5S Audit Checklist

  • Audit Date

  • Prepared by

  • Department


  • Area is tidy and well kept

  • Adequate storage space is provided for required tools/equipment

  • Floor is free of obstructions, trip hazards, and trash

  • Any opening in the floor is guarded or covered

  • Aisles are sufficiently wide for fork truck traffic

  • Aisles are clearly marked (identifying walkways, machine locations, etc.)

  • Walkways are guarded, if necessary

  • Area waste bins are tidy and not overflowing

  • Waste bins are used for appropriate materials

  • Empty pallets stored in designated area

  • Empty pallets are stored lying flat

  • Floor is free of equipment not in use

  • Floors are cleaned

  • Floors/Workstations are free of excess dust

  • 5S tape is appropriately marked/Colors are used correctly:<br><br>Red = Fire / Danger / Stop<br>Red/White = Nonconforming material (NCM)<br>Yellow/Black = Work in progress (WIP)<br>Blue = Staging area<br>Purple = Top shelf items<br>Green = Ready to ship product<br>Yellow = Aisle boundaries<br>Grey = Production/Taki boards<br>Green/White = Waste cans<br>Black/White = Support material/equipment<br>Orange = Bulk storage

  • 5S Tape is in good condition (clearly displayed, no tears, fully adhered to the floor)

  • Workstations are free of supplies not in use <br><br>(You will likely need to ask the operator to verify what supplies are in use versus what supplies are not in use to be able to answer this question)

  • Workstations have all required tools/supplies needed to fulfill the required job duty <br><br>(You will likely need to ask the operator to verify what supplies are needed day-to-day to ensure everything they need is at their workstation. Each item should have a designated place within the workstation for this to be marked as "Yes")

  • Nonconforming material (NCM) has a designated location

  • Nonconforming material (NCM) is cleared in a timely manner <br><br>(The same material should not be in the NCM designated location month-to-month).

  • All cardboard removed, except where necessary for goods storage. <br><br>Cardboard must be kept at minimum level

  • Workstations are organized - a place for everything and everything in its place

  • There is no excess dust on/around workstations

  • Are tools/parts/equipment correctly stored and within taped lines?

  • Are racks, push carts, shelves, and other storage areas properly labeled?

  • Are access walkways, storage areas, work areas, test/inspection areas, materials, staging areas, and nonconformance areas clearly marked?<br>

  • Are all tools and equipment properly organized?

  • All calibration labels are present and in date (where applicable)

  • Production signs are clear and present<br><br>(Can easily distinguish what part of the process each respective area is related to via signs/visual markers)

  • Frequently used items are within easy access between knee and shoulder

  • Stored items are adequately secured and stable

  • Warning and safety signage in good condition

  • Area is free of food and drinks

  • Is shelving secured correctly and in safe condition?


  • Lighting is adequate for operators to have full visibility

  • Lighting covers and fixture are secured

Emergency Procedures

  • Extinguisher of appropriate type is visible in the area

  • Extinguisher is easily accessible and clear from any obstructions

  • Evacuation routes are clearly visible

  • Evacuation routes are clearly marked based on current location (ex: route should have an identifier pointing current location and closes evacuation route)

  • Emergency exits are clearly marked

  • At least two (2) employees are aware of the closest emergency exit/evacuation route in case of an emergency

  • Fire lanes, if applicable, are clear and free from obstructions

  • Emergency exits are clear and free from obstructions

First-Aid Kits

  • Operators have knowledge of where the first-aid kits are stored

  • First-aid kits are easily accessible

  • First-aid kits are stocked

  • First-aid kit contents are in date

  • Names and contacts of USFC first-aiders are displayed


  • Power cords and other cables are in good condition (no exposed cables, broken cables, etc.)

  • Power cords and other cables are off the floor or placed away from walkways

  • Power strips are not daisy-chained (power strips must be connected to the wall outlet directly. One power strip cannot be connected to another power strip to serve as an extension cord)

  • Power strips and other cables are secured to carts/workstations, if applicable


  • ESD mats are grounded

  • ESD mat calibration label is present and legible

  • ESD mat calibration label is in date

  • What is the due date?

  • ESD wrist straps are being worn and in the appropriate method

  • ESD tester calibration label is present and legible

  • ESD tester calibration label is in date

  • What is the due date?

  • ESD log book is current and being filled out correctly


  • Operators are knowledgeable on the chemicals used in their area

  • Chemical safety data sheets are available

  • Chemicals are labeled properly

  • Proper PPE is worn for protection against the chemical in use, per SDS

Power Vehicles

  • Pallet jacks are in approved area(s), not in walkways, or creating safety hazards

  • Forklifts are driving in approved areas only

  • Forklift drivers are using their horns when approaching an intersection

  • Operators use the domes to check for incoming forklift traffic before crossing at an intersection

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