Simply put, 5S means the workplace is clean, there is a place for everything and everything is in its place. The 5S will create a work place that is suitable for and will stimulate high quality and high productivity work. Additionally, it will make the workplace a more comfortable and safer place.
Developed in Japan, this method assumes no effective and quality job can be done without clean and safe environment and without behavioral rules.
The 5S allow you to set up a well-adapted and functional work environment, ruled by simple yet effective rules. 5S deployment is done in a logical and progressive way. The first three S’s are workplace actions, while the last two are sustaining and progress actions.
It is recommended to start implementing 5S in a well-chosen pilot workspace or pilot process and spread to the others step by step:
- 5S means the workplace is clean, there is a place for everything and everything is in its place.
- 5S is the starting point for implementing improvements to a process.
- To ensure your gains are sustainable, you must start with a firm foundation.
- Its strength is contingent upon the employees and company being committee.
5S usually begins with a great initial cleaning, where sorting out the items is a highlight. For each item, it must be stated if it is useful, useless or undetermined. For some items, the statement may be touchy, as nobody seems to know if they are really useful or not, and what is their frequency of use.