Over the years I have been known to badmouth typical approaches to 5S as a glorified housekeeping exercise – getting lean without doing any of the hard stuff. In this post I called it 'lean-lite', and in this one I called it 'Spring cleaning'.
in an effort to be more positive and helpful, and less cynical (anyone taking bets on how long this new leaf is going to stay turned over?), I want to offer up my alternative. This is the 5S checklist I have been using for some time. It has to be adapted and modified for each unique manufacturing situation – you should do whatever tweaking you think necessary before using it too – but here it is.