5S for Workplace Improvement

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5S is a workplace improvement tool. It was invented in Japan.
It stands for five (5) Japanese words that start with the letter ‘S’: Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, and Shitsuke.

5 S 5 C English Equivalent Explanation
Seiri Clear out Sort (Tidiness) Throw away all unrelated materials in the workplace
Seiton Configure Set in Order (Orderliness) Set everything in the proper place
Seiso Clean/check Shine (Cleanliness) Clean the workplace
Seiketsu Conformity Standardize (Standardization) Standardize the way of maintaining cleanliness
Shitsuke Custom and practice Sustain (Discipline) Practice ‘Five S’ daily

Benefits of 5S:

  • Increases profit
  • Improves efficiency
  • Eliminate wasted steps
  • Involves workers in improvement
  • Reduces costs
  • Reduces breakdowns and accidents