A 5S program is usually a part of, and the key component of establishing a Visual Workplace. and are both a part of Kaizen - a system of continual improvement - which is a component of
The 5S program is focusing on the establishment of visual order, organization, cleanliness and standardization. By introducing 5S the company can achieve improved profitability, efficiency, service and safety for the employees.
The 5 principles all appear to be simple and based on common sense, and can relatively easy be implemented in almost all businesses.
The 5S principles are listed below:
The first step in making things cleaned up and organized
Set In Order
Organize, identify and arrange everything in a work area
Regular cleaning and maintenance
Make it easy to maintain - simplify and standardize
Maintaining what has been accomplished
The implementation of 5S in the workplace will potentially have the following advantages:
Reduction of Inventory
Less time used for searching e.g. spare parts and tools
Reduction of accidents
Improve working conditions
Reduction of production standstill