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"5S" and "7 Wastes" Open Workshop

“5S, that’s just all about keeping things organized and tidy, isn’t it? Or maybe you have heard someone say: “Why make a big deal out of cleaning up?” But 5S is not really about the aesthetics of the work place, or even about the efficiency gains you will achieve (typically, 10% to 30% can be easily achieved). The real benefit of 5S is the introduction of standardised operational practices to ensure efficient, ergonomic, repeatable, safe ways of working. This brings many benefits: higher quality, lower costs, reliable deliveries, increased morale, and improved safety … to name but a few. It will also result in a highly visual workplace. One of the most important results of 5S is that it makes problems immediately obvious.

5S works by helping the team eliminate the seven wastes of lean manufacturing: Waste in Transport, Inventory, Motion, Waiting, Over-processing, Overproduction, and Defects.

It is therefore one of the most powerful Lean Tools, and provides a stable foundation upon which to build all of your other improvement programs, Lean Tools and Practices. It is also one of the simplest to implement, and can be applied within your manufacturing environment, office processes or even within a service industry.

5S is a team approach and requires the participation of everyone within the area in which it is applied to be effective.

 This one day course will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the 5S Process and how you can implement it to your organization.




  • Background and History
  • What “5S” is, what “5S” is not

“5S” Process

·       Sorting

·       Straighten

·       Shining

·       Standardize

·       Sustaining

 Implementing “5S”

  • Identify the pilot area
  • Documentation of the Present State
  • Follow the “5S” Process
  • Standardization: Visual Factory, SOP’s, etc. 

Verification and Standardization

·        Management commitment

·        “5S” Audit process and metrics

·        “5S” Scorecard and “5S” Board

·        “5S” Plant walk process

Identifying Waste

·        The 7 Wastes

·        Value Added and Non-Value Added Operations

 Tools to Identify Waste

·        Process Mapping

·        Spaghetti Diagram

·        Process Balancing

·        Push or Pull?

·        Value Stream Mapping

·        PDCA Approach

This workshop can also be delivered in-house as a stand-alone training workshop or integrated into wider improvement activities.

We will be happy to discuss our 5S & 7 Wastes course in the context of your own business needs, so please contact us via email at or phone +44 (0)28 9073 7950 or our Dublin office +353 8 7224 2575 for more information.