5S represents Japanese words that describe the steps of a workplace organization process. English equivalent of all the Japanse words are updated in bracket.

  1. Seiri (Sort)
  2. Seiton (Straighten, Set)
  3. Seiso (Shine, Sweep)
  4. Seiketsu (Standardize)
  5. Shitsuke (Sustain)

In simple terms, the five S methodology helps a workplace in following ways

SORT – Remove items that are no longer needed

STRAIGHTEN – Organize the items to optimize efficiency and flow 

SHINE – clean the area in order to more easily identify problems

STANDARDIZE – Implement colour coding and labels to stay consistent with other areas

SUSTAIN – Develop behaviours that keep the workplace organized over the long term.