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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Diploma: Occupational Safety 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
79808  National Diploma: Occupational Safety 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Occupational Health and Safety 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Diploma  Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services  Preventive Health 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  242  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 10105/14  2015-07-01  2018-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2023-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

This qualification enables learners to identify, monitor, advise and report on occupational safety factors, which may have a detrimental effect on the safety of workers in the workplace. The qualification is designed for safety, health and environmental (SHE) practitioners, middle management and persons managing occupational safety.

Learners credited with this qualification are capable of:
  • Performing essential inspections, measurements and evaluations to ensure occupational safety in the workplace.
  • Communicating effectively using language skills in the modes of oral and written presentation.
  • Applying legislation applicable to the working environment.
  • Describing occupational safety concepts and principles in the workplace.
  • Operating personal computers and computer systems.
  • Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information about occupational safety conditions, using science and technology effectively and critically to measure them in the workplace.
  • Identifying and solving problems to make responsible decisions regarding workplace occupational safety hazards.
  • Ensuring a safe and healthy workplace environment by identifying occupational safety hazards and dealing with them.
  • Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community to attain operational competence in occupational safety.

    Rationale:

    There is a critical need in the industry for a practical qualification in occupational safety, to allow qualified learners to manage and apply safety principles. This qualification contributes to the continuum of higher education qualifications along the safety-education and training pathway.

    Learners credited with this qualification are likely to be working in the occupational safety, hygiene and environmental disciplines. This qualification is the next step in a career path in one of the areas of specialisation in Occupational Safety and Hygiene and is generic enough to allow maximum mobility within the field of application.

    The compilation of the qualification is based on the specific requirements of the Safety Practitioner and includes the execution of both the safety and managerial aspects. This qualification also ensures that the Safety Practitioner can manage safety and gain the required exposure for further education, training and development.

    Learners are required to integrate practical skills with essential knowledge, to be able to take proactive and reactive measures in order to maintain a healthy and safe environment.

    In South Africa and internationally, the social and economic impact of occupational safety is significant. This qualification aims to meet the demand for learners who are able to facilitate a safe, healthy and productive occupational environment.

    This qualification will augment the objectives of the NQF by:
  • Creating an integrated national framework for learning achievements pertaining to occupational safety.
  • Facilitating access to, and mobility and progression within the safety environment regarding education, training and the career paths of learners.
  • Enhancing the quality of education and training with specific reference to the safety environment.
  • Enhancing equal opportunities regarding education, training and employment.
  • Contributing to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the nation at large. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 4.

    Proven existing competence in the FETC: Occupational Hygiene and Safety, NQF Level 4 and the National Certificate: Occupational Safety, NQF Level 5 will further facilitate learning towards this qualification.

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

    This qualification can be achieved wholly, or in part, through recognition of prior learning. Evidence of competency can be presented in a variety of forms, including previous international or local qualifications, reports, portfolios including work and performance records.

    Learners who have met the requirements of any unit standard that forms part of this qualification may apply for recognition of prior learning to the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA) or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification comprises a minimum of 242 credits compiled as follows:
  • Fundamentals: All 8 Fundamental credits are compulsory.
  • Core: All 214 Core credits are compulsory.
  • Electives: A minimum of 20 credits must be attained in the Elective component.

    Mining and Minerals Specialisation (Learning Programme ID 79829):
  • ID 15234: Apply efficient time management to the work of a department/division/section, Level 5, 4 credits.
  • ID 114274: Demonstrate and apply an understanding of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (Act 75 of 1997), Level 5, 8 credits.
  • ID 114273: Demonstrate and apply an understanding of the Labour Relations Act with respect to Collective Agreements and Bargaining Councils, Level 5, 6 credits.
  • ID 117854: Facilitate meetings to deal with conflict situations, Level 5, 8 credits.
  • ID 116394: Implement and manage human resource and labour relations policies and acts, Level 5, 9 credits.
  • ID 119924: Interpret and apply provisions of the Labour Relations Act relating to organisational rights, Level 5, 4 credits.
  • ID 119955: Interpret and apply the codes of good practice and guidelines in the Labour Relations Act and Sectoral Determination, Level 5, 8 credits.
  • ID 13647: Investigate options for improved environmental management and sustainable living, Level 5, 16 credits.
  • ID 117845: Restore and build relationships in dealing with conflict, Level 5, 8 credits.
  • ID 10146: Supervise a project team of a developmental project to deliver project objectives, Level 5, 14 credits.
  • ID 115759: Conduct moderation of outcomes-based assessments, Level 6, 10 credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Communicate in a business environment through the application of acceptable communication techniques.

