5S Lean

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What is 5s Lean?

5S is a system and way of organizing and managing workspaces to improve efficiency by eliminating waste, improving flow and reducing process. 5S systems are common in manufacturing, warehouses, offices and hospitals but 5S principles can be applied to any workplace. Pioneered by Toyota Motor Company, the 5S method applies standard housekeeping practices in the workplace through the five principles of Sort (seiri), Set in order (seiton), Shine (seiso), Standardize (seiketsu), and Sustain (shitsuke).

This article briefly explains the 5S principles, visual references, and how you can use a digital 5S checklist app like iAuditor to introduce 5S in your workplace more efficiently and effectively.

A cluttered and untidy workplace can lead to low productivity, worker dissatisfaction and re-occurring accidents. As one of the core principles of kaizen, 5S can help identify and eliminate wastage to achieve a more organized and safer working environment.