5S is a process to ensure that your work areas are systematically kept clean, organized, and safe. 5S is an improvement process that ensures that everything is in its place and there is a place for everything. The process is implemented in 5 steps:
Sort – clearly distinguish needed items from unneeded items and eliminate the latter.
Set in Order – keep needed items in the correct place to allow for easy and immediate retrieval
Shine – keep the work areas swept and clean
Standardize – standardize cleanup (the first 3 S’s)
Sustain – make a habit of maintaining established procedures
Safety – employee safety is an overriding concern for any improvement process