About 5S

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One of the methods of determining an organisations approach to its business is to evaluate its workplace organisation capability & visual management standards.

5S engages people through the use of 'Standards' and ‘Discipline'.

It is not just about housekeeping, but concentrating on maintaining the standards & discipline to manage the organisation - all achieved by upholding & showing respect for the Gemba [workplace] every day.

 

The 5 Steps are as follows:

  • Sort: Sort out & separate that which is needed & not needed in the area.
  • Straighten: Arrange items that are needed so that they are ready & easy to use. Clearly identify locations for all items so that anyone can find them & return them once the task is completed.
  • Shine: Clean the workplace & equipment on a regular basis in order to maintain standards & identify defects.
  • Standardise: Revisit the first three of the 5S on a frequent basis and confirm the condition of the Gemba using standard procedures.
  • Sustain: Keep to the rules to maintain the standard & continue to improve every day.

Benefits of 5S workplace organisation

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5S relates to workplace organisation and forms a solid foundation upon which many organisations base their drive for continuous improvement. It is equally applicable & successful in all sectors helping to achieve high impact results.

It is a systematic and methodical approach allowing teams to organise their workplace in the safest and most efficient manner.

The discipline to check & repair equipment is included & adopted. The entire process is managed through the use of team generated audit documents, completed on an agreed frequency by responsible owners within the Gemba.

 

Summary

  • Improved safety
  • 5S becomes a fundamental business measure & key driver for Kaizen
  • Forms a solid foundation upon which to build continuous improvement
  • Employees gain a sense of ownership, involvement & responsibility
  • Reduction in waste – as defined by Ohno’s seven forms of waste
  • Improved performance in productivity, quality & morale leads to increased profitability

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