Retooling 5S

A new take on a traditional tool

Even quality traditionalists can agree that sometimes foundational tools can be tweaked to provide more effective, desirable results.

Take 5S—sort, shine, set in order, standardize and systematize. The tool, used to create workspace order and efficiency, certainly works in its original form. But, contends author John Casey in the article "5S Shakeup," with the steps in that order, results have a tendency to backslide.

Casey offers a twist on traditional 5S intended to ensure positive outcomes stick. Find out how.

For obvious reasons, reducing usage of resources makes sense—for the environment, in cost reduction, and higher efficiency. "For the Greater Good," details how a laboratory in Australia implemented an environmental management system leading to cost savings and reduced waste. An added bonus? Employee engagement saw an uptick.

Similarly, energy management and reduction is another timely topic as organizations attempt to reduce cost and meet customer requirements.

Finally, next month is World Quality Month—an entire month to celebrate the impact and importance of quality around the world. Look for many opportunities to participate and celebrate throughout November. Or, take a few minutes to contribute your quality story on the World Quality Month website, http://asq.org/world-quality-month/share-your-story.aspx.

Seiche Sanders

Seiche Sanders

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