5S (Workplace Organization)

Workplace Organization and Visual Controls Event (5-S System)

5S is a workplace management system in which the work area and workplace are organized to minimize the loss of time and the use of movement. A foundational tool of the Lean manufacturing philosophy, its principles for eliminating wasted time and unnecessary motion are universally applicable to everyone and every business.

5S is much more than ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’. It comprises five principles to help employees be highly productive and effective in their work. The principles are:

  1. Sort  |  Keep near you only what you regularly use
  2. Shine  |  Have your workplace and equipment ready for immediate use
  3. Set in Order  |  Find exactly what you need to use in less than 30 seconds
  4. Standardize  |  Everyone does each job in the same way and is challenged to improve it
  5. Sustain  |  Everyone does their part to foster a safe, productive, effective workplace and maintain the workplace organization

5S is NOT just about creating a clean and tidy work area where everything is neat, near-by, and easy and fast to get to. 5S is about:

  • Improving quality
  • Increasing productivity
  • Removing and preventing useless variation in work activities and machine performance
  • Delivering exact quality products and services more quickly
  • Visually managing inventory levels to reduce costs and stock outs
  • Keeping people and the workplace safe

Download the UT CIS 5S/Workplace Organization Resource Guide by clicking HERE.

If you would like to learn more about 5S and how it can benefit your facility, or if you would like to attend a 5S training, view the links below.



Work Space Before and After a 5S Kaizen Event