Importance of 5S in making the earth a better place

Md. Sahabul Islam, Textile Engineering, BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology, Engr. Kawsar Alam Sikder, CEO of Dutch Lube Company Ltd       
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Present condition of earth is terrible; people are doing their business and chasing profit more and more without considering anything else. First of all they are doing their business with natural raw materials & very much conscious about the product quality, marketing etc. But companies or business organizations think little about the dumping of these raw materials after the end of its purpose in his/her place. Day by day, the earth is going to be a hell through the activities of human being. Not only developing countries but also developed countries are responsible for this situation. Lacks of proper application of law, abuse of power, unaware people are some reasons those could be mentioned here. But it is the high time to think about the earth, we & our next generations.

5S is a foundation of lean management system for greater productivity as well as minimizing wastage & increase occupational health & safety. 5S is equally applicable to personal life & family life. 5S also improves work environment along with quality & productivity enhancement. 5S is the name of an organization based on a method using a list of five Japanese words: seiri (sort), seiton (set in order), seiso (shine), seiketsu (standardize), and shitsuke (sustain). It is also known as the five pillars of a visual workplace.

Sort (Seiri): Remove or eliminate all unnecessary things from your workplace because it makes work easier for employee as well as it saves time, space, energy and increases the production. In an organization many people are involved in the process/operation; everybody should be trained first & committed to implement the 5S methodology. Generally necessary & unnecessary items are mixed; first you have to separate the unnecessary items.

To speed up this process, you may start Red Label Campaign, put red sticker on the unnecessary items, afterward discard or remove from the workplace. You may introduce a rule for discarding, process owner most of the time thinks; he may use it or need it. In that case, check after 1 week or 1 month, is he use it / need it, if use or need, it is necessary, otherwise it is unnecessary. 5S is a journey, it’s not enough to implement once. You should be in practice. Regular monitoring helps to implement 5S.

Set in Order (Seiton): All necessary items should be arranged in such a row or label so that they can be found easily when it is necessary. 1st define the location for specific object i.e. every items have a name & location. Label the object name in the location & you may keep a record of quantity. So that everybody should know the location as quantity as well as. You may use different coloring to make it worker friendly rules. After making the policy, demonstrate to all concern people to follow instruction. You can judge the Seiton status, how fast one can pick the specific items.

Shine (Seiso): Clean your workplace. Keep all necessary things neat & clean, make the workplace in a place where sunlight can enter and air can circulate, as a result the worker feels relax to work & enjoy it. Cleaning should be a daily basis job; you have to do cleaning as a regular basis. It’s essential to maintain above 2S (Sort & set in order), if any deviation or abnormality found at the time of cleaning, immediately it should be rectified or corrected. Beginning of 5S implementation, daily basis you have to check, activities are on line with 5S methodology or not, if not immediately should be corrected & counseling should be done to concern people.

Standardize (Seiketsu): It is the combination of sort, set in order and shine, making sure they stay as they require & employees make a schedule to keep it clean and shiny. You may introduce easy rules, for example, in production unit different types of Work In Progress (WIP) materials remain for short time, quantity vary time to time, different color’s basket / demarcation and a specific location for a specific WIP.

Sustain (Shitsuke): It is the habit of maintaining the above four steps and promising never return to your previous habit. That’s why everyone has to commit to perform the work daily or has to install necessary disciplines to avoid backsliding. To ensure sustainability, you may introduce weekly audit & publish the score. Organization may reward & appreciate the higher scorer for sustainable implementation of 5S.


Figure: Pictures of before & after 5S implementation.
Figure: Pictures of before & after 5S implementation.

Ways of saving the earth by using 5S:

Collect all types of removal or unnecessary things in a bucket or a safe place and dump it in a designated place. Never discard wastage here & there. Propose figure 2 mentioned waste collection bin to facilitate recycle of waste materials.

Figure 2: Bin to recycle waste materials
Figure 2: Bin to recycle waste materials
  • Use more natural or environmentally safe product or supplies.
  • Use old rags or cloths to wipe because it can be cleaned or reused.
  • Try to recycle your all recyclable thrash.

To avoid re-printing and using extra paper, consider laminating frequently used papers and documents to protect from damage, and reuse at a later time.

Mark or label necessary to unnecessary things and manage them by following above mentioned rules.

Overall make your workplace shiny, neat & clean to save the earth. Because there is no galaxy that supports our life but earth. Scientists estimate that Earth is a home of about 300,000 plant species, over 600,000 species of fungi, and about ten million animal species. Earth is an invisible shield of life. As a man you should love the earth


If this process of destroying the earth continues , Within few years  the earth will become unlivable totally.It’s our life and it’s our earth.So it is high time we should protect the earth from this harmful situation. Take your decision, make your life and sustain earth with 5S practices. 5s is a way to protect the earth from dangers.



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