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What are the Five Ss? This is a formal approach to cleaning & organising the work place involving 5 processes;

5S was developed in Japan and stands for the Japanese words seiri (tidiness), seiton (orderliness), seiso (cleanliness), seiketsu (standardization), and shitsuke (discipline).

Go through this slide show from CNET on a visit to the McLaren factory.  Check out the related 5 ‘S’s below from this slide show and read more details on the 5 ‘S’s and how they relate to businesses at GraphicsProducts.

 

"Sorting" means to sort through everything in each work area. Keep only what is necessary. Materials, tools, equipment and supplies that are not frequently used should be moved to a separate, common storage area. Items that are not used should be discarded or recycled.

“Sorting” means to sort through everything in each work area. Keep only what is necessary. Materials, tools, equipment and supplies that are not frequently used should be moved to a separate, common storage area. Items that are not used should be discarded or recycled.

 

This is the second step in a 5S program: organize, arrange, and identify everything in a work area, as well as throughout the facility, so that items can be efficiently and effectively retrieved and returned to their proper storage location.

This is the second step in a 5S program: organize, arrange, and identify everything in a work area, as well as throughout the facility, so that items can be efficiently and effectively retrieved and returned to their proper storage location.

 

Once you have everything, from each individual work area through your entire facility, sorted (clutter and debris cleaned up), and organized, it’s important to keep it that way. This requires regular cleaning, or to go along with the theme of having five words that start with the letter S, "shining" things up.

Once you have everything, from each individual work area through your entire facility, sorted (clutter and debris cleaned up), and organized, it’s important to keep it that way. This requires regular cleaning, or to go along with the theme of having five words that start with the letter S, “shining” things up.

 

The 5S practices developed in steps one through three should be standardized and made easy to accomplish. Develop a work structure, and written standards, that will support the new practices and turn them into habits. Every workplace is different, and it is likely that the 5S practices initially implemented can be improved. As you gain more experience with 5S in your workplace, update and modify your 5S standards to make each process simpler and easier.

The 5S practices developed in steps one through three should be standardized and made easy to accomplish. Develop a work structure, and written standards, that will support the new practices and turn them into habits. Every workplace is different, and it is likely that the 5S practices initially implemented can be improved. As you gain more experience with 5S in your workplace, update and modify your 5S standards to make each process simpler and easier.

 

If we were not looking for a word that started with the letter "S" this final step might have been called commitment. It is on on-going commitment to the standards created in the 4th S. It is a commitment to actively do all parts of 5S, not just the first two or three. It is a commitment to not sit back, rest and think the job is done, but instead to change habits and create a new standard of work place cleanliness and organization.

If we were not looking for a word that started with the letter “S” this final step might have been called commitment. It is on on-going commitment to the standards created in the 4th S. It is a commitment to actively do all parts of 5S, not just the first two or three. It is a commitment to not sit back, rest and think the job is done, but instead to change habits and create a new standard of work place cleanliness and organization.