5S Certification

As a product of the ‘Just in Time’ Manufacturing, 5S technique was developed as a measure to optimize manufacturing performance by the Japanese giant- Toyota. The objective of the methodology is to provide ownership of the processes to each and every employee. The 5 principles for the concept are; Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain.

Sort (Seiri): The function focuses on making the shop floor/work area free from the junk, removal of tools not in use and accumulation of unnecessary items.

Set in Order (Seiton): Set talks about the importance of arranging the shop floor/work area according to accessibility and usability of tools and materials. It eliminates loss and wastage of time by methods such as FIFO.

Shine (Seiso): Shine prioritizes cleaning the workplace and keeping it in neat and hygienic conditions at all times. This not only prevents hazards and accidents but also keeps employees motivated.

Standardize (Seiketsu):
The function refers to standardizing all the practices undertaken in the workplace.

Sustain (Shitsuke): The practice can be maintained only if it is maintained as per the benchmark levels and regular audits are performed through training.


  1. Since processes are error-proofed, there are fewer defects arising in the system and operations, thereby enhancing the overall productivity of the organization.
  2. Operations can be undertaken safely and securely, reducing the likelihood of accidents.
  3. Machinery and equipment can be sustained, reducing the amount of breakdowns.