What is 5S

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A program to reduce the number of steps needed to do a job and make the work area cleaner so that it is safer and more productive. The 5 steps of 5S are:

  1. Sort
  2. Set
  3. Shine
  4. Standardise
  5. Sustain

Rules of 5S:

  • Everything HAS a place and everything IN its place.
  • Nothing on the Floor except legs, wheels, or pallets.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.

What is the most disorganized area of your home?

 – Garage?

– Storage Closet?

– Tool shed?


Is this what your tool shed looks like?



What is the most organized place you can think of?

Examples of perfectly organized place is aisles in grocery store.

Environment Before 5S

AM Step 1 Flow – Sort

  • Perform the SORT activity of 5S
  • Create the “Red Tag Zone” for items you do not need


  • Locate a specific place for each item (tools, equipment, material), close to where it is needed
  • “A place for everything and everything in its place.”


  • This is done by dividing work area into zones and assigning roles each person is to play in their area of responsibility
  • Not a simple wipe off of dust
  • Eliminate sources of contamination

Standardize & Sustain

  • Standardization:  Create OPLs, implement demarcation
  • Sustain:  Self-discipline is required.  Everybody is responsible for making 5 S work


  • The 5S is a technique to keep the workplace organized at all times
  • The 5S are:  Sort, Set, Shine, Standardize & Sustain
  • Normally in Step 1, we only do the first three steps of 5S (SORT, SET/STORE & SHINE)

Remember the Before Shot?

Good luck with your challenges and remember 5S is the foundation of TPM!

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