Lean Six Sigma strives to reduce waste and increase efficiency for a process. One of the many techniques used in Lean Six Sigma is 5S. 5S is a technique designed to organize the workplace, maintain cleanliness, and standardize the practices to reduce waste in the workplace.

5S was established in Japan where the five words used to describe this technique all start with “S.” The following table shows the Japanese word, its translation and what it means in the 5S technique: