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What is 5S?

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What is 5S ?

If your company is like most organizations today, you’re searching for a competitive edge: something that will reduce costs, increase sales, and make you more agile in a changing business environment.

Well, you’ve found it.

Simply put, 5S is a systematic approach to workplace organization. But, it’s also much more than that. 5S is about efficiency, competitiveness and survival. It is a deceptively simple system that creates an organized and productive workplace.

But it’s not just about cleaning up and eliminating toolboxes. 5S creates a workplace environment that can adapt and succeed in these turbulent times. Chaos and unproductivity are your enemies; organization and efficiency are your allies.

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If implemented correctly and followed diligently, 5S will lead to:

  • Lower costs
  • Better quality
  • Improved safety
  • Increased productivity
  • Higher employee satisfaction
 

The Five Pillars of 5S (Original Japanese Terms in Parentheses)

  • Sort (Seiri) – Eliminate all the things in the workspace that are not being used, and store them away or discard.
  • Set in Order (Seiton) – Arrange the items used on a daily basis so that they can be easily accessed and quickly stored.
  • Shine (Seiso) – Everything is cleaned and functioning properly.
  • Standardize (Seiketsu) – Develop a routine for sorting, setting, and shining.
  • Sustain (Shitsuke) – Create a culture that follows the steps on a daily basis.

5S is a system, a philosophy, and a culture. The true power of 5S reveals itself when your whole organization embraces its ideals and your employees see that your business is transforming itself.

Need a few ideas on getting a good 5S Program off the ground?

Try our 5S Version 2 Solution Package, add in the 5S Into Action DVD or 5S Garage DVD to give people an audio/visual description and background on 5S and make sure to get plenty of 5S Red Tags or 5S Adhesive Red Tags (pick one style, or both, depending on your environment) to aid in cleaning (shine) and organizing (sorting) your workplace.

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