The 5S concept - Lean thinking

Updated: May 21, 2020

You want to know more about the 5S? It will be the starting point of your Lean Journey, so check out our video below, and get in touch if you have any questions.


What is 5S:

5S is a visual workplace organization method for improving efficiency and effectiveness by identifying and storing the items used, maintaining the area and items, and sustaining the new order.

5S comes from Japanese words which have been translated as follows:

  • SEIRI as Sort, and tidy the place

  • SEITON as Set in order

  • SEISO as Shine, making the place clean

  • SEIKETSU as Standardizing the good practices

  • SHITSUKE as Sustain good practices and create habits and discipline in keeping the order

5S Benefits:

5S will provide the basis for the following:

  • It makes the problems & wastes stand out (for example a leakage on a clean surface…)

  • It help spotting Abnormalities – like

  • It clears space by removing unnecessary items and trash

  • It improves staff productivity as the process is clearer and they do not have to look for tools

  • It improves quality & safety, as hazards stand out as do non conformities

  • And finally it lays down the foundation for future improvements

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