The 5-S refers to a set of Japanese words that describe 'cleaning' or 'tidying up' in the broad sense. The 5-S stands for separating, arranging, cleaning, standardising and systematising.
In the phases Imagining improvements and Securing results.
Obtaining a well-organised, safe and orderly workplace.
- Separate: distinguish between what is necessary and what is superfluous. Broken or damaged items or tools that are barely used can be systematically removed.
- Arrange: systematically store objects and tools so that everyone can find them easily.
- Cleaning: this step is about keeping everything clean but is also about ensuring the functionality of tools and machines. Cleaning procedures can be recorded.
- Standardise: ensure that the workplace remains orderly so that it is productive and comfortable by repeating steps 1 to 3.
- Systematising: training and encouraging people to keep track of appointments and workplace management (including visual monitoring).
- Start with a dedicated team and begin with an easy work area to reduce the transition to complex work areas.
- Try a 30-second test where you have to complete each item within the time
- Start with a 5S training where a director is present to show serious intentions.