5S is a common basic tool for continuous improvement to reduce wastes such as defects, excess inventory, motion, transportation, and even incident. 5S is a culture to sustain those activities. It is not just about housekeeping, but concentrating on maintaining the standards & discipline to manage the organization …. all achieved by upholding & showing respect for the Genba [workplace] every day
5S consist of 5 phases where each phase is named after a different Japanese term beginning with the letter “S”; (Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, Shitsuke).
To implement 5S, just use the following steps :
Seiri – Sort: Sort out & separate that which is needed and not needed in the area. Keep near you only what you regularly use.
Seiton – Set in Order : Arrange items that are needed so that they are ready and easy to use. Clearly identify locations for all items so that anyone can find them & return them once the task is completed.
Seiso – Shine: Clean the workplace & equipment on a regular basis in order to maintain standards and identify defects. Have your workplace and equipment ready for immediate use.
Seiketsu – Standardize: Revisit the first three of the 5S on a frequent basis and confirm the condition of the Genba using standard procedures.
Shitsuke – Sustain: Keep to the rules to maintain the standard & continue to improve every day.
Let’s apply 5S in our workplace and get the benefit of it! Cheers…