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5S is the name of a workplace organization method that uses a list of

five Japanese words: seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, and shitsuke. The list
describes how to organize a work space for efficiency and effectiveness
by identifying and storing the items used, maintaining the area and
items, and sustaining the new order


1. Seiri
2. Seiton
3. Seiso
4. Seiketsu
5. Shitsuke
Applications of 5S

5S is now being applied to a wide variety of industries. It has

expanded from manufacturing to health care, education,
government, and many other industires.

Although the origins of the 5S

methodology are in manufacturing,
it can also be applied to
knowledge-economy work, with
information, software, or media in
the place of physical product.
Seiri or Sort

This is the first step in 5S, it refers to the sorting of the clutter from the
other items within the work area that are actually needed.

This stage requires the team to remove all items that clearly do not
belong in the working area and only leave those that are required for
the processes in question.
Tools which Tools which Tools which can
are useless are usable be used in
Seiton or Straighten

This is the process of taking the required items that are remaining
after the removal of clutter and arranging them in an efficient
manner through the use of ergonomic principles and ensuring that
every item has a place and that everything is in its place.
Key benefits of 5s tool

Increased Productivity

According to global research done by various consultancy firms in the US, it

has been found that effective implementation of 5S lean manufacturing
resources improves productivity.

The complete removal of unnecessary items along with efficient workplace

maximization is sufficient to help develop improved productivity with
minimal wastage of time.

Less time spent searching through unnecessary items means more time
spent working.
Improved Safety

A clean workplace environment, especially in a manufacturing unit can result in

significant reduction in the number of injuries sustained by workers.

Most often, unattended chemical spills increases the chances of slips and falls.

Also, the reduction in unnecessary travel through the workspace environment

further minimizes the risk of sustaining injuries by limiting exposure to
hazardous substances elsewhere in the facility.

This in return functions to increase the moral of employees, as reduced

incidents of injuries convey employers concern for worker safety.
Reduction in Waste

Implementing 5S will also yield a fair reduction in lost and damaged items in the

A clear and organized workplace with proper labeling provides workers the
flexibility to replace damaged items in the designated places, thereby minimizing
the total number of misplaced and lost tools and equipment.

Further, the appropriate management of equipment also minimizes damages that

are generally caused to various parts of the products during the production
Worker Commitment

Achieving worker commitment is one of the major goals of implementing 5S

lean manufacturing training.

This is because the workers would be largely responsible for using it on the

5S emphasizes on worker participation by streamlining their work and allowing

them to provide inputs to make productive changes in the overall design of the
workplace and also to carry out its maintenance tasks.

This encourages worker involvement for long-term workplace sustainability

which in turn enhances their commitment towards work.

This improvement also provides ancillary benefits of lower absenteeism in the