The 5 'S'
Process: Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, Shitsuke (Page 2 of 2)
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Seiso, the third step in "5S",
says that 'everyone is a janitor.' Seiso consists of cleaning up
the workplace and giving it a 'shine'. Cleaning must be done by
everyone in the organization, from operators to managers. It would be a
good idea to have every area of the workplace assigned to a person or
group of persons for cleaning. No area should be left uncleaned.
Everyone should see the 'workplace' through the eyes of a visitor -
always thinking if it is clean enough to make a good impression.
The fourth step of "5S", or seiketsu, more or less translates to 'standardized clean-up'. It
consists of defining the standards by which personnel must measure and
maintain 'cleanliness'. Seiketsu encompasses both personal and
environmental cleanliness. Personnel must therefore practice 'seiketsu'
starting with their personal tidiness. Visual management is an important
ingredient of seiketsu. Color-coding and standardized coloration
of surroundings are used
visual identification of anomalies in the surroundings. Personnel are
trained to detect abnormalities using their five senses and to correct
such abnormalities immediately.
The last step of "5S", Shitsuke, means 'Discipline.' It denotes commitment to maintain
orderliness and to practice the first 4 S as a way of life. The
emphasis of shitsuke is elimination of bad habits and constant practice
of good ones. Once true shitsuke is achieved, personnel
voluntarily observe cleanliness and orderliness at all times, without
having to be reminded by management.
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