5s

Introduction

5S is a philosophy, a way of life that one practices all the time every day. It involves everyone in the organisation.

Purpose:

     5S is considered as the Foundation of Improvement Activities and its purpose is to involve the workforce in creating a safe, hygienic, satisfying and pleasant work environment.

The 5S pillars are Sort (Seiri), Set in Order (Seiton), Shine (Seiso), Standardize (Seiketsu), and Sustain (Shitsuke).

Seiri (Sort)

  • Segregate and Red Tag all unwanted,rework-able and obsolete items.
  • Dispose off the unwanted items.
  • Keep the bare essentials and clear of the walkways.
  • Identify abnormal occurrences.
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Seiton (Set in Order) 

  • Mark appropriate location and quantity for each item.
  • Use signboards, labels, colours codes for easy identification.
  • Use index for files, records, drawings etc. to facilitate retrievability.
  • Plan storage and accessibility.

Seiso (Shine) 

  • Clean and inspect defined areas, workplace, machines and other items.
  • Identify abnormal situations like noise, heat, vibration etc.
  • Take remedial action to prevent re-occurrence.

Seiketsu (Standardize)

  • Establish standards.
  • Develop visual controls to expose abnormality.
  • Integrate with daily work management.
  • Prevent deterioration using 5W & 1H strategy.

Shitsuke (Sustain)

  • Create an environent through slogans, posters and other visuals.
  • Set an example, from a habit.
  • Conduct audits to evaluate approach and results.
  • Recognise 5S achievements.

Benefits of the 5S System

The main benefits obtained by most organisations practising 5S are:

  • High degree of involvement of large number of employees across all levels.
  • Creating a culture for continuous improvement.
  • Developing clean, hygienic and safe workplace.
  • Reducing waste of all types.

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