5S Red Tag Strategy

5S red TAG

Red Tag procedures

Step 1: Select members from various teams

  • Select a high level manager to participate as a team member

Step 2: Identify Red Tag targets

  • Inventory, equipment, supplies, tooling, space
  • Office areas are not exempt from red tagging

Step 3: Define Red Tag criteria

  • Determine what criteria will be used to distinguish a needed item from an unneeded item
  • Example: Save only the items needed to conduct daily business in the area

Step 4: Explain red tag criteria to teams

  • Ensure a good cross-section of people tagging items to prevent “I might need that”
  • Red-tag work area as rapidly as possible

Step 5: Evaluate red tag items

  • Review material which has been red tagged
  • Dispose of truly unnecessary inventory, equipment and other items
  • Teams may retain material which has been red tagged if they can show proper justification
  • Discard any material which is still tagged after a pre-determined time
  • All red tags must be completed and returned to red tag coordinator

Red Tagging Helpful Hints

  • Record information about all tags used on a Red-Tag Log so that dispositioned items can be tracked easily.
  • Make sure everybody understands what is to be red tagged and why.
  • Discourage people from being defensive. Be fair – all areas get tagged!
  • Don’t red tag people.
  • Don’t compromise; IF IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT!
  • Necessary items can be tagged if improvements are known or suggested.
  • Do not put multiple tags on any one object.
  • Make reasonable allowances for decorative items such as family pictures, plants.
  • Disposition all red tags

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