5 S and its Benefits

5S simply means work place organisation. It is the foundation for all improvements and lean journey.

As the name describes, 5S is a set of five words starting with S.

1S – SORT – Removing Unwanted items from the workplace

2S – SET IN ORDER – Arrange the necessary items in a specific place

3S – SHINE – Clean the machines, shop floor and inspection -Everyday

4S – STANDARDISE – Establish procedures and schedules to ensure the consistency of implementing the first three ‘S’ practices.

5S – SUSTAIN – 5 S becomes a culture of organisation. Sustain all the improvements made and continually improve for a better organisation.

5S Methodology


Benefits of implementing 5S are:

  • Reduced the waste or non value adding activity. (For detailed description of waste, refer our previous blogs by clicking here.)
  • Improved productivity
  • Reduced space used for storage
  • Improved maintenance
  • Improved safety
  • Better operator commitment and morale
  • Improved quality
  • Better visual management