Unit of competency details

MSACMT240A - Apply 5S procedures in a manufacturing environment (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to MSS402040A - Apply 5S procedures 01/May/2012

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 11/May/2009

Training packages that include this unit

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PMB07 - Plastics, Rubber and Cablemaking Training PackagePlastics, Rubber and Cablemaking Training Package 1.1 
ICP10 - Printing and Graphic ArtsPrinting and Graphic Arts 1.0-2.1 
LMF02 - Furnishing Training PackageFurnishing Training Package 6.0-8.1 
PUA00 - Public Safety Training PackagePublic Safety Training Package 8.1 
MSA07 - Manufacturing Training PackageManufacturing Training Package 6.0-8.1 
PMA08 - Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training PackageChemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package 2.0-3.1 
PMC10 - Manufactured Mineral ProductsManufactured Mineral Products 1.0 
FPP10 - Pulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry Training PackagePulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry Training Package 1.0-1.1 
AUM12 - Automotive ManufacturingAutomotive Manufacturing 1.0 
UEE11 - Electrotechnology Training PackageElectrotechnology Training Package 1.0 
DEF12 - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 1.0-2.0 
SFI11 - Seafood Industry Training PackageSeafood Industry Training Package 1.0 
LMT07 - Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training PackageTextiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package 3.1-4.0 
FDF10 - Food ProcessingFood Processing 1.0-3.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

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MSA61108 - Advanced Diploma of Competitive ManufacturingAdvanced Diploma of Competitive ManufacturingSuperseded1-2 
AUM20212 - Certificate II in Automotive Manufacturing Production - Bus, Truck and TrailerCertificate II in Automotive Manufacturing Production - Bus, Truck and TrailerSuperseded
ICP30312 - Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Multimedia)Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Multimedia)Superseded
LMT20607 - Certificate II in Clothing Production (Intermediate)Certificate II in Clothing Production (Intermediate)Superseded
MSA20107 - Certificate II in Process ManufacturingCertificate II in Process ManufacturingSuperseded1-2 
FDF20110 - Certificate II in Food ProcessingCertificate II in Food ProcessingSuperseded
LMT30507 - Certificate III in Clothing ProductionCertificate III in Clothing ProductionSuperseded
LMT31210 - Certificate III in Dry Cleaning OperationsCertificate III in Dry Cleaning OperationsSuperseded
SFI20511 - Certificate II in Seafood ProcessingCertificate II in Seafood ProcessingSuperseded
FDF30111 - Certificate III in Food ProcessingCertificate III in Food ProcessingSuperseded1-2 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120505 Work Practices Programmes 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120505 Work Practices Programmes 28/Apr/2009 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit covers the knowledge and skills needed for an employee to apply 5S procedures (a structured approach to housekeeping) to their own job and work area.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

In a typical scenario, an organisation has decided to embark on a competitive manufacturing strategy and as part of this has adopted the philosophy of 5S as one of the tools to move down this path. The employee needs to apply 5S to their job and work area and maintain the housekeeping and other standards set by 5S.

This unit requires the application of skills associated with planning and organising, problem solving and self management, in order to identify and implement 5S housekeeping practices.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance Criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the Element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the Range Statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Sort needed from un-needed

1.1. Identify all items  in the work area

1.2. Distinguish between essential and non-essential items

1.3. Place any non-essential item in a appropriate place, not in the work area

1.4. Regularly check that only essential items are in the work area

2. Set the workplace in order

2.1. Identify the best location for each essential item

2.2. Place each essential item in its assigned location

2.3. After use immediately return each essential item to its assigned location

2.4. Regularly check that each essential item is in its assigned location

3. Shine the work area

3.1. Keep the work area clean and tidy at all times

3.2. Conduct regular housekeeping activities during shift

3.3. Ensure the work area is neat, clean and tidy at both beginning and end of shift

4. Standardise activities

4.1. Follow procedures 

4.2. Follow checklists for activities where available

4.3. Keep the work area to specified standard

5. Sustain the 5S system

5.1. Clean up after completion of job and before commencing next job or end of shift

5.2. Identify situations where compliance to standards is unlikely and take actions specified in procedures

5.3. Inspect work area regularly for compliance to specified standard

5.4. Recommend improvements to lift the level of compliance in the workplace

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • communication
  • planning
  • organising
  • prioritising
  • reading and interpretation
  • recording
  • problem solving

