Seiso is the third step the lean 5S process. Seiso translates from Japanese as “sweep” or “shine”. However, this translation often contributes to the superficial interpretation that sweeping or shining only relates to making areas subjectively clean or hygienic.
5S is a simple, intuitive, powerful method that can be applied to any workplace or industry from equipment manufacturing to legal services. While 5S creates orderly workplaces it’s far more than simple cleaning or housekeeping. 5S drives continuous improvement in workplaces by systematically exposing waste, making abnormalities visible, and prompting change for the better.