City Gov’t advocates 5S in the workplace PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 August 2016 14:02

To advocate cleanliness in city offices, the City Government is institutionalizing the implementation of the “5S” workplace organizational and housekeeping methodology.

Mandated by the national government, the 5S is a methodical way to organize the workplace and working practices as well as being an overall philosophy and way of working. It is splint into 5 phases, each named after a different Japanese term beginning with letter “S”- seiri (sort), seiton (set in order), seiso (shine), seiketsu (standardize) and shitsuke (sustain).     Mayor Beng Climaco last Friday issued a memorandum ordering all city offices to undertake an institutional cleanup drive in a bid to drum up the urgent call for a cleaner workplace in preparation for the 5S program implementation.    Mayor Climaco said this is an initial step to a more dynamic approach to advocate cleanliness in city offices that will later on involve the entire Zamboanga City.

According to the Lean Manufacturing Tools, 5S is a simple tool for organization workplace in a clean, efficient and safe manner to enhance productivity, visual management and to ensure the introduction of standardized working.

5S as a methodology has come out of the techniques within Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and from the Toyota Production System (TPS). However many of the individual components such as creating ergonomic and efficient work places can be seen to owe their roots to people such as Taylor for his work on “scientific management” and Frank Gilbreth’s “time and motion studies.”

Frank Gilbreth showed that by improving the ergonomics of a bricklayers working methods he could reduce the number of individual movements required and increase the hourly output from 120 to 350 bricks laid each hour, according to leanmanufacturingtools.org. — Sheila Covarrubias