Structured 5S implementation with a 5S audit

A structured 5S implementation is the answer to fast improvement in your organization. 5S is a basic condition for your improvement culture. A 5S audit shows the current status and allows for direct improvements within your company. Reduce waste, by bringing clarity and standardization to the workspace or production.

Find out what Cierpa offers to support you. Want to start now? Then use our free 5S checklist.

What is 5S LEAN?

The 5S LEAN method originated from Japan. It’s a method to work more efficiently. The system strives for order and cleanliness on the work floor. This objective ranks into five principles, all of them starting with the letter S:

Seiri - Sort - Lose surplus

Seton - Simplify - Everything in its place, there's a place for everything

Seiso - Sweep - Cleaning = inspecting

Seiketsu - Standardize - Document and recognize

Shitsuke - Sustain - A waste-free workplace forever!

What can a 5S LEAN assessment do for my company?

Implementing 5S is a stepped process. You can use 5S audits and 5S assessment to track your progress and level.

A proper audit shows you, for each of the 5S principles, where you stand and how to reach the next level. Auditing regularly enables you to detect improvements and get the best from your production or organization.

5S audits are not a necessary evil but intermediate milestones that are part of a larger plan!

Once your company embraces this point of view, everyone can view the audits as a motivating moment with enough space to show and celebrate joint successes.

How often does the 5S audit need to take place?

Audits are carried out regularly, to assess whether production is at the right level and to determine whether improvement points are effective. A 5S LEAN audit can take place once every three months, but also once a week when you need quick feedback on a new method.

Digital 5S audit

Cierpa can help you with 5S auditing your company. Cierpa Assessment is a digital auditing tool that uses visual reporting to show you how your company continuously improves. The options are extensive: multiple auditors, at different places within the company, or maybe at various locations. Cierpa Assessment shows you how well your organization is doing and is so much more than a snapshot of your company management.

Want to know more about Cierpa’s options? Then contact us for free advice!

Start now

Would you like to start now? The 5S PDF checklist is a great way to perform a simple audit. The 5S checklist uses the 5S principles to show you how well, safe and efficient your workspaces and employees operate. The audit shows you where production is not efficient and helps you to optimize the work process. It’s a great way to start your improvement process!

Download our 5S LEAN checklist and start your audit now!


Have you completed the 5S LEAN checklist and do you need more information or some advice on the next step to take? Please contact us!


Cierpa Software enables you to improve your organization continuously. LEAN manufacturing changes your work floor processes towards better and faster results and ultimately reduces any waste. With our LEAN software for companies, it’s possible to manage this ongoing process quickly and easily. Our Cierpa improvement consultants can also offer help.

Techniques and methods like 5S audit, Kaizen, OEE and the underlying LEAN thought principles are at the very core of our software suite. With Cierpa OEE, Cierpa Kaizen, Cierpa Quality, Cierpa Competence and Cierpa Assessment, Cierpa Software really speeds up all your improvement processes!

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Structured 5S implementation with a 5S audit