Module 2 : Visual workplace 5S

Module 2 : Visual workplace 5S

It is a well-known fact that an organised, neat and clean workplace will be more productive; produce fewer defects; meet deadlines with greater ease and have a productive effect on morale.

The 5S practice is used by most world class organisation. By applying 5S we create a visual workplace and increase productivity by making work easier. By enhancing ergonomic work design, you will be able to create a visual workplace that is pleasant, productive and clear to all.

 The 5S process

S1 – Sort and Discard: The key to S1 is to eliminate non-essential items from the workplace. By applying S1, clutter is eliminated and a pleasant, efficient workplace is created.
S2 – Shine and Inspect: Shine refers to the removal of dirt, grime and dust from the workplace and the thoroug cleaning of machines, equipment, floors and walls. While cleaning, defects are often identified (such as oil leaks, loose bolts and so forth).
S3 – Signpost and Order: Once all unnecessary items have been removed and the workplace is cleaned to standard, remaining items should be well organised. There should be a place for everything and everything should be in its place. Everything should be signposted so it is visually clear where things belong, even to a new team member or visitor.
S4 – Simplify and Standardise: We apply ergonomic principles to the workplace to eliminate wasteful activities and make work safer and easier. Standardising helps by reducing the number of items we need to own and control.
S5 – Sustain: The fifth “S” refers to the discipline required to ensure that S1, S2, S3 and S4 are properly sustained and improved

While these abovementioned steps sound like an easy process to follow, it’s usually harder that you think. Human nature is to instinctively hoard or save things that we may find necessary sometime in the future – resulting in heaps of unnecessary things in and around the office.

Competitive Dynamics International’s Mission-Directed Work Teams® programme is designed to translate these key strategies and principles into meaningful practices that can be implemented throughout an organisation. Contact CDI to find out more about Mission-Directed Work Teams.