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A Red Tag is a labeling tool used in the Sort phase of a 5S as employees try to determine what’s necessary in a given workspace. They then place questionable items into a holding area and attach a red tag or label to each item. The information on a Red Tag can vary, but the goal is to determine if anyone thinks the item is necessary and, if so, in what quantity. Items are “red tagged” for a limited period of time and then given away, sold or recycled resulting in a less cluttered and more organized work area.

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Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Master Black Belt at, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. For over 30 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Marriott International, Inc. build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.
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