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5S consultancy

5S consultancy

WHAT is 5S?

5S is an abbreviation from the Japanese words Sort (Seiri), Set-in-order (Seiton), Shine (Seiso), Standardize (Seiketsu) and Sustain (Shitsuke). They are simple but effective methods to organize any workplace as one can see from the English translations, i.e., housekeeping, workplace organization, cleanup, keep clean and discipline.


Each is defined as follows:
  • Seiri - Housekeeping - Separate the needed items from unneeded items. Keep only what is immediately necessary at the work spot.
  • Seiton - Workplace Organization -Organize the workplace so that needed items can be easily and quickly accessed. A place for everything and everything in its place
  • Seiso - Cleanup - Sweeping, washing, and cleaning everything around working area immediatelye.
  • Seiketsu - Cleanliness - Keep everything clean for a constant state of readiness
  • Shitsuke - Discipline - Everyone understands, obeys, and practices the rules when in the plant