With the support of “Trade Promotion Program in the Kyrgyz Republic” implemented by International Trade Centre (ITC) and funded by the Government of Switzerland, the 26 Kyrgyz companies were able to take part in workshops on organizing workplaces in line with “5S” philosophy. The Public Association “For Quality” held 3 workshops from May 17 to June 15. The “5S” system – is the method of organizing the working space, the purpose of which is to create optimal conditions to perform operations, maintaining order, cleanliness, accuracy, saving time and energy. “5S” is a lean tool. Order and cleanliness in the workplace, rather than “ordered chaos,” are the basis of all improvements, increased productivity and quality in industrial production and other industries. Only in a clean and orderly environment can be produced defect-free products and services that meet the requirements of customers and the corresponding performance of the applied processes is realized.

 “Some companies understand” the “5S” as a simple procedure: they sweep the workplace, lay out folders for paper, make shelves, organize storage on these shelves, make a layout on the floor and so on. Of course, in the “5S” all this is present. But this is usually not related to the real increase in productivity and the achievement of the goal. We explained at our seminars that “5S” was organized to achieve specific goals: stabilizing the process, organizing an effective workplace, removing actions that do not add value and interfere with the work,” — said Gulnara Jusupjanova, chairman of the Public Association “For Quality”.

36 people from 26 domestic companies took part in the seminars and learned how to consistently identify and solve problems with quality and productivity using the “5S” system. The system helps not only to organize order in the workplace, but also increases safety in the workplace, which is of the same importance as efficiency and quality of products.

Seminars were held in the form of presentation of training materials, questions and answers, interactive discussion of various typical situations with the organization of workplaces. Also, the trainees participated in preliminary audits in individual companies. Following the training, the representatives of the companies expressed their desire to receive similar knowledge and skills in the future, and also noted their readiness to introduce the acquired knowledge in their companies.