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5S Definitions

 

Japanese Term

 

English Equivalent

 

 

Meaning in Japanese Context

 

Seiri

 

Tidiness

 

Throw away all rubbish and unrelated materials in the workplace.

 

 

Seiton

 

Orderliness

 

Set everything in proper place for quick retrieval and storage.

 

 

Seiso

 

Cleanliness

 

Clean the workplace: everyone should be a janitor

 

 

Seiketsu

 

Standardization

 

Standardize the way of maintaining cleanliness

 

 

Shitsuke

 

Discipline

 

Practice ‘Five S’ daily – make it a way of life; this also means ‘commitment’

 

 

  • 5S is the beginning of a healthy, comfortable and productive life for everyone at work. This is fundamental to productivity improvement.
  • When implemented successfully in a company, 5S bring about amazing changes.
  • 5S is an acronym for five Japanese words that are SEIRI, SEITION, SEISO, SEIKETSU and SHITSUKE.
  • The driving force for a 5S program comes from the people.