gate to all Work

Safety Arches from

Peak VM

Have you ever come across the quote……?

“Safe Work is ‘the gate’ to all work. Let us pass through this gate.” Eiji Toyoda

Words nearly as old as the Toyota Production System itself, first coined in a 1957 request to all employees by the then Senior Managing Director (Eiji Toyoda). This quote underscores the importance Safety plays in the foundations of an efficient and Lean business Operation.

So, how can we create a safe gate to all work?

Peak VM Health & Safety Archways make the ultimate highly conspicious, visual safety statement, that cannot be ignored. To see the options for Safety Archways click here: Safety Archway Options

Along with creating the ‘Impossible to Ignore Safety Visual’ the Safety Archways also provide a platform to communicate other key Safety information, vital in business:

  • Promote Safety Culture: A very visible commitment to safety at the entrance sets the tone for the entire facility. It demonstrates that safety is a priority for the organisation, encouraging a culture of responsibility and awareness among employees. It places responsibility to the individuals entering the areas of higher risk to act safely and responsibly to ensure the welfare of themselves and others.
  • Awareness & Reminders: Safety Archway signs act as constant reminders of potential hazards and safety protocols specific to the site. This helps create a safety-conscious culture among individuals entering the factory, reducing the likelihood of near-misses, accidents and injuries.
  • Legal Compliance: Displaying safety signs is often a legal requirement. Regulatory bodies and authorities such as the HSE, may require certain safety standards and the display of specific information in workplaces to ensure the well-being of workers and visitors. Compliance with these regulations helps avoid legal issues and penalties. Safety Archways provide the structure and visual platform for these standards and information to be displayed.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements: Information about the necessary personal protective equipment (such as hard hats, safety glasses, ear protection, etc.) can be clearly displayed on entry to higher risk areas using Safety Archways. This helps ensure that individuals entering the factory are aware of and adhere to the required safety gear, ultimately protecting themselves from harm.
  • Emergency Information: In the event of an emergency, having clear and visible safety information displayed at the entrance, using a Safety Arch can guide people on evacuation procedures, assembly points, and other critical information. This aids in a quick and organised response during emergencies.

PEAK Visual Management have supported many world class manufacturing organisations with the design and development of Safety Archways including Rolls Royce, to learn more about this project click here:

We have also recently completed a project for Global Fluid Handling company Celeros FT at their Glasgow Cathcart facility, to learn more about this project click here: FT Safety Arch

If you would like to discuss Safety Archways with us in more detail, please get in touch:

Thank you for reading!

We hope you will continue your Lean journey with us as Peak Visual Management.

How do Tool Shadow Boards help support 5S Workplace Organisation?

How do Tool Shadow Boards help support

5S Workplace Organisation?

PEAK Visual Management recently paid a visit to long standing client Safran Helicopter Engines in Fareham, Surrey. Whilst on site we were able to observe the 5S Visual Management Workplace Organisation solutions we have supplied them in action.

These solutions help Safran to Set, Standardise and Sustain their 5S workplace organisation processes.

5S Tool shadow boards play a crucial role in supporting 5S lean processes by providing a visual and organized way to manage tools and equipment within a workspace. The 5S methodology is a system for organising, standardising, and maintaining a clean, efficient workplace. The five S’s stand for Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain. Tool shadow boards contribute to several of these principles:

Sort (Seiri):

  • Identification of Unnecessary Items: During the implementation of 5S shadow boards and workplace organisation, unnecessary tools or items may be identified, promoting a process of sorting and removing items that are not required for the task at hand.

Set in Order (Seiton):

  • Organisation: Tool shadow boards provide a template and structure for tools in a designated and easily accessible location. Each tool has its designated shadow or outline, making it clear where each tool belongs.
  • Visual Management: The boards use visual cues to indicate where tools should be placed. This ensures that employees can quickly identify missing tools and return them to their proper places.

Shine (Seiso):

  • Clear Workspace: The use of shadow boards encourages employees to keep their workspace clean. With tools set in designated locations and not randomly scattered, it is easier to clean and maintain the area.

Standardise (Seiketsu):

  • Consistency: Shadow boards establish a standardised and consistent location for tools. This consistency reduces the time wasted searching for tools and minimizes the risk of misplaced items.
  • Visual Standards: The use of shadows or outlines on the boards creates a visual standard for tool placement. This helps maintain a uniform and organized appearance throughout the workspace, supporting a workforce able to work effectively across processes.

Sustain (Shitsuke):

  • Employee Accountability: Employees become more accountable in the long term for maintaining the organization when it is visually evident when tools are missing or out of place.

In summary, tool shadow boards such as these supplied to Safran Helicopter Engines help support 5S lean processes by promoting organisation, standardisation, visual management, and sustaining a clean and efficient workspace.

Colour Coding Labels for Cleaning Stations

Colour Coding with Labels for 5S Cleanign Stations

PEAK Visual Management recently went the extra mile to ensure our customer Hitachi Rail’s satisfaction by applying colour coded visual labels to the cleaning tools supplied with their 5S Cleaning Tool Shadow Board. No request is too difficult for our team to handle.

