6S is a method used to create and maintain a clean, orderly, and safe work environment. 6S is based upon the five pillars (5S) of the visual workplace in the Toyota Production System, plus a separate pillar for safety. 6S is often the first method companies implement in their Lean journey, since it serves as the foundation of future continual improvement efforts.
Sorting is a process that involves selecting what you need to complete the job and removing everything else from your work area.
Set In Order
Set In Order specifically customizes your workstation and surrounding area to meet your work area needs. Arrange remaining items so they are easy to select, use, and return to their proper location
Shining is powerful because its purpose is to find the reason why things become dirty. Emphasis is on the removal of dust, dirt, and grime to reveal the source and eliminate it.
Standardizing creates a work area free of checklists; if good standards are put in place it will be easier to maintain and continue improving.
Sustainability is the result of how well we have performed the previous four S's. In the sustainability stage, think of ways to eliminate effort in maintaining an area.
Building awareness into all activities is the focus of this step. Zero accidents and injuries will be attained when accident prevention, identifying and eliminating hazards, becomes an integral part of your 6S program.