How to Apply 5S (from Lean) to Any Workplace

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Everything our mom told us about cleaning our room, making our bed, and picking up after ourselves was true!!!!!

Remember growing up, mom told us we couldn’t go out to play with our friends until our bedrooms were clean? We griped because we didn’t realize that mom was laying the groundwork for successfully competing in today’s marketplace. It turns out the concepts of 5S (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain) are foundational activities necessary for us to have a chance at successful and sane work environments.

5S is one of the Lean philosophies and techniques necessary if we as employees want a more pleasant work environment, more satisfying jobs, processes that make the job easier and make sense. For employers, 5S means higher quality, lower costs, easier maintenance, greater customer satisfaction, and higher profitability. It is the foundation for continually improving ourselves.

This highly interactive presentation is perfect for any owner, manager, leader, or employee responsible for performing the tasks of an organization, and seeking to continuously improve. Participants will apply what they learned immediately with an exercise that includes a sweet surprise!

Maryanne Ross, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CDDP, is an author, speaker, international trainer, and instructor specializing in Personal and Professional Development and Supply Chain Management.

Cost is $25 for APICS members, $30 for guests and $15 for students.


University of Toledo Student Union
2801 W. Bancroft
Toledo, OH 43606, US (map)

Student Union Room #2592

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