5S INTRODUCTION

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What is 5S?

The 5S stands for Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu and Shitsuke. These are Japanese words that mean Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardise and Sustain. The use of the 5S produces systematic work style. Starting with 5S activities and then, with the use of methods and techniques of quality control, an organization will be able to maintain, improve and enhance the quality of work.

SORT (SEIRI)

Any work area should only have the items needed to perform the work in the area. All other items should be cleared (sorted out) from the work area.

SET IN ORDER (SEITON)

Organise and store neatly, easily retrieved and restored in-place.

SHINE (SEISO)

Clean the workplace and equipment on a regular basis in order to maintain standards and identify defects.

STANDARDISE (SEIKETSU)

The process of ensuring that what we have done within the first three stages of 5S becomes standardized; that is we ensure that we have common standards and ways of working.

SUSTAIN (SHITSUKE)

Disciplined and understand the guidelines and standards that have been determined to create a quality culture in the workplace.