Red Tag procedures
Step 1: Select members from various teams
- Select a high level manager to participate as a team member
Step 2: Identify Red Tag targets
- Inventory, equipment, supplies, tooling, space
- Office areas are not exempt from red tagging
Step 3: Define Red Tag criteria
- Determine what criteria will be used to distinguish a needed item from an unneeded item
- Example: Save only the items needed to conduct daily business in the area
Step 4: Explain red tag criteria to teams
- Ensure a good cross-section of people tagging items to prevent “I might need that”
- Red-tag work area as rapidly as possible
Step 5: Evaluate red tag items
- Review material which has been red tagged
- Dispose of truly unnecessary inventory, equipment and other items
- Teams may retain material which has been red tagged if they can show proper justification
- Discard any material which is still tagged after a pre-determined time
- All red tags must be completed and returned to red tag coordinator
Red Tagging Helpful Hints
- Record information about all tags used on a Red-Tag Log so that dispositioned items can be tracked easily.
- Make sure everybody understands what is to be red tagged and why.
- Discourage people from being defensive. Be fair – all areas get tagged!
- Don’t red tag people.
- Don’t compromise; IF IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT!
- Necessary items can be tagged if improvements are known or suggested.
- Do not put multiple tags on any one object.
- Make reasonable allowances for decorative items such as family pictures, plants.
- Disposition all red tags