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Lean Series—5S

John M. Gross, P.E, CQE, CSSBB

Course Outline

This one hour online course provides a basic overview of the 5S process.  5S is a sustainable process to increase the organization, orderliness, and cleanliness in any work environment.  5S applies to both manufacturing and administrative areas in any business.  While often thought of as a “housekeeping” program--safety, productivity, quality and morale also increase when 5S is thoughtfully implemented and sustained.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for all engineers, architects, and land surveyors.

Benefit to Attendees

The 5S training package is another element of the Lean Overview Series.   This series provides an overview of lean tools and techniques to Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors to help them participate more effectively in lean enterprise activities. 

Each element of the Lean Overview Series provides a basic understanding of a lean tool or technique to help students develop a working knowledge of the concept and its purpose in a lean enterprise journey.  The series starts with foundational elements and progresses to intermediate and advanced lean concepts.  Each topic also provides references for additional study if the student is interested.  Figure 1 illustrates the Lean Overview Series.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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Course Introduction

The one hour 5S course discusses the benefits of implementing 5S and its origin as part of the Toyota Production System.  The course presents the five steps associated with 5S—Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Systemize.  Additionally, the course provides helpful tips for successful implementation.

Course Content

This course is in the following PDF document:

Lean Series — 5S

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Course Summary

5S represents a simple "good housekeeping" approach to improving the work environment consistent with the tenets of Lean Manufacturing philosophies.  5S is termed an approach because it is a sequenced process for first raising the bar, then sustaining the gains and finally incrementally raising the bar again and again.  


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.