5S is a team run process and should be conducted by the people who work within the area in which the principles of 5S are being applied, it is not a tool that can be applied by an outsider onto an area without the knowledge and cooperation of the people within it. 5S is the acronym for five Japanese words: Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu and. Shitsuke and they represent the five steps for a systematic technique for good housekeeping as indicated in the table below: Table 1. The five steps of. Japanese 5 S. Step. Corresponding action. Seiri (Sort). Distinguish between necessary and. These five distinct phases are (with English descriptions Steps of 5S 5S Seiri; Sort, Clearing, Classify 5S Seiton; Straighten, Simplify, Set in o).
The Concept of 5S 5S is a methodical way to organize your workplace and your working practices as well as being an overall philosophy and way of working. It is split into 5 phases, each named after a different Japanese term beginning with the letter S; (Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, Shitsuke) hence the name 5 S.