5S Red Tags
The first “S” in the 5S System is “Sort” which means to sort through and sort out. Tag items in your work area that are no longer needed to clear the area of clutter. A quick rule of thumb is – if you are not going to use it in the next 30 days then move it out of the immediate work area. Clearing unneeded items out of the immediate work space is the first step to having control over your area. 5S Red Tags identify: the item, who moved it, the date it was moved and the reason it was moved (such as: not used here, obsolete, capital item not needed, broken and so on). Other information can be written on the tag as needed.
5S Red Tag Holding Area
Move your tagged items to the 5S Red Tag Holding Area for disposition. The 5S Red Tag Holding Area is a temporary area where items can be held until the disposition is made such as: keep, recycle, donate, sell, etc. The professional looking tag helps your team take 5S seriously and is actually part of the 4th “S” in 5S – Standardize and the 5th “S” Sustain. Have plenty of these 5S Red Tags handy and available so you can tag anytime with a 5S Red Tag Holder 3-pack. The 5S Red Tag will continually remind us that we need to be vigilant so that items do not clutter our work areas.
Remember the slogan for Sort, “When in doubt, move it out.”
Our simple pre-printed 5S Red Tags have a spot to write:
- the person’s name
- the date they tagged the item
- the item name or description
- the reason for tagging
- 250 per pack
- Pre-attached wire
- 3″ x 5″
- Free Kanban Replenishment Card with each order
So, why are 5S Red Tags Red?
Well, they are called 5S Red Tags. It’s because the tag color was originally red. The color catches your eye and gets your attention as in “something is wrong”. The tag is a temporary way to distinguish between what is right and what is wrong; meaning “hey, see this red tag over here – this item probably doesn’t belong here.”
Check out our 5S Sticky Tags