«Back to Glossary

5S is a process and method for creating and maintaining an organized, clean and high-performance work environmentthat is just what is needed at the moment. It is the basis for constant improvement, zero error rate, cost reduction a increase work safety.

The abbreviation 5S represents the initial letters of the five key steps of the technique that originated in Japan at Toyota Production System. Specifically, the words: Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain.

Sort (Seiri) - Sorting - Clearly distinguish between necessary and unnecessary items and then remove unnecessary items.
Set in Order - Set up the order - Keep the necessary items in the right place for easy and immediate use.
Shine - Gloss - Keeping the workplace clean and tidy.
Standardize (Seiketsu) - Standardization - Standardized cleaning. It is a condition that we support if we maintain the first three pillars.
Sustain (Shitsuke) - Preservation - Creating a habit of maintaining established procedures.

5S does not require any complex management techniques, it uses common sense for identifying sources of waste and various unnecessary things. The method is part of the methodology Lean a Lean Six Sigma.

«Back to Glossary