Safety in 5S Methodology Step 5: SUSTAIN & Ensure Ongoing

Safety in 5S Methodology Step 5: SUSTAIN & Ensure Ongoing

Matt Nieszczur
5 minute read

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On today’s episode, we’re going to be talking about the fifth S of the 5S Methodology: SUSTAIN.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 weeks already, but we’ve almost made it to the end of the 5S Methodology. We started with the first S, which is SORT. Sorting, as it pertains to safety, is determining the things that are essential from the things that are not essential. Next, we covered the second S, which is STRAIGHTEN. Straightening, as it pertains to safety, is making everything that’s essential easily and efficiently accessible. In addition, it allows for a system of always knowing where those essential items are, who’s using them, and where they go when no longer needed.

Then, we were at the halfway mark with the third S, which is SHINE. Shining, as it pertains to safety, is cleaning at regular and efficient intervals.  And while doing so, inspecting everything around you to assure everything’s running properly. Next, we covered the fourth S, which is STANDARDIZE. Standardization, as it pertains to safety, is the organization of the first 3 S’s. It allows you to take sorting, order, and cleaning, and create routines that ensure all three are being implemented in the safest and efficient manner possible.

That brings us to this week. Today, we’re covering the fifth S, which is SUSTAIN. Sustaining, as it pertains to safety, is the practice of self-discipline by staff. Last week when covering standardization, we stated it was the organization of the first 3 S’s. Sustaining adds yet another component to that organization in the form of ensuring the 5S Methodology is strictly adhered to. And most important to this, is ensuring staff has a “Do Without Being Told” mentality. When you follow this and the other 4 S’s of the 5S Methodology, you internalize a mentality of constant and never-ending improvement of workplaces, and by association, entire facilities.

You’ll notice we didn’t say fifth and final S this week. That’s because, over the last several years, the 5S Methodology has actually grown into the 6S Methodology. So next week, we’re going to be talking about what makes that sixth S, which is SAFETY. Stay tuned!

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