5S is a Lean tool for organizing one’s workplace with the intention of improving work efficiency and performance by demanding a clean, tidy, and perfectly organized workplace where everything has its designated place. The method is used to visually distinguish between normal and abnormal conditions in your workplace while at the same time providing a safe and organized work environment where everything is within reach when it is needed. The actions that 5S prescribes are categorized into five main segments:

  1. Sort: Remove unnecessary items from the workplace
  2. Set in Order: Make it obvious where things belong
  3. Shine: Clean inside out, repair everything broken, missing or damaged
  4. Standardize: Establish policies and procedures to ensure 5S
  5. Sustain: Training, daily activities, audits to make 5S become second nature