History of the 5S principles:
5S principles are as old as the hills; it however became prominent in the mid 1900’s after the attack of Japan on Pearl Harbour and the resultant retaliation of the Allied Forces leading to the bombing of Japan, resulting in Japan’s economic collapse. With the aid of W. Deming and the 5S PRINCIPLES; Japan became the economic power it is today.
To become economically empowered; the Japanese communities had to adopt and adapt to the 5S principles to enable it to undergo an economic renaissance; i.e. it literally needed to be reborn. Japanese people realised that they had to embrace these principles as a stepping stone to become economically viable again. They realised that they would not be able to do it alone and therefore would need assistance from various sources and or others willing to assist in the rebuilding process… (To BE Continued….)
The 5S principles comprise the following aspects:
S1 – SEIRI: Sort and Discard: getting rid of the unnecessary
S2 – SEISO – Shine and Inspect
S3 – SEITON – Signpost and Order
S4 – SEIKETSU – Simplify and Standardise
S5 – SHITSUKE – Sustain / Maintain Standards; This module of the 5S principles should be the one with which to launch any 5S programme. This is the one that makes 5S principles a way of life, a CULTURE of sorts is created. Without the necessary discipline in place, the 5S programme will have to be re-launched sevaral times before it becomes successful.
Guidelines to ensure the successful implementation of the 5S principles:
S1: Sort and Discard (this is not only applicable to the “hard-ware”, but is also applicable and or beneficial to “soft-ware”, i.e. processes and or information technology)
- only have items and or tools available for use what is needed immediately, i.e. items and or tools to be used within 1 to 2 hours (please note that the time frame is subjective to the end user and or type of product or service being offered)
- items and or tools not needed immediately must be removed from work area and or work station; this is known as “RED-TAGGING”