Streamlining Safety: 5S Methodology Step 4 - STANDARDIZE

Streamlining Safety: 5S Methodology Step 4 - STANDARDIZE

Matt Nieszczur
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On today’s episode, we’re going to be talking about the fourth S of the 5S Methodology: STANDARDIZE.

By joining us today, you’ve made it over the hump 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. Last week, 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.

That brings us to this week, which takes us to the fourth S, 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. Everyone on your team should be 100 percent knowledgeable in not only the completion of the routines, but also in their constant improvement.

Next week what we’re going to be talking about is the next step, which is SUSTAIN. Stay tuned!

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