    2. Apply labour relations legislation to ensure a productive and harmonious working environment.

    3. Advise on, facilitate and evaluate risk assessment techniques and processes.

    4: Identify hazardous conditions within a workplace and take action to control the associated risks.
    > Range: All actions taken must be in accordance with specified procedures and requirements.

    5. Develop control measures and programmes in line with management guidelines, within integrated SHE contexts.

    6. Facilitate implementation of integrated control measures and programmes.

    7. Evaluate the effectiveness of control measures and programmes within a specified workplace.

    8. Analyse incidents to identify deficiencies in the SHEQ control measures and programmes.

    9. Maintain the process of continual improvement as part of a larger team.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    This qualification addresses the following critical cross-field outcomes, as detailed in the associated unit standards:

    Identifying and solving problems in which responses indicate that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.
  • Evident to Specific Outcome 3, 4, 5, 8, 9.

    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community.
  • Evident to Specific Outcome 1, 3, 5, 6, 8.

    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Evident to Specific Outcome 1, 2, 4, 6.

    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information.
  • Evident to Specific Outcome 3, 5, 6, 8.

    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral/written persuasion.
  • Evident to Specific Outcome 1, 3, 5, 6, 9.

    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • Evident to Specific Outcome 3, 4, 6, 7.

    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
  • Evident to Specific Outcome 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

    Learning programmes directed towards this qualification will also contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large, by making individuals aware of the importance of:
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities; and developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit level Outcome 1

    1.1 Meetings are chaired and conducted in a manner that facilitates good business practice.
    1.2 Written and verbal communication is conducted along prescribed business channels.
    1.3 Business reports are generated using various data gathering techniques.
    1.4 Presentations are delivered in a professional business manner.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit level Outcome 2

    2.1 Minor workplace problems are managed immediately to prevent solve conflict situations.
    2.2 Remedial actions to problems are based on the clear application of legislative and procedural requirements.
    2.3 Conflict management skills are applied according to behaviour intervention initiatives.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit level Outcome 3

    3.1 The fundamentals of Risk Management are applied to a given situation.
    3.2 Base line and issue based risk assessment techniques are facilitated and advised on.
    3.3 Risk assessment processes are evaluated to ensure continual improvement.
    3.4 Ergonomic risks are assessed and appropriate action taken in accordance with the relevant specified requirements.
    3.5 Remedial actions pertaining to risk assessments are managed and the required reports, with recommended follow-up actions and dates are recommended.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit level Outcome 4

    4.1 Workplace hazards and associated risks are identified, assessed and control measures applied to prevent accidents.
    4.2 Workplace hazards and risks are recorded and reported accordingly.
    4.3 Follow-up assessments are conducted and addressed accordingly.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit level Outcome 5

    5.1 Measures to ensure integrated safety, health and environment quality (SHEQ) control are developed for the relevant department/division/section.
    5.2 Action plans are implemented in terms of specified management requirements.
    5.3 SHEQ Management systems are applied within an organisation.
    5.4 Incident management plans are designed to suit a specific situation.
    5.5 A record keeping system is created and implemented within a department/division/section.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit level Outcome 6

    6.1 A strategy for the department/division/section is developed with a work group.
    6.2 Safety plans, systems and procedures are developed, implemented, monitored and reported on.
    6.3 The record keeping system is maintained and updated according to a specified timetable, as well as when required by circumstances.
    6.4 Safety principles pertaining to specific SHE issues are applied, monitored, reported and advised on within a specific work environment.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit level Outcome 7

    7.1 A plan to verify compliance of current systems and documentation with the applicable standards is designed and implemented.
    7.2 Emergency plans and procedures are compared to specified standard requirements.
    7.3 Performance standards and systems are monitored for compliance with acceptable HR practices.
    7.4 Systems for a sustained safe and healthy work environment are based on generally accepted practice and monitored for compliance and outcome.
    7.5 Emergency action plans are simulated regularly and the outcomes reported on to the relevant authority.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit level Outcome 8

    8.1 Theories and principles of incident investigation are applied in the analysis.
    8.2 Incident investigation processes are carried out according to the incident management plans.
    8.3 Incident review and follow-up processes are carried out to minimise recurrence of similar incidents.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit level Outcome 9

    9.1 Performance standards and monitoring systems are established within a specified working environment.
    9.2 Productivity and service excellence are managed in line with chosen specified models and all changes and corrective actions taken are communicated to management.
    9.3 Relevant personnel are trained in new procedures and requirements in agreement with management.

