Quality Improvement Tools – 5S

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5 S

What are 5 S?

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 CEnglish EquivalentExplanation
SeiriClear outSort (Tidiness)Throw away all unrelated materials in the workplace
SeitonConfigureSet in Order (Orderliness)Set everything in proper place
SeisoClean / checkShine (Cleanliness)Clean the workplace
SeiketsuConformityStandardize (Standardization)Standardize the way of maintaining cleanliness
ShitsukeCustom and practiceSustain (Discipline)Practice ‘Five S’ daily


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


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