• Sort (Seiri) – Eliminate all the things in the workspace that are not being used and store them away.
• Set in Order (Seiton) – Arrange the items used on a daily basis so that they can be easily accessed and quickly stored.
• Shine (Seiso) – Everything is cleaned and functioning properly.
• Standardize (Seiketsu) – Develop a routine for sorting, setting and shining.
• Sustain (Shitsuke) – Create a culture that follows the steps on a daily basis.
• Safety (Shitse) – Create a culture that follows the steps on a daily basis.
Originally developed by Hiroyuki Hirano for manufacturing companies in Japan (the original Japanese names of the pillars are in parentheses), the principles of 6S translate well to the laboratory, the repair facility, and even the corporate office. Almost any workplace environment will benefit from the structure and efficiency that this model provides.
6S is a system, a philosophy and a culture. The true power of 6S reveals itself when your whole organization embraces its ideals and your employees see that your business is transforming itself.