Unit of competency details

MSMWHS205 - Control minor incidents (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMOHS205A - Control minor incidentsSupersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMOHS205A Control minor incidents 14/Dec/2015

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 15/Dec/2015

Training packages that include this unit


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 061301 Occupational Health And Safety  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 061301 Occupational Health And Safety  29/Apr/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMOHS205A Control minor incidents


This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to control minor incidents. The general purpose of this initial response is to prevent any incident from escalating. In the event of an incident this person may be expected to respond to an incident team member in accordance with procedures.

The unit of competency applies to most operations personnel and some non-operations personnel. It covers skills and knowledge beyond what is typically covered in an induction program, but does not require specialist training, such as is given to members of an incident response team.

Generally the person would be part of a team during an incident response. However, he/she may be required to take independent action. At all times they would be liaising and cooperating with other members of the team.

This unit applies to all sectors of the industry.

This unit will assist individuals to meet some of their obligations under relevant state/territory legislation. However, the unit must be contextualised to ensure compliance with specific regulatory requirements that may apply in a sector, jurisdiction, or type of organisation.

Organisations within the chemical, hydrocarbons and refining industries may find themselves falling under the provisions of various Major Hazard Facilities legislation. In developing this unit consideration has been given to the requirements of Sections 8 and 9 of the National Standard for the Control of Major Hazard Facilities [NOHSC:1014 (2002)] and the National Code of Practice for the Control of Major Hazard Facilities [NOHSC:2016 (1996)].

This unit does NOT apply to more significant incidents where higher levels of incident response competencies may be required.

No other licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit


Competency Field

Work health and safety

Unit Sector

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element


Evaluate the  incident


Recognise an incident has occurred or is about to occur


Assess the incident for type of response and the likely effectiveness of first response action


Identify the hazards arising from the incident


Raise the alarm and seek assistance as required


Select appropriate response to control incident


Determine hazard control measures to be employed


Recommend evacuation if appropriate


Control the incident 


Maintain personal safety at all times


Confine the incident to the area of origin where possible


Select appropriate equipment to control incident


Use equipment in accordance with procedures


Clear and secure the incident area


Monitor the incident and surrounding conditions and modify response as appropriate


Hand over to specialist incident response personnel as appropriate


Conclude the incident control 


Report the use of equipment according to procedures


Mark or position incident control equipment after use to indicate it requires servicing or replacing


Participate in incident debrief and report in accordance with procedures

Foundation Skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential to performance.

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range of Conditions

This field allows for different work environments and conditions that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) are included.

Regulatory framework 

The latest version of all legislation, regulations, industry codes of practice and Australian/international standards, or the version specified by the local regulatory authority, must be used, and include one or more of the following:

  • National Standard for the Control of Major Hazard Facilities [NOHSC:1014 (2002)] (where applicable)
  • National Code of Practice for the Control of Major Hazard Facilities [NOHSC:2016 (1996)] (where applicable)
  • legislative requirements, including work health and safety (WHS)
  • industry codes of practice and guidelines
  • environmental regulations and guidelines
  • Australian and other standards
  • licence and certification requirements


All operations must be performed in accordance with relevant procedures.

Procedures are written, verbal, visual, computer-based or in some other form, and include one or more of the following:

  • emergency procedures
  • work instructions
  • standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • safe work method statements (SWMS)
  • temporary instructions
  • any similar instructions provided for the smooth running of the plant

Minor incidents 

Minor incidents include one or more of the following:

  • fires of the A,B,C,D,E and F classes
  • fuel and other spills, and losses of containment (LOC)
  • process overheating
  • equipment failure


Hazards include one or more of the following:

  • smoke, darkness and heat
  • heat, smoke, dust or other atmospheric hazards
  • electricity
  • gas
  • gases and liquids under pressure
  • structural hazards
  • structural collapse
  • equipment failures
  • industrial (machinery, equipment and product)
  • equipment or product mass
  • noise, rotational equipment or vibration
  • limited head spaces or overhangs
  • working at heights, in restricted or confined spaces, or in environments subjected to heat, noise, dusts or vapours
  • fire and explosion
  • flammability and explosivity
  • hazardous products and materials
  • unauthorised personnel
  • sharp edges, protrusions or obstructions
  • slippery surfaces, spills or leaks
  • extreme weather
  • other hazards that might arise


Equipment includes one or more of the following:

  • fire doors
  • fire sprinkler systems
  • fire alarm systems
  • first aid kits
  • fire-extinguishers
  • hoses not requiring special training
  • smoke vents
  • spill control kits
  • personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • other hazard control equipment defined in procedures

Appropriate personnel 

Appropriate personnel include one or more of the following:

  • employer
  • supervisor
  • employees elected as WHS representatives
  • other personnel with WHS responsibilities

Unit Mapping Information

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMOHS205A Control minor incidents


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Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSAPMOHS205A Control minor incidents

Performance Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy the requirements of the elements and performance criteria and demonstrate the ability to:

  • recognise an incident
  • evaluate the incident and select an appropriate response
  • check equipment and apply correct follow-up procedures.

Knowledge Evidence

Evidence must be provided that demonstrates knowledge of:

  • classification of fires and other incidents relevant to job/site
  • types and application of first response equipment and personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • limitations of first response equipment
  • situations that must not be responded to because of the risk to life
  • scope and limitations of own role and responsibilities
  • appropriate personnel for referral and reporting.

Assessment Conditions

  • Competency must be achieved before performing this work unsupervised. Therefore this unit will typically be assessed off the job. Where assessment is undertaken on the job, appropriate supervision and safety precautions must be provided.
  • The unit should be assessed holistically and the judgement of competence based on a holistic assessment of the evidence.
  • The collection of performance evidence:
  • should provide evidence of the ability to perform over the range of situations which might be expected to be encountered, including typical disruptions to normal, smooth work conditions
  • must include the use and actual deployment of appropriate tools, equipment (e.g. fire-extinguishers and spill kits) and safety gear requiring demonstration of preparation, operation, completion and responding to problems
  • may use simulated fires, losses of containment or other incidents
  • is not expected to require the use of a fire ground or similar.
  • Off-the-job assessment must sufficiently reflect realistic operational workplace conditions that cover all aspects of workplace performance, including environment, task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.
  • Assessment in a simulated environment should use evidence collected from one or more of:
  • walk-throughs
  • demonstration of skills
  • industry-based case studies/scenarios
  • ‘what ifs’.
  • Knowledge evidence may be collected concurrently with performance evidence (provided a record is kept) or through an independent process, such as workbooks, written assessments or interviews (provided a record is kept).
  • Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.
  • Conditions for assessment must include access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required, including relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications associated with this unit.
  • The regulatory framework will be reflected in workplace policies and procedures and is not required to be independently assessed.
  • Foundation skills are integral to competent performance of the unit and should not be assessed separately.
  • As a minimum, assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 assessor requirements.


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