5S & the Visual Workplace Survey Results ​

Discover how EHS professionals are using the 5S system in their organizations, where visual controls such as red tag area signs, shadow boards, and site boards are used to improve safety by making information readily available to employees.


The pillars of 5S are Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain. Many are taking these principles a step further to include Safety—a sixth S!


Highlights from the survey results include:

  • Nearly two-thirds of survey participants have either partially or fully implemented a system based on 5S principles.
  • 37% of respondents have no red tagging policy, a central element of the “Sort” concept of 5S.
  • Nearly one-half of respondents educate employees on the 5S system during toolbox talks.


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