5S represents 5 disciplines to maintain visual at workplace. It is a fundamental activity to improve business. 5S represents systematic approach for productivity, quality and safety improvement in all types of business. It is one of the important approaches in journey of continuous improvement is 5S.
5S program focuses on having visual order, organization, cleanliness and standardization.
5S simplifies and organizes your work environment, reduces waste and non-value activity while improving quality efficiency and safety. And a well organized workplace motivates people.
The program is called 5S, since all steps start with an “S”.
5S uses five Japanese disciplines
- Seiketsu (Standardization)
- Shitsuke (Sustain)
The Five S program focuses on having visual order, organization, cleanliness and standardization. The results you can expect from a Five S program are: improved profitability, efficiency, service and safety.
Methodology and tools for 5s
5S consists of five Japanese words starting with ‘S’
Seiton (Set) .
Seiri: It means sort. Sort out the necessary things for workplace from those of unrelated.
Seiton: It means Orderliness. It means setting every thing in proper order for easy retrieval.
Seiso: It means cleanliness. Everyone should clean the workplace on regular basis.
Seiketsu: It means standardization. Standardize the way of maintaining the cleanliness.
Shitsuke: It means maintain. Maintain the above all four ‘S’. It means commitment.