5S Visual Workplace Organization for Manufacturing and Services

Lean 5S Visual Workplace Workshop

Workshop Description

5S Visual Workplace Organization describes a systematic approach to organize a workspace or area for efficiency and effectiveness by identifying and storing the items used, maintaining the area and items, and sustaining the new order.

The decision-making process usually comes from a dialogue about standardization which builds a clear understanding among employees of how work should be done. It also instills ownership of the process in each employee.

A 5S Visual Workplace Organization deployment is often the first step to a broader Lean Management initiative.

Workshop Benefits

The benefits of applying the 5S Visual Workplace Organization methodology to a workspace or area are:

  • Reduction of waste, mainly defects, motion, waiting, and transportation results in lower costs,
  • Reduction in equipment breakdowns results in higher equipment availability,
  • Reduction in delays results in a higher fill rate and on-time deliveries,
  • Reduction in defects results in less rework and scrap,
  • Reduction in complaints results in greater customer satisfaction,
  • Reduction in injuries results in lower costs,
  • Reduction in changeover time results in less downtime, and
  • A cleaner work environment results in higher employee satisfaction.

Key Topics and Learning Points

The "5S Visual Workplace Organization" workshop covers:

  • Introduction to Lean Management
  • The 7 Lean Wastes or Muda - Mura - Muri
  • Benefits of a 5S Visual Workplace Organization Implementation
  • Overview of 5S Visual Workplace Organization Methodology
  • Key Enablers & Success Factors
  • Types of Resistance & Responses
  • 5S Visual Workplace Organization Implementation Process
    • SORT – Red-Tag Strategy
    • SET-IN-ORDER – Signboard Strategy
    • SHINE – Cleaning & Inspection Standards
    • STANDARDIZE – Five-Point Standardized Checklist
    • SUSTAIN – Discipline & Follow-up

Workshop Requirements


Workshop Duration

This workshop is only available as a Lean Kaizen event. In most cases a "5S Visual Workplace Organization" Kaizen event consists of 1 to 2 days of planning and preparation followed by a three- to five-day Kaizen event. Typical Kaizen events have a payback time of less than 3 months.

Who Should Attend

Managers, supervisors, team leaders, and employees responsible for the work area targeted for a "5S Visual Workplace Organization" Kaizen event. The optimum number of participants is 8 to 12 individuals.

Project Support

Hands-on implementation support, if needed to transfer the 5S Visual Workplace Organization methodology to other work areas, is of course available.

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