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What are 5 S?


5S is a workplace improvement tool. It was invented in Japan.
It stands for five (5) Japanese words that start with the letter 'S':
Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, and Shitsuke.

5 S 5 CEnglish EquivalentExplanation
SeiriClear outSort (Tidiness)Throw away all unrelated materials in the workplace
SeitonConfigureSet in Order (Orderliness)Set everything in proper place
SeisoClean / checkShine (Cleanliness)Clean the workplace
SeiketsuConformityStandardize (Standardization)Standardize the way of maintaining cleanliness
ShitsukeCustom and practiceSustain (Discipline)Practice 'Five S' daily

Advantages:

  • Increases profit
    • Improves efficiency
    • Eliminate wasted steps
    • Involves workers in improvement
    • Reduces costs
    • Reduces breakdowns and accidents



YouTube Video

5 S Workplace Organization

Presentation

http://www.qualitygurus.com/courses/mod/lesson/view.php?id=470(external link)

References

http://www.qualitygurus.com/courses/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=2885

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