5S Program - How to get started
Training is always the first step. And because 5S is often the first introduction to the entire concept of Lean continuous improvement - patient attention should be given to ensure that people's fears, misconceptions, and questions are fully answered. Most importantly, management must convincingly lay to rest the fear of "improving ourselves out of a job." (how?)
After initial 5S training, every lean leader has their own favorite way of implementing an initial workspace clean up.
The essential thing is to have the workers evaluate every tool and machine, every pile of materials and supplies, every piece of instructional paper... to decide what is actually used, and how often.
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