LEAN Tools: 5S

imageThe purpose of this process is to improve productivity, improve quality and improve safety. It is used to improve performance of a process. It is not used as a reason to clean up. It is used to improve a process once process design has been completed. Everyone should understand what they are trying to accomplish and why.




5 S is a simple five-step process:

  1. Sort: Go through, set aside what you want to keep, get rid of the rest. If you are not sure, put those items in a 30-day pile. If, after 30 days you didn’t need it, throw it away.
  2. Straighten: Organize what’s left in a logical sequence that supports the work being done and eliminates muda such as unnecessary movement, scrambling for supplies, etc. You should do this in conjunction with your spaghetti diagram to optimize your layout.
  3. Shine: Clean up the area. Inspect faulty or broken equipment and tools and either fix or dispose of them.
  4. Standardize: Standardize your layout and process. Label shelves so everyone knows where everything is kept. Document.
  5. Sustain: Make it the way you do business.

In subsequent posts, we’ll look at each step,in greater detail.

What Others Have Said…

Michael developed a LEAN program for our hospital. This involved training both managers and front line staff in LEAN and its application in every department. Two LEAN projects were conducted in an effort to reduce inventory. There was a reduction of $135,000 in pharmacy inventory and $200,000 reduction in OR inventory."
Richard E. D’Alberto, FACHE
President & Chief Executive Officer
Laurens County Hospital

"Michael is a great speaker. He is inspirational and knows his trade."
Lynn Yarbrough

"Great quality- appreciate his openness to field question on the spot"
Rita Jones
CEO, Dundy County Hospital

"Michael is an outstanding, knowledgable speaker, keeps the flow going an involve the audience well."
Stephen Stewart
CEO, Artesian Valley Health System

"I like the process in implementation"
Brad Langdorf
VP Clinical Services, Community Hospital

“Michael is an excellent speaker. Content is exciting and educational.”
Mollie Heisel
Human Resource Coordinator
Brown County Regional Health Care
“Very good; usable; informative; real; encouraging”
Valerie Gigolyk
Loewen Windows

“Without your personality, coaching and spirit, we wouldn’t have made it so far.”
Ann Corrigan, RN
VP of Patient Services
Henry County Health Center

“We are utilizing the information on a regular basis. It has been exciting to see this growth.”
Pat Hales , Director of Quality and Educational Services Misericordia Health Center

“Excellent speaker- funny yet seriously important to improve our daily lives.”
Rebecca Ricartti, HR Director
Pacific Alliance Medical Center

“Michael is fantastic. Keeps the learning Entertaining and interesting.”
Stephen Stewart CEO
Artesian Valley Health System

“Great. Enjoyed the session.”
Curtis Hawkinson CEO
Community Memorial Healthcare

“Very clear and concise presentation. Always includes stories that make you think.”
Heather Greenwood, Med Tech
CHI St. Alexius Health

“Michael is a great presenter and presented he content in a manner that made it interesting and useful.”
Lynne Yarbrough, OR Director
Johnson Regional Medical Center

“Knowledgeable and energetic.”
Valerie Hangman, QI Coordinator
Providence Medical Center

I was impressed by the content and the clarity of the speaker.”
Jennifer Russell
Government of Manitoba

“Excellent quality, excellent information & keeps his agenda enthusiastic and timely.”
Terri Davis, RN
Providence Medical Center

“Dynamic speaker who leads the group to discover the answers for themselves.”
Jeff Dolan
Canada Cases Ltd.

“Mike is inspirational. A Great Motivator.”
Glen W. Buckler
Two Small Men with Big Hearts

“You have to see Michael Bayer’s presentation.”
Lois French

Investors Group

“Excellent speaker with an important message”
Rob Vineberg
Regional Director General
Citizenship & Immigration Canada

“Excellent speaker- funny yet seriously important to improve our daily lives.”
Rebecca Ricartti,
HR Director
Pacific Alliance Medical Center

“Fantastic! My cheeks hurt from laughing so much, yet I also gained so much knowledge too! Thanks!”
Daiva Griese
One Legacy

“Excellent, worthwhile. It was as good as it gets.”
Stephanie Bloodworth
Case Manager, New Directions

“Fantastic speaker. Great for any industry.”
Ron Farmer
Personal Banker, CIBC

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