The 5S process is a systematic program to increase organization, cleanliness, and standardization on work – The 5S are Seiri (Tidiness), Seiton (Orderliness), Seiso (Cleanliness), Seiketsu (Standardization), and Shitsuk (Discipline):

… “5S” was invented in Japan, and stands for five (5) Japanese words that start with the letter ‘S’: Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, and Shitsuke. Table 1 shows what these individual words mean. An equivalent set of five ‘S’ words in English have likewise been adopted by many, to preserve the “5S” acronym in English usage. These are: Sort, Set (in place), Shine, Standardize, and Sustain. Some purists do not agree with these English words – they argue that these words have lost the essence of the original 5 Japanese words…

It was designed for manufacturing workshop, but the program can actually used for any work environment and increase your productivity. Read through my collection of links for all 5S’s information:


The 5 ‘S’ Process: Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, Shitsuke – [semiconfareast.com]
Get sorted with the five Ss – [Adrian Trenholm]
The 5S Philosophy to Improve the Work Place – [tpmonline.com]
5S Visual Workplace – [WMEP]
Clutter, GTD and 5S – [Blog before you Think!]
Training the nodes in the network + Kaisen – [Mathemagenic]

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