Increasing Safety and Productivity Through 5S and Visual Workplace


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Course Overview

A robust 5S visual workplace process is the foundation for any continuous improvement management strategy e.g. lean manufacturing, Six Sigma or operational excellence. Learn step-by-step tools and techniques along with templates for each S (sort, set-in-order, shine, standardize and sustain).

See examples for each S during two plant tours that will demonstrate how 5S improves workplace safety, productivity, and teamwork.

Who Should Attend?

  • VPs and Directors of Operations
  • Plant Managers 
  • Project Managers
  • Continuous Improvement Leaders 
  • Value Stream Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Team Leaders
  • Anyone responsible for creating and sustaining a safe and highly productive workplace

Course Outline

Welcome and Overview

  • Lean overview
  • Five principles of lean           
  • How 5S supports lean
  • Eight wastes


  • Red tagging strategy
  • Needed vs unneeded       
  • 24 hour rule
  • Red tag criteria
  • Documentation control


  • Standardization                 
  • Visual controls
  • Deciding locations for tools and supplies
  • Shadow boards and signage
  • Principles of motion economy


  • Shine guidelines
  • Assignment matrix
  • Checklists


  • 3S conditions and habits
  • Unbreakable standards
  • Job cycle checklists
  • Standard work


  • Promotion tools
  • Action item boards
  • Storyboards
  • Bulletin boards
  • Audits


  • Training - 5S lunch and learn modules
  • Developing a company-wide implementation plan
  • Change management considerations
  • Kaizen events


Steve Boeder

Steve Boeder is the director of the Erdman Center for Operations and Technology Management at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, School of Business. In his role, he over sees the full time MBA program for the OTM specialization and instructs courses for undergraduate/graduate students at the Wisconsin School of Business. Prior to joining UW–Madison, Mr. Boeder spent 35 years in various manufacturing leadership roles including: director of operations with the Vollrath Company, Dane, WI, materials manager with Alkar, Lodi, WI and Trek Bicycle, Waterloo, WI.


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Jon Wellik

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