What You Need to Know About 5S's
The 5S's comes from 5 Japanese words that have been translated
into English. While the actual English translation may vary
depending on who you are talking to, the meanings remain the same:
Set In Order
5S Checklists and Forms
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that focuses on 5S.
Books and Training on 5S
5S is a pretty simple concept so why would you need training?
Training helps assure that everyone in the organization or on the
5S team has the same baseline understanding of the 5S process.
5S training can also be motivational and inspire people to take the
first step toward better organization in the workplace. Often
the reason that work areas become disorganized is because people
working in the area have not allowed themselves the time to
designate a place for everything and then make sure that everything
is in it's place. Eventually the cleaning task becomes so
monumental that people don't know where to start and it is easier to
put it off for one more day. 5S training legitimizes taking
the time to get organized.
More so than any other training that we do, people tell us that
they are motivated to not only use what they have learned about 5S
on their job, but also in their personal lives. With that kind
of warm reception for 5S training, the benefits of training are
obvious. After all, if it was easy and didn't require
training, people would already be practicing 5S methodology.
The 5S Reference
Guide A basic guide that covers the essential
aspects of 5S with lots of helpful hints on initiating and
sustaining a 5S effort. Only $9.95 each or $7.95 each when
purchased in 5 packs.
The 5S's: Workplace
Organization Comprehensive online
training on the 5S's. Available online or in CD-ROM or
Network versions. Click
here for more information.
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5S Outside of the Box
you have never worked in a commercial kitchen you might
not have any idea of what is going on behind the scenes
in a restaurant. Diners in a fine restaurant may be
comfortably relaxed enjoying their first glass of wine,
but the kitchen is in a controlled chaos mode. What
keeps the kitchen from uncontrolled chaos is mise en
place (pronounced MEEZ ahn plahs), the French phrase
that translates as “to put in place.”
place means assembling all of the ingredients, pots and
pans, plates, and serving pieces needed for a particular
period. More than that though, mise en place is a state
of mind. According to the Culinary Institute of
America’s tome The New Professional Chef…”Someone who
has truly grasped the concept is able to keep many tasks
in mind simultaneously, weighing and assigning each its
proper value and priority.”
place sounds like the 5S’s to us. Having a clean and
organized work area that only has what is needed to do
the job eliminates a lot of wasted time and frustration
in getting the job done.