5S is a concept that was developed in Japan to define and promote workplace organisation and it is generally accepted to be the cornerstone of any continuous improvement programme. It consists of five Japanese words to describe the five concepts, each starting with an S. We use the English version of these terms, because they are easier to understand and more descriptive:
- Sort (Seiri): remove all unnecessary items from the workplace which create clutter.
Shine (Seiso): clean the work area thoroughly – make it easier to clean by removing sources of dirt or access problems.
- Set in Order (Seiton): create a place for everything and keep everything in its place.
- Standardise (Seiketsu): this element is done in parallel with the first three (and is in support of them).
- Sustain (Shitsuke): this aspect ensures sustainability through discipline.
5S should be a practical way of life rather than a theoretical concept. Learners will learn about practical tips and techniques to implement 5S at their workplace. This training course is aligned with the GFMAM’s 39 Subjects with a specific focus on the following subjects: maintenance delivery, asset operations.