5S is the name of a workplace
organization method that uses a list of five
Japanese words: seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, and
shitsuke. Transliterated or translated into English,
they all start with the letter "S". The list describes
how to organize a work space for efficiency and
effectiveness by identifying and storing the items
used, maintaining the area and items, and
sustaining the new order. The decision-making
process usually comes from a dialogue about
standardization, which builds understanding among
employees of how they should do the work.
The Five Pillars of 5S (Original Japanese Terms in
Sort (Seiri) – Eliminate all the things in the workspace that are not being
used, and store them away or discard.
Set in Order (Seiton) – Arrange the items used on a daily basis so that they
can be easily accessed and quickly stored.
Shine (Seiso) – Everything is cleaned and functioning properly.
Standardize (Seiketsu) – Develop a routine for sorting, setting, and shining.
Sustain (Shitsuke) – Create a culture that follows the steps on a daily basis.
• SEIRI (ORGANISING)
• Decide what you need.
• Remove unnecessary clutter.
• All tools, gauges, materials, classified and then
• Remove items which are broken, unusable or
only occasionally used.
• SEITON (ORDERLINESS)
• Once you have eliminated all the unneeded items, Now
turn to the left over items and arrange them in order.
• Designated locations
• Ensure everything is available as it is needed and at the
“point of use”
• Positions of aisles and storage places clearly marked.
• Tools classified and stored by frequency of use.
• Pallets stacked correctly.
• Safety equipment should be easily accessible.
• Floors should be in good condition
Standardized cleaning-point at a 5S organized
• SEISO (CLEANINESS/SHINE)
• Create a spotless workplace
• Identify and eliminate causes of dirt and grime –
remove the need to clean
• Sweep, dust, polish and paint
• Divide areas into zones
• Define responsibilities for cleaning
• Tools and equipment must be owned by an
• Focus on removing the need to clean
• SEIKETSU (STANDARDISATION)
• Develop procedures, schedules, practices
• Continue to assess the use and disposal of
• Regularly audit using checklists and measures
• Real challenge is to keep it clean
• SHITSUKE (SUSTAIN / DISCIPLINE)
• Make it a way of life
• Part of health and safety
• Involve the whole workforce
• Develop and keep good habits
KEY POINTS FOR ADOPTING 5S IN OUR PLACE
• Sign marking for all equipment like pallet lift,
pallets, ladder etc.
• Marked Space for water cans.
• Marked Space for lunch.
• Racks for spares storage.
• Rack for DOP’S.
• Box (loose) should be closed and taped after
• Items are easy to locate.
• A clean and tidy workplace leads to greater well
being and increased motivation.
• Company image improves.
• Health and Safety is ensured.
• Well maintained equipment.
• Productivity increases.
• Accidents & mistakes minimized
• Increases space
• Creates workplace ownership