publication date 28.12.2012

The 5S method helps to improve the workplace quality. It is designed to make it more organized so that both the safety and the performance of the workplace can be enhanced. It originates in Toyota corporation, Japan.

The 5S method si based upon the principle of the minimum effort and is applicable in 5 steps.

  1. S - Seiry - only things essential for the performance of work to be left at the workplace,
  2. S - Seiton – clarify the sequence of work procedures,
  3. S - Seiso - tools to be put back in their respective places,
  4. S - Seiketsu – being mindful of the first 3S,
  5. S - Shitsuke – keeping the workplace tidy.

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