What’s Included in the 5S Audit Check List?
Because the 5S Methodology relies on organized, standard practices and processes to improve and sustain quality in production, the 5S check sheet divides each of the housekeeping stages that are graded from zero to four, with zero being unacceptable and four meaning outstanding or perfect.
Click on the image to the right to see an example of a 5S check sheet and you’ll see that to the right on the chart, the first column lists action items. Column headings include the five housekeeping items of 5S--sort, straighten, shine, standardize, and sustain. For each action item, the auditor who analyzes the 5S process can grade each item to determine a score. In this 5S check sheet, a perfect score would be 280 if all action items were given the highest mark of a four.
A substandard 5S process would show a much lower score. However, because the 5S audit check quickly identifies the areas that need improvement, the 5S auditor can pass on the information to the 5S leader, usually top management.
Upon receipt of the 5S audit check sheet, the leaders of the process are then able to determine if additional steps, tools or methods are needed to sustain the production process.