Document Type : Review Paper


Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.


5S is an important industrial engineering technique which is used worldwide in a wide range of industrial and service type organizations for workplace management. Improvement in efficiency and productivity, and reduction in waste and idle time etc. are some of its benefits. This paper presents a fundamental understanding of 5S technique and review of some important past work on implementation of 5S in various organizational setups. It is worth mentioning that safety has been identified as to be included as the 6th S under this technique. The main aim of this paper is to facilitate scholars, researchers, and engineers of industrial engineering field by providing knowledge and develop understanding of 5S technique so that they may further implement it in various scenarios of the workplace organization


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