5S is one of the first tools that can be applied in a company that is starting to get into the continuous improvement culture. It helps to define the first rules to eliminate waste and maintain a work environment that is efficient, safe and clean.The good news is that 5S easy for everyone to start using, as it doesn’t require technical analysis, and can be implemented globally in all types of companies, ranging from manufacturing plants to offices, small businesses to large multinational organizations, and in both, the private and public sectors. Its simplicity, practical applicability, and visual nature make it an engaging aid for operators, directors, and customers alike. 5S is the perfect tool to identify the first improvement projects in your company to eliminate waste. Although sometimes viewed as a housekeeping technique, it is actually an innovative management system that helps people think lean, paving the way for the adoption of Lean principles in the organization. And here’s the best part: implementing 5S is a breeze! With this logical, step-by-step guide, you’ll learn what the big deal about 5S is, how to devise an action plan for 5S implementation, and how best to wield this powerful tool for improved productivity, elimination of wasteful processes, and all-round development!
In the first one-day session, employees should look forward to and be expected to meet the first 3S requirements:
1.Take a picture of the current status of your workplace.Sort: Separate anything that is needed and necessary from what is not needed.
2.Organize the things you need so that there is a place for everything and everything has a place. You should be able to find anything in under 30 seconds (Set in order).
3.Clean the workplace and get rid of things that make it difficult to maintain cleanliness, such as boxes on the floor that prevent you from being able to clean the entire surface–store them in drawers, instead.
4.(Shine)Prepare an action plan for the stuff that you cannot arrange that day, but will be able to in the near future. As a means of disposal, you could consider selling them on the marketplace, have someone pick them up for free, or schedule a review as a reminder.Take a second picture after the entire day’s work, for review.