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The 5S



The 5S’s term was originated in Japan in order to emphasize order, cleanness and standardization. The meaning of the 5S comes from the initial letter of each of these Japanese words: Seiri,  Seiton,  Seiso, Seiketsu, Shitsuke.

1-Seiri (Sort)

Sorting: Separate useful from useless and necessary from unnecessary.


2-Seiton (Set in Order)

Organize the working area for easy control and access of tools, materials etc. One place for each item and each item in his place.


3-Seiso (Shine)

Cleanness and neatness of working area, no dust trash etc.


4-Seiketsu (Standardize)

Standardization of work, process, documents, inspection methods, shelf, storage boxes, transport units.


5-Shitsuke (Sustain)

This term means the maintenance of the other 4S points and the procedures for audit, verification, improvement and recording.