What the heck is 5s ?

The Lean Process

The Lean Process

A key part of adopting a LEAN strategy is the implementation of 5s.

5s refers to the following Japanese words and their meaning in relation to LEAN.

Seiri (Sorting)

In order to minimize confusion and increase efficiency anything not in immediate use should be stored out of the way in designated areas.

Seiton (Straightening)

Every tool should be in its place and in line with the workflow.

Seiso (Cleaning)

The workplace should be cleaned regularly and periodically and everything put back in its place.

Seiketsu (Standardization)

Work practices should be consistent and standadized and everyone must know their duties and responsibilities.

Shitsuke (Maintenance)

Enforce the previous 4s whilst reviewing and modifying them as required.

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