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