Colour coding labels for cleaning tools stored on 5S Cleaning Station Shadow Boards can significantly enhance visual management and efficiency in several ways:

  1. Easy Identification: With color-coded labels, the team can quickly identify different types of cleaning tools and supplies based on the assigned colour. This reduces the time spent searching for the right tools, leading to increased efficiency.
  2. Reduced Errors: By associating specific colours with specific cleaning tasks or areas, there’s less room for error. Team members are less likely to use the wrong tools or supplies, reducing the risk of mistakes or contamination and improving overall effectiveness.
  3. Enhanced Organization: Colour coding creates a visual hierarchy, making it easier to organize cleaning tools and supplies. Team members can easily distinguish between different categories of items, leading to a more orderly, tidy workspace.
  4. Improved Training and Onboarding: New employees can quickly learn and understand the organization system through colour coding. It simplifies training processes and ensures consistency in tool usage across the team.
  5. Streamlined Workflow: With clearly labelled tools and supplies, workflow processes become more streamlined. Users can access what they need promptly, without unnecessary delays or interruptions, leading to improved productivity.
  6. Standardization: Colour coding promotes standardisation across different workstations or cleaning stations within the organization. This consistency reduces confusion and ensures that employees can adapt quickly when moving between different locations.
  7. Safety: In environments where safety is paramount, colour coding can also be used to identify hazardous materials or equipment, helping to prevent accidents and injuries.

Overall, colour coding labels for cleaning tools improves visual management by providing clear visual cues, enhancing organisation, reducing errors, and streamlining workflow processes. It’s a simple yet effective strategy that can have a significant impact on efficiency and productivity in the management of cleaning equipment and well organised cleaning operations.

We hope you will continue your Lean journey with us as Peak Visual Management.

SQCDP Suprise

SQCDP Suprise

It’s fantastic to hear that the SQCDP Board supplied by PEAK Visual Management has made a positive impact at Teckentrup, helping their teams come together to focus on performance monitoring and improvement. Visual Management tools like SQCDP Boards are invaluable in promoting collaboration, transparency, and a shared focus on key metrics.

The fact that Teckentrup showcases their Visual Management efforts in their reception area is a noteworthy practice. It not only serves as a constant reminder for their employees but also communicates to visitors and clients the importance placed on performance monitoring and continuous improvement.

We hope you will continue your Lean journey with us as Peak Visual Management.

Coming Together with Obeya Visual Management Centres

Obeya VM Centres

Team Work

“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success”

A quote by Henry Ford that highlights the importance of teamwork.


Have you ever wondered how your team works together?

The founders of PEAK Visual Management developed our experience of ‘Stand Up’ meetings during our time working at Toyota Motor Manufacturing. They showed us how this method of operating team meetings and morning briefs kept energy levels high, focus on common goals and objectives and ensured the team stayed motivated.


PEAK Visual Management develop, design, manufacture and supply Obeya Visual Management centres to support operational teams to keep working together.

Why use an Obeya Centre:

  • Create a distraction free hub to manage projects, drive improvements and control performance.
  • Easy to extend and add new sections if the organisation demands change.
  • Remove the need for free wall space and create the Visual Management Centre where you have the space available.
  • Professional service from quote and concept through to delivery and assembly.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – Safety Arches

Factory Entrance Safety Archway

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" - Safety Arches

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”

Benjamin Franklin

At PEAK VM we believe Safety Awareness is an investment in the welfare of the people and culture found within an organisation.

PEAK VM Safety Archways create a difficult to ignore prompt placing key safety messages in the awareness of employees, visitors and contractors’, as they enter an area of higher personal risk. We specify, design, manufacture and supply the safety arches to our clients’ exact needs.

We can integrate key visual management cues, such as: PPE requirements, instructional Safety signs, reminder mirrors and replaceable document storage.

“Safe Work is ‘the gate’ to all work. Let us pass through this gate.”

Eiji Toyoda

Safety Archway Options:

  • 3D Arch, can be placed anywhere on the factory floor away from walls or existing building architecture
  • 2D Arch, also freestanding, but more compact in footprint where floor space might be at a premium.
  • Wall Mounted, We can help our clients to utilise the wall space around entrances to create a powerful visual reminder of safety with well-crafted signs. This is an easy win as the signs are simple to install but transform the uninspiring external wall space around the entrance to produce an important visual cue for safe behaviour and personal protection.
Factory Entrance Safety Archway

If you have an interest in how our Safety Archways might work for you please get in touch!

We are now PEAK VM

We are now

Peak VM

From 2024 VMT will be known as Peak Visual Management.

As VMT we’ve spent the last 15 years partnering with leading UK manufacturers across many sectors to supply only the very best Visual Management Solutions.

To better serve our client relationships we are refining and expanding our offering in expert Visual Management, Performance Coaching and Business Graphics, and refreshing our brand to become Peak Visual Management.

We are still:

  • The same knowledgeable Lean experts providing onsite Account Manager support.

  • The same industry leading Visual Management Designers, providing close professional support with concepts and samples.

  • Visual Management Innovators delivering the most comprehensive range of Visual Management solutions available in the UK and Europe.

  • We hope you will continue your Lean journey with us as Peak Visual Management.