Confined Space Awareness

National Unit Code MSMWHS201


The program provides participants with an awareness of the WH&S and legislative requirements and procedures to ensure the health and safety of persons required to work in confined spaces.

The aim of this program is to provide awareness, skills and knowledge required to conduct a hazard analysis including job safety analysis (JSA), job hazard analysis (JHA), job safety and environmental analysis (JSEA), safe work method statement (SWMS) tasks that relate to confined space work.


  • 4 hours


This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to conduct a hazard analysis. These are typically called:

  • job safety analysis (JSA)
  • job hazard analysis (JHA)
  • job safety and environmental analysis (JSEA)
  • safe work method statement (SWMS)

 It is not intended to apply to simpler routine hazard checks, such as ‘Take 5’, Step Back 5x5’, five step or similar. This might be done as an independent activity in order to identify hazards and the appropriate hazard controls, or it might be done as part of a broader process, such as identifying and applying for the permits required for a job.

The conducting of a hazard analysis may be required under a safety case, by organisation procedures or simply as being good practice.


1. Define the context for the hazard analysis
2. Identify hazards
3. Assess risks
4. Control risks
5. Monitor and review risk controls

This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team or group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.