What is 5S?
5S is a Japanese quality management philosophy and workplace organization methodology which gained popularity after being implemented by Toyota. The 5 phases intended to be implemented in sequence are:
- Seiri (Sort) - Eliminate waste and unnecessary resources (tools, equipment, supplies, etc.), determine which resources are needed and not needed, prevent reintroduction of items removed/sorted.
- Seiton (Set in Order) - Arrange resources so they are organized and easy to find. Clearly identify and physically label locations for resources.
- Seiso (Shine) - Keep the workplace clean and tidy. Keep resources well-maintained.
- Seiketsu (Standardize) - Set and use standards for processes. Keep resources standardized. Maintain high standards and implement best practices.
- Shitsuke (Sustain) - Build in processes to keep the 5S system automatically sustaining itself. Maintain the discipline of keeping the 5S system operating.
- A 6th S is often included which refers to Safety.
Learn About 5S
- Does Your Company Standardize With Purpose? January 24, 2017
- Translating the 5S System to Food Safety January 16, 2017
- 5S in a Box November 17, 2016
- 5S Hygiene Management Program October 5, 2016
- How to Create a Culture to Sustain 5S August 24, 2016
- Visual Management & the 5S Program: Improving Workflows June 16, 2016
- Use Housekeeping to Kill 5S May 2, 2016
- Using 5S to Improve Med Device Manufacturers’ Productivity March 14, 2016
- 5S Without Dubious Extras August 18, 2015
- A Guide to the 5S Lean Production Method for Occupational Health and Safety April 24, 2015
- 5S Without 5Y is Just Housekeeping April 15, 2015
- Using a Holistic 5S Approach to Drive Innovation March 13, 2015
- 5S: A 5-Step Approach to Getting Your Office Organized June 16, 2014
- The 3 Elements Needed for a Successful 5S Program March 31, 2014
- Top 10 Signs Top Management Doesn’t Get 5S August 6, 2013
- Make 5S Labels and Signs On Demand – Bonus: What is 6S? June 13, 2012