It is a method used not only to “housekeep” the workplace, but also to organize the workspace. It is based on the assumption that all the time devoted by employees to finding working tools, kits, devices, fixtures, etc. can be invested into productive activities. 





The method has 5 primary rules that should be realised, repeated and improved all the time.   


•1. SEIRI - 整理 = Sorting - Separating the needed from unneeded. Sorting all necessary things from unnecessary ones and eliminating unrequired items. Prioritising only essential items and storing elsewhere or removing from production area the other items. In the working area remain only items required to complete the job.


                                     „Have by hand only what is used and needed!“


•2. SEITON - 整頓 = Straightening = visually setting things in order. Placement of each tool, part, and instrument in right and strictly determined position, arrangement of things in working place in a way minimising movement of employees, eliminating time losses arising due to non-optimal placement of working tools.


                                   „ Everything must have its proper place!“

•3. SEISO - 清掃 = Permanent sweeping = Shining = systematic cleaning. Keeping the workstation constantly clean, cleaning the tools and instruments used at the work place. Segmentation of the working processes to individual separate areas and definition of lists of tools to be cleaned, as for periodicity and frequency, exact definition what are the needed cleaning agents and tools to be used and who is the responsible person for cleaning.


                                        „Everything must be clean and well kept!“

•4. SEIKETSU - 清潔  = Standardizing = Systemizing . Visual management, standardizing of complete maintenance of the working place. Design of visual working standards determining all activities related to cleaning and right location of each work item at the working place with aim to keep the tidiness and cleanliness of the working area.


                                     „Systematic order and cleanliness nonstop!“


•5. SHITSUKE - 躾 = Sustaining the practise = Improving. Forming of stable and permanent working habits, self-motivation and motivation of each individual employee to maintain and improve the system. Regular checking and visualisation of the results of the audits. Continuation and compliance with all 4 above mentioned principles.


                              „Constant improvement and development!“

•6. SHIKKARI = Lets try hard!
                           „ Show your initiative and make special effort at your working place!“
Another rules - Stability, Simplification

After successful implementation of 5S rules we can enjoy such results as:


Implementation of 5S rules is possible not only in production areas :)


A little bit of sorting


And after implementation :)