Unit of competency details

SITHACS006A - Clean premises and equipment (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to SITHACS006B - Clean premises and equipmentE within Version 2 Unit updated to ensure coverage of skills for sustainability. 31/Dec/2010

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 05/May/2009


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  14/Dec/2009 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to carry out general cleaning duties as part of a job role in a tourism or hospitality enterprise or any other service industry context. It does not include contract cleaning which is covered by the Asset Maintenance Training Package.

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

Application of the Unit

This unit requires the application of techniques to clean both wet and dry areas as well as knowledge of cleaning equipment and materials, including key safety and environmental issues. A person undertaking this role works under guidance and supervision.

In a tourism and hospitality context this unit would usually be undertaken in conjunction with specialist operational units such as SITHACS005A Prepare rooms for guests and SITHCCC004A Clean and maintain kitchen premises.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor



Employability Skills Information

The required outcomes described in this unit of competency contain applicable facets of employability skills. The Employability Skills Summary of the qualification in which this unit is packaged will assist in identifying employability skills requirements.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised  text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge and/or the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria 


Performance Criteria 


Select and set up equipment and materials.


Select equipment  according to type of cleaning to be undertaken.


Check that all equipment is clean and in safe working condition prior to use.


Select and prepare suitable wet and dry cleaning agents and chemicals  according to relevant manufacturer and OHS and environmental requirements .


Select and use protective clothing  where necessary.


Clean wet and dry areas and associated equipment.


Take account of potential customer inconvenience in scheduling and performing cleaning tasks.


Prepare wet and dry areas  to be cleaned and identify any hazards .


Barricade the work area, or place warning signs as appropriate to reduce risk to colleagues and customers.


Select and apply correct cleaning agents or chemicals for specific areas, according to manufacturer recommendations , safety procedures and enterprise policies and procedures.


Select and apply correct agents and chemicals for particular equipment or surfaces.


Use equipment correctly and safely.


Dispose of garbage and used chemicals according to hygiene, safety and environmental legislation requirements.


Maintain and store cleaning equipment and chemicals.


Clean equipment after use according to enterprise requirements and manufacturer instructions.


Carry out or arrange routine maintenance  according to enterprise procedures.


Identify equipment faults  and report them according to enterprise procedures.


Store equipment in the designated area and in a condition ready for re-use.


Store chemicals according to health and safety requirements.

Required Skills and Knowledge

This section describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

The following skills must be assessed as part of this unit:

organisational skills to prepare equipment and materials for a given cleaning context

literacy skills to interpret product labels and safety instructions

numeracy skills to calculate quantities of chemicals and other cleaning agents.

The following knowledge must be assessed as part of this unit:

specific requirements of state and territory OHS legislation relating to cleaning operations

environmental legislation that impacts on cleaning operations

safe handling of common cleaning equipment used in the relevant work context

safe handling and treatment of common hazards encountered in areas to be cleaned, including all those listed in the range statement.

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.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

understanding of the importance of cleaning services to the overall quality of service provided by the organisation

ability to select and use relevant equipment and cleaning agents safely, efficiently and according to acceptable enterprise cleaning routines and timeframes

demonstration of skills through cleaning both wet and dry areas

completion of cleaning tasks within commercially realistic timeframes.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure access to:

areas to be cleaned, including a range of different surfaces such as carpet, marble, ceramic, wood, clay, rubber, vinyl, leather, woodwork, painted surfaces, crystal, mirrors and glass, terrazzo, slate and granite

cleaning equipment and cleaning agents that reflect current industry practice, including:

cleaner's trolley

chemical dispenser

sink and sluice sink

storage areas

appropriate chemicals, detergents, deodorisers, polishes and sanitisers

cleaning products, including glass and multi-surface, cream and acid

range of cloths, including dry, wet, lint-free and dusting

toilet brush and toilet cleaning cloth

protective gloves

bucket, mop and floor rags

range of brooms, brushes, rags and dusters for different surfaces

window squeegee mop and extension poles

'wet floor' or 'cleaning in progress' signs

syringe bin and tongs

access to sanitary disposal systems

polishing machine

automatic scrubber.

Methods of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

direct observation of cleaning and maintenance activities

oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of cleaning and maintenance procedures, materials equipment and legislation

review of portfolios of evidence and third-party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate.

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended.

Assessing employability skills 

Employability skills are integral to effective performance in the workplace and are broadly consistent across industry sectors. How these skills are applied varies between occupations and qualifications due to the different work functions and contexts.
Employability skills embedded in this unit should be assessed holistically with other relevant units that make up the skill set or qualification and in the context of the job role.

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 in the performance criteria is detailed below.

Equipment  must include:

electrically operated equipment such as scrubbers, polishers and vacuum cleaners

brushes and brooms

mops and buckets

dusters and pans

garbage receptacles.

Cleaning agents and chemicals  may include:

general and spot cleaning agents

cleaning agents for specialised surfaces, including window and glass cleaners




furniture and floor polishes.

OHS and environmental requirements  may include:

enterprise policies and procedures related to cleaning operations and disposal of used chemicals

legislation related to general workplace safety, hazardous substances, and manual handling and storage requirements

enterprise security procedures.

Protective clothing  may include:




goggles and masks


waterproof clothing and footwear


breathing apparatus.

Wet and dry areas  may include:





private lounge areas

internal and external public areas

function rooms

storage areas.

Hazards  may include:


breakages, including broken glass

wet or slippery surfaces

broken or damaged furniture



needles and syringes

used condoms

sharp objects, including knives and skewers

human waste

surgical dressings

fat and oil

heated utensils and surfaces

sharp food scraps, including bones and crustacean shells.

Manufacturer recommendations  may include:

cleaning and maintenance guidelines

dosage and dilution of chemicals

safety requirements.

Routine maintenance  is undertaken according to planned, preventative maintenance programs and may include:

wiping down and cleaning

washing and rinsing


drying out

dismantling and reassembling


Equipment faults  may include:


damage to parts, surfaces, electrical cords and connections.

Unit Sector(s)


Competency field

Accommodation Services