5s – The Five Disciplines

This 1 day workshop introduces the Best Practice of 5S (Good House Keeping) into the team’s workplace. It deals with the need for 5S and helps to overcome resistance to this Best Practice.

Topics Covered

  • The Japanese concept of 5s
  • The 5s Pillars
  • Conducting 5s audits
  • 5s mini clean-up exercise
  • How to draw and use a 5s map
  • Benefits of 5s
  • Implementing 5s

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop, learners will be able to:

understand the principles of each of the 5 S’s,
understand the need for, and the benefits of 5S , conduct a 5S Audit in the workplace,
understand the role of the team in implementing 5S,
practise implementing 5S in a demarcated area,
draw up a 5S Map for the area and develop a cleaning schedule for it,
Understand the relationship between 5S and equipment maintenance and reliability.
draw up a 5S improvement action plan.

Customisation required

The trainer will be required to work hand-in-hand with the Task Force to obtain the following kinds of information:

  • the organisation’s
  • acronym for the 5 S’s,
  • before photos of the team’s workplace,
  • a customised 5S Audit and details of how it will be used and results displayed,
  • a map/floor-plan of the team’s work area,
  • details of the 5S implementation plans. Introduce the culture of tag usage

Summary of practical exercises

5S Audit: The team spends time conducting a 5S audit in their work area and develops an action plan for improving 5S in their area.

5S Mini Clean-up: The team practices implementing 5S in a specific area in their workplace.

Summary of practical exercises

Improvement Plan: The team draws up an action plan to improve on the company’s safety record, with the view to making the company a safer place to work.


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