5S

Workplace Standardization

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