Good housekeeping is employed across all production facilities
Manufacturing facilities should be an important resource for promoting your business, instilling customers with confidence in your operational capabilities. Good housekeeping is fundamental to creating a working environment where people can take pride in their workplace and feel satisfaction in coming to work
Key Issues
·         Good housekeeping requires everyone to accept responsibility for the cleanliness and appearance of their work area and take pride in it
·         The Japanese introduced five ‘S’ as an effective way of promoting the good practices needed to establish an appropriate working environment 
·         In Japanese, the five S’s are Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, and Shitsuke. No direct translation exists, but the concepts are broadly as follows:
o    Sort - throw out everything that is not directly necessary for current operations, including equipment, documentation, components, tools
o    Segregate - organise and arrange items close to where they are used and establish finite limits on the number of items held.
o    Shine - clean the area, equipment and tooling, encouraging people to take care of facilities and eliminate possible quality, safety and personal health problems resulting from dirt, dust and a poor working environment.
o    Strengthen - adopt the first three ‘S’s as a normal way of working. Reinforce it by measuring performance and encouraging people to identify problems and resolve them by teamwork.
o    Standard - insist that people follow procedures and work to defined standards.
·                     Managers must invest time and money in the overall appearance of facilities and ensure that the following, where appropriate, are in place:
o     Materials should be well organised and stored in appropriate containers
o     Cells/modules should be clearly marked out and have their own identity
o     Floors should be painted/tiled
o     Employees should be provided with standard work wear
o     Teams should maintain prominent displays of relevant information
o     Signs should conform to national standards (where available), be visible and be obeyed
o     Rest areas that meet the needs of the workforce should be provided
o     Equipment should be maintained to a high standard and free of leaks etc
o     The appearance of equipment should reflect the pride your people take in their work
o     Waste materials should be collected, controlled and disposed of safely
o     Managers should undertake regular, surprise, audits that score a range attributes.  Any deficiencies should result in prompt corrective action
Factors for Success      
Factors to  Avoid
1.     Managers clearly set the standards they expect and monitor achievements
2.     Managers acknowledge people’s efforts and say ‘thank you’ for their ongoing support
1.     Complacent management that fails to provide the necessary leadership
2.     Expecting dilapidated facilities to be restored with a quick coat of paint
Who does this apply to?
Everyone in your company must accept their responsibilities for a clean working environment that provides competitive advantage
Realisable Benefits
Healthier employees working in a safe environment


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