The 5S process

A very basic, but a significant method for achieving total organization at workplaces

The 5S - Five S (Go S in Japanese) is the methodology created for the purpose of developing and improving total organizations, implemented at workplaces such as factories and offices. If you are familiar with Japanese management practices, you might have heard of this methodology as .it is created in Japan. ‘S’ of the 5S derives from the following Japanese words, that begin with letter ‘S’ ;


What the 5S are

1. Seiri 整理 -  means Sort 

2. Seiton 整頓 -  means Systematize or Being tidy

3. Seisou 清掃 -  means Sweep or Cleaning

4. Seiketsu 清潔 -  means Sanitize or Cleanliness

5. Shitsuke しつけ -  means Self discipline

The 5S process is a simple, but a real powerful method for developing a systematic approach leading to better productivity, quality and safeness at the workplace. It can be said the 5S process is the fundamental to obtain the certificate of ISO 19011 management, and Japanese business consultants often assist companies to trans employees to learn the 5S process at the first step in training, implemented not only in the workplace in Japan, but also those in other countries, especially in Asia.


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