The 5S framework provides a robust foundation for implementing Lean projects and process improvements. Because 5S standards are clear, visible, and consistent, they assist employees in understanding their responsibility to meet workplace standards.
Some Benefits: #
- Increased effectiveness, quality, and safety
- Standardization of work
- Visual workplace management
- Increased employee morale
What are the 5S Steps? #
5S is an abbreviation for five Japanese words: Seiri, Seiton, Seisou, Seiketsu, and Shitsuke. 5S, like many other continuous improvement methods, is a simple framework that can be very effective when deployed on the production floor, in the office, or in any different process you have. When you think about it, everything is a process, even making a sandwich or filling your dog’s bowl. It proceeds in the following five steps:
- Sort: Remove anything that isn’t required.
- Straighten: Organize what is left over after sorting.
- Shine: Clean and check your work environment.
- Standardize: Create 5S standards and SOPS.
- Sustain: Follow the 5S guidelines regularly.