The 5S System
BY GRAPHIC PRODUCTS EDITORIAL STAFF
The 5S System, or method, is a systematic approach to productivity, quality, and efficiency in all types of business. This 5S program focuses on elements of visual order, organization, cleanliness, and standardization. Additionally, a bonus sixth step is often added to the system: Safety. A clean, well-organized workplace is a safer one.
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The 5S 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.
1) SORT | SEIRI
Remove unnecessary items from the work area. Attach removal tags to infrequently used items.
2) SET IN ORDER | SEITON
Customize the work area to improve efficiency. Keep important materials nearby. Implement visual organization to streamline workflow and reduce waste.
3) SHINE | SIESO
Clean the work area, equipment, and tools. Find and eliminate sources of contamination.
4) STANDARDIZE | SEIKETSU
Create a standardized and consistent 5S workflow. Assign tasks and create schedules so that everyone knows their responsibilities.
5) SUSTAIN | SHITSUKE
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.