5S workplace organisation and standardisation

Online 5S video training program with facilitator manual and specific examples for workplace organisation and standardisation! The quickest and easiest way to learn 5S. Now available in English, Spanish, Italian, French, Arabic and Dutch. This training material has been produced in co operation with Philips Electronics, Smit Transformers, Nacco Materials Handling Group, Minkels and Timmerije (injection molding). The 5S method improves employees' ownership and leads to substantial quality improvement, cost reduction as well as product and process safety.

5S Introduction
The 5S method is a structured program to implement workplace organisation and standardisation. 5S improves safety, work efficiency, productivity and ownership. And a well organised workplace motivates people.

The programme is called 5S, since all steps start with an "S".


Sort deals with the contents of a workplace, and removes all items that are not needed there.

Set in Order refers to "a place for everything, and everything in its place" to enable easy acces to needed items.

Shine refers not just to cleaning, but to "being proud" about the way the workplace is organised.

Standardise refers to having standards that everyone has to adhere to. Visual management is an important aspect to facilitate easy undersanding of these standards.

Sustain refers to training of all employees and communication to all employees to ensure 5S application.

The 5S management program facilitates an excellent performance:

Safety: a well organised and orderly workplace is a safer workplace. 5S activities remove clutter, visual indicators alarm people for hazardous situations.

Improving production efficiency: 5S supports a smooth production process in various ways. Searching for tools is eliminated, flow principles are applied, tools storage is done where they are needed most. Location indicators visualise how things have been organised, and non conformaties are seen at once.

Quality improvement: Daily activities like inspection help to keep the production process in the right condition. Defects are prevented, because deviations are spotted before they result into defects.

Controlling your workplace: 5S helps to control the workplace by:

  • determining what is needed, and where it is needed.

  • defining the appropriate location for tools and other materials.

  • maintaining these standards.