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5S Five Things Five Weeks Challenge

February 1, 2010


You have probably heard the phrase it takes 21 days to break an old habit and 21 days to create a new one. In that spirit, I will be running a series of blog posts over the next five weeks that suggest five things you can do each week to help improve your 5S thinking and actions. These will be little things that you can easily do each week to improve your 5S efforts. Think of this as “Little up, everyday” or practicing kaizen (Japanese for continuous improvement). All told, this should probably take only 5-15 minutes a day. So for only less than an hour a week you can get directly involved in 5S in your work area.

Week 1

  1. Let’s start off easy. Write down one thing that you would like to accomplish this week regarding 5S. Try to make it something that won’t take too much time, but will still have an impact on your 5S program.
  2. Do a search for information related to 5S. Try to find articles, tips & tricks, or whitepapers that you think might help your 5S program. We’ll use these later in our program.
  3. Wipe down your work area and do a quick inspection to see if anything needs fixing, may become broken (if not attended to) or is a safety issue. If you can fix it yourself, great; if not, notify the appropriate person or group.
  4. Declare a “Red Tag Day” – make the commitment to find at least five items that don’t belong in your immediate work area, red tag them and move to your 5S Red Tag Holding Area.
  5. If you haven’t already, work on that one thing that you wrote down in #1 above. If you have already completed that item, then take a break – you deserve it! Hey, I said we would start off easy. We’ll get to more challenging things later.

I understand that you might not be able to accomplish all these things the first time you try it. Do what you can. If you follow this or something like it, you are starting to apply standardize and sustain to your 5S program.

Let’s keep track of our progress and we’ll see how we do week-to-week.

Good luck and thanks – Tony

You can sign up on twitter at twitter.com/5Ssupply and I’ll send you short reminders each week to help you stay on track.

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One Response to “5S Five Things Five Weeks Challenge”

  1. Matt Cronshaw Says:

    Red tag area is one of the hardest things to control. It becomes a dumping zone. Employees even neglect to fill out tags and place on the items when dropped off.
    Any help on controlling red tag area would be great……..


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