In a manufacturing environment, the 5Ss in practice can result in considerable improvements in environmental performance in parallel with improved housekeeping and health and safety. The 5Ss in theory are a set of straightforward steps to continual improvement. In practice implementation of the 5Ss is influenced by human factors and resource limitations that can interfere with the effectiveness of the technique. Effective implementation of the 5Ss depends on top level commitment and total involvement of staff at all levels within a firm. Likewise, environmental management that results in real improvement depends upon commitment at the top and involvement and commitment of employees from all levels and functions of the business, in improvement actions. This paper explores the practical use of the 5Ss for environmental, housekeeping and health and safety improvement purposes at Cooke Brothers Ltd. The factors that act as barriers to the implementation of the 5Ss, possible solutions and the benefits to the firm through observed and measured improvements in environmental performance are identified.
O’hEocha, M. (2000), "A study of the influence of company culture, communications and employee attitudes on the use of 5Ss for environmental management at Cooke Brothers Ltd", The TQM Magazine, Vol. 12 No. 5, pp. 321-330. https://doi.org/10.1108/09544780010341923Download as .RIS
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