Exclusive Content & Downloads from ASQ

Solving the Mystery of the Missing Fifth “S”

Summary: Practicing and maintaining a 5S method in a workplace can be difficult, but if done properly, the benefits are numerous. The 5 S's are sort, set, shine, standardize, and sustain. Sort requires clearing a work area of unnecessary clutter, set is to set things in order or to streamline, shine means to keep things clean, standardize is a process of documenting and maintaining processes, and sustain is the act of keeping up with the other steps. Sometimes, sustain can be the most difficult step of the process, but without it, the 5S method does not work.

Anyone with a subscription, including Site and Enterprise members, can access this article.

Other Ways to Access content:

Join ASQ

Join ASQ as a Full member. Enjoy all the ASQ member benefits including access to many online articles.

Subscribe to Journal for Quality and Participation

Access this and ALL OTHER Journal for Quality and Participation online articles. You'll also receive the print version by mail.

  • Topics: Lean
  • Keywords: 5 S (visual workplace), Japanese quality management, Employee education & training, Process, Culture
  • Author: Bader, Bruce;
  • Journal: Journal for Quality and Participation