Required knowledge 

  • meaning and application of 5S to their job
  • principles of efficient workplace organisation
  • purposes of 5S
  • procedures relevant to job
  • methods of making/recommending improvements

Evidence Guide


The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, the range statement and the assessment guidelines for this training package.

Overview of assessment requirements 

There should be evidence that the employee is routinely applying 5S principles in their routine work and that they are aware of why 5S is important.

What are the specific resource requirements for this unit ?

Access to a plant implementing/practising 5S. No other specific resources re required.

What critical aspects of evidence is required to demonstrate competency in this unit ?

Evidence of routine practice of 5S as part of their job.

In what context should assessment occur ?

This unit needs to be assessed in a workplace practising, or beginning to implement, 5S.

Are there any other units which could or should be assessed with this unit or which relate directly to this unit ?

This unit could be assessed concurrently with a unit on continuous improvement, or in conjunction with a technical unit related to the process.

This unit differs from MSACMT440A Lead 5S in a manufacturing environment  which applies to those who also need to help others apply 5S.

What method of assessment should apply ?

Assessors must be satisfied that the person can consistently perform the unit as a whole, as defined by the Elements, Performance Criteria, skills and knowledge. A holistic approach should be taken to the assessment.

Assessors should gather sufficient, fair, valid, reliable, authentic and current evidence from a range of sources. Sources of evidence may include direct observation, reports from supervisors, peers and colleagues, project work, samples, organisation records and questioning. Assessment should not require language, literacy or numeracy skills beyond those required for the unit.

The assessee will have access to all techniques, procedures, information, resources and aids which would normally be available in the workplace.

The method of assessment should be discussed and agreed with the assessee prior to the commencement of the assessment.

What evidence is required for demonstration of consistent performance ?

There needs to be evidence that this is a consistent part of their routine work life, and as such, evidence is needed over an extended period.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.


5S is a system of work organisation originally developed in Japan based around housekeeping principles.

A close translation of the five stages in the housekeeping approach is:

  • sort
  • set in order
  • shine
  • standardise
  • sustain


Sort involves keeping only what is absolutely necessary for the production process on the production floor. As a first step, clear the work area of all non-essential equipment and materials. Remove anything either not required to produce the product or adjust the machine during the process. This helps to get rid of a 'just in case' mentality.

Items in work area 

Items in work area include tools, jigs/fixtures, materials/ components, plant and equipment, manuals, personal items (such as bags, lunch boxes, posters), safety equipment and personal protective equipment, and any other item which happens to be in the work area.

Set in order 

After removing unnecessary materials, the remaining materials must be those that are required immediately for either the machine or the job at hand. All of these materials/change/parts etc must have an assigned location on the production floor. Locations should be clearly marked and labelled to show what belongs where.


The work area should be kept clean at all times. Cleaning must be carried out to a regular daily schedule against allowed time and, on most occasions, at the end of a job.


Once 5S is established, standardising activities help maintain the order and the housekeeping standards. Standardising may use procedures and checklists developed from a procedure.


Sustain means making sure that daily activities are completed every day regardless of circumstance. A job should always be cleaned up once finished regardless of the urgency of the next job. Informal inspections should be done often, at least weekly.

Formal inspections of each area should be carried out at least monthly. Specific actions should be followed up. This will generate continuous improvement.


Procedures include all work instructions, standard operating procedures, formulas/recipes, batch sheets, temporary instructions and similar instructions provided for the operation of the plant. They may be written, verbal, computer based or in some other form.

For the purposes of CM, 'procedures' also includes good operating practice as may be defined by industry codes of practice (eg Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Responsible Care) and government regulations.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit Sector 

CM Tools

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Functional area

Functional Area