5S is the workplace organization program that comes from the Japanese words for clearing up, arranging, neatness, discipline, and ongoing improvement. The 6th S adds workplace safety and supports the ISO 45001 standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S) standard. This downloadable set of PowerPoint slides and notes (pdf format, includes slides from an online webinar presented by Levinson Productivity Systems plus accompanying notes and references) provides an overview of 6S including:
- Friction, General Carl von Clausewitz’s catch-all term for seemingly minor inefficiencies and inconveniences whose cumulative effect is to undermine organizational performance, and is worth teaching to the entire workforce so employees can identify it and initiate action to remove it. 5S removes friction by, for example, removing clutter from the workplace and making sure people can find tools easily instead of having to look for them. 5S can free floor space to avoid the need to buy more factory space.
- Origin of 5S in American workplaces more than 100 years ago, as shown by illustrations sufficiently old to fall into the public domain, and Frank Gilbreth’s pioneering work in motion efficiency
- Seiri = Clearing Up
- Seiton = Arranging (a place for everything, everything in its place)
- Seiso = Neatness
- Shitsuke = Discipline
- Seiketsu = Ongoing Improvement
- Safety: Henry Ford’s twelve accident root causes (which are still applicable today) and how 5S, the Ford safety principle “Can’t rather than don’t” (use engineering rather than administrative controls to make accidents impossible), and clauses of ISO 9001 suppress all but one of them (inappropriate clothing, e.g. loose clothing that can be caught in machinery)
- The hiyari hatto, “experience of almost accident situation,” is an employee-initiated near miss report for workplace hazards.
73 slides (not including the title and copyright notice)
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