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Order And Cleanliness In The Workplace

Order And Cleanliness In The Workplace

Firstly, order and cleanliness in the workplace are essential when looking for operational efficiency, especially in times of Covid-19. For this reason, in this post we talk about Order and cleanliness in the workplace.

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  • The 5S method, devised in Japan more than 6 decades ago, continues to help maintain cleanliness and order in the workplace.
  • Both components (cleanliness and tidiness) are also essential today, as they prevent contagion.

Also, in the workplace, when there is disorder, dirt or other unnecessary elements, inefficiencies emerge in the processes in the form of lost time, delays, damage and even the risk of accidents. 


The 5s methodology, what does it consist of?

In the fisrt place, the 5s methodology includes five key points that anyone should pay attention to in order to keep a workplace in perfect condition. 


1. Seiri: Separate Unnecessary Elements

The first “S” translates from Japanese as “separate unnecessary items”. In addition, to do this, we must identify the necessary elements in the workplace.

In addition, once this is done, separate them from the unnecessary ones, eliminating all those that are not essential.

2. Seiton: Placing necessary elements

The second “S” promotes that, once you have the necessary elements in the workstation and have filtered out the unnecessary ones, it is time to place them in an orderly fashion. Also, to achieve this, a series of steps must be followed:

  • Decide on the location of each element (as close as possible to the place where each one will be used).
  • Set up the means to position each one (furniture, shelves, etc.).
  • Mark the place assigned for each element (it is very typical to see the tool boxes with the silhouette of each one).
  • Mark on the tool the place that corresponds to it (in a certain drawer or shelf).

3. Seiso: Remove dirt and grime

The third “S” invites you to keep the workstation and tools tidy and clean, which promotes the working environment and helps to reduce defects or accidents, and to maintain an optimal quality level.

4. Seiketsu: Signaling anomalies

The fourth “S” advocates avoiding dirt and disorder through standardization, also, staff training and visual management, and improving tidiness and cleanliness operations.


5. Finally, Shitsuke: Keep improving

Finally, the fifth “S” proposes the continuous improvement of the system, also, so typical of Toyota’s work methodologies. In the end, it is a matter of applying the previous cycle over and over again to keep refining and never stop working on this facet.

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