A workshop on ‘5S and Kaizen Methodology’ was organised by the Belgaum Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in association with TUV SUD South Asia, here on Saturday.

The objective of the event, conducted under the guidance of the Quality Council of India, was to educate members on quality tools and technology.

According to a release issued by the BCCI here on Tuesday, 5S is a reference to five Japanese words, which is a mnemonic for a methodology that is often incorrectly characterised as ‘standardised clean-up’. However, it is much more than clean-up. It is a philosophy and a way of organising and managing workspace, the release said.

Kaizen is a daily activity, the purpose of which goes beyond simple productivity improvement. It is a process that humanises the workplace and teaches people to perform experiments on their work through scientific methods. Programme coordinator Sridhar Uppin and BCCI president Satish Tendulkar stressed the need for quality management systems in the present competitive industrial age, the release added.