How many of you have started using in your organisations 6S (adding safety) instead of 5S?
Do you see it as something that management strongly believes in or it is more around the Covid hype?
How would you spot the management or board of directors who just want to safety-wash?
5S vs. 6S: Which is Better?
When looking at the differences between [removed] you don’t really want to compare them in a ‘better or worse’ type of scenario. Instead, it is best to ask which of the two will better meet the needs of a facility.
In a workplace where there are significant hazards, and safety is a real concern, it makes a lot of sense to [removed] . In environments where there are very few significant risks, and the general day to day activities are quite safe, the 6th S may be unnecessary.
In fact, adding the 6th S in otherwise very safe environments could be seen as wasteful. When following 6S it is necessary to take the time to evaluate how different activities will impact the safety of the facility. This can be a waste of time when a change is taking place in an office building, for example.
Safety is Always Key
Whether you are following 5S or 6S, companies today must understand that [removed] . Gone are the days when companies looked at safety improvement as a burdensome and expensive necessity. Instead, companies today largely realize that a safe workplace is one where there is less downtime, higher morale, more productivity, and an overall higher bottom line. Choosing the right workplace organization strategies to meet your needs will come down to looking at the specifics of your situation and taking steps to better meet the overall needs of the company.