5S or Visual Management is the use of techniques that will enable a person to immediately recognize normal and abnormal states in a process. This technique helps an organization examine the workplace and identify irregularities for easy elimination of waste and improving safety.


Lean Masters trains and educates workers on how to implement 5S/ Visual Management in their workplace in the following categories:

  1. Workplace Organization
    1. Sort (Seiri) – distinguished what is needed and what is not needed.
    2. Straight/Set (Seiton) – a place for everything and everything in its place (labeling campaign, color guidelines).
    3. Shine (Seiso) – Make cleaning part of the job every day.
    4. Standardize (Seiketsu) – Create policies and procedures that will ensure that the area stays clean at all times.
    5. Sustain (Shitsuke) – Train workers and management to participate and be committed to sustain and monitor visual management.
  2. Visual Displays — To communicate important information to all employees.
  3. Visual Controls — To prevent abnormalities from occurring.
  4. 5S Audit — Continually reviews the 5S Project and assess opportunities for improvement.