The 6S system, or methodology, is a variation of 5S where there is a sixth 'S' for safety. 5S is a fundamental, systematic approach for productivity, quality, and safety improvement in all types of business. The 5S program focuses on having visual order, organization, cleanliness, and standardization. The results you can expect from a 5S program are improved profitability, efficiency, service, and safety.
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The 6S System
The 5S system is designed to improve productivity through organization, identification, maintenance and sustainability. Its end goal is to increase productivity, increasing a company's profits while improving employee morale.
The 5S system is not a series of steps that are carried out once, but rather a continuous improvement process. Some organizations add a sixth S, often for safety.
Remove unnecessary items from the work area. Attach removal tags to infrequently used items.
SET IN ORDER
Customize the work area to improve efficiency. Keep important materials nearby. Implement visual organization to streamline workflow and improve efficiency.
Clean the work area, equipment, and tools. Find and eliminate sources of contamination.
Create a standardized and consistent 5S workflow. Assign tasks and create schedules so that everyone knows their responsibilities.
Ensure that 5S is a long-term, company-wide goal. Analyze results, hold team meetings and train workers on the importance of 5S.
A clean, well-organized and visual workplace is a safer workplace. Install signs and labels to make potential hazards clear to workers.