    Integrated Assessment.

    Integrated assessment is carried out as a series of structured, evidence gathering processes throughout the period of learning. The learner's performance is assessed through the use of a range of methods and culminates in a final or summative assessment.

    Methods include, but are not limited to:
  • Written and oral tests.
  • Simulation.
  • Peer group presentations.
  • Written reports and work plans.

    The assessment criteria in the unit standards are performance-based, assessing applied competence rather than only knowledge, or skills. Workplace experience can be recognised when assessing this qualification. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    In the effort to establish the international comparability and the suitability of the qualifications and its component unit standards it was again confirmed that Occupational Health and Safety training in the SADC region is almost non-existent as reflected in process reports submitted earlier for qualifications at NQF levels three and four.

    The search focus then had to shift towards all other countries that might have Occupational Health and Safety qualifications at this level. The search also identified current qualifications and new initiatives at South African tertiary institutions, as well as proposed qualifications put forward by the Institute of Safety Management. A number of international qualifications were identified as representative of a few schools of thought in tertiary education in Occupational Health and Safety and placed on a matrix with the South African initiatives, to compare content and depth as best as possible.

    This comparison highlighted the issue that terminology used worldwide in the field of occupational health and safety is not standardised. Therefore comparisons have a substantial element of subjectivity due to interpretations in this regard. Furthermore, subject content and depth had to be assessed in terms of titles, level of subject and very brief descriptions of the available subjects/aspects used for comparison. This clearly also increased the level of subjectivity of comparisons.

    During the comparison, two main aspects on which to base the comparisons, were isolated:
  • The number of qualifications in which a subject/aspect were represented, as an indication of the significance or importance of the aspect to be included in an Occupational Safety qualification at this level.
  • The number of subjects/aspects represented in a qualification as an indication of how well that qualification covers the breadth of possible aspects in the field of Occupational Safety.

    The following conclusions may be drawn from the comparison.
  • The National Diploma in Safety proposed by the SGB OHS includes more subjects/aspects out of a possible 87, of all the qualifications used for comparison. The National Diploma covers 38% of the possible aspects. The qualification that provides the next best coverage is the National Certificate in Safety as proposed by the SGB, which covers 29% of subjects/aspects and the next closest then only covers 23% of subjects/aspects.
  • Of the 12 aspects isolated as being the most significant across the board (represented in six and more of the 13 qualifications), the proposed Diploma covers all except two. These are the Fire Safety Training and Safety Management in Industry/Safety Management/Principles of accident causation and prevention. Fire safety and prevention were not included at this level of the SAQA qualifications as these were covered at the lower NQF levels, and have also been identified for inclusion at higher-level qualifications. Safety Management in Industry/Safety Management/Principles of accident causation and prevention were considered at be at too high a level for inclusion in the proposed qualifications and will be addressed at the next NQF Levels.
  • As can be expected most of the qualifications (and groupings of qualifications) from other countries, cover the significant aspects well. However, of the other qualifications used in the comparison, the Australian qualifications (Certificates III, IV and Diploma) and the BSc qualification of Central Missouri State University (CMSU) do best by covering nine of the twelve subjects/aspects.

    It is thus concluded that the proposed Diploma compares very favourably with a selection of qualifications from all over the world, and in fact, covers more of the different subjects/aspects of Occupational Safety than any other qualification in the world. The qualification focuses on aspects specifically required in Southern African conditions and thus addresses our specific needs. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner career pathway:
  • ID 48804: National Certificate: Occupational, Safety, Hygiene and Environment, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 50062: National Certificate: Occupational Hygiene and Safety, NQF Level 3.
  • ID 50063: Further Education and Training Certificate: Occupational Hygiene and Safety, NQF Level 4.
  • ID 58625: National Certificate: Occupational Safety, NQF Level 5.
  • ID 58786: National Diploma: Occupational Safety, NQF Level 5.

    Still to be generated:
  • National First Degree: Occupational Safety.
  • Masters Degree: Occupational Safety.
  • PhD degree: Occupational Safety.

    This qualification articulates vertically as indicated in the pathway.

    Horizontal articulation is possible with the following qualifications:
  • National Diploma: Occupational Hygiene
  • National Diploma: Inspection and Enforcement Services
  • National Diploma: Labour Relations
  • National Diploma: Management 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any provider offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider by the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Assessors must:
  • Be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Be in possession of a relevant qualification at least at NQF level 6.
  • Have at least five years experience in the OHS sector and/or be a subject matter expert in this learning area. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  117701  Address safety, health and environmental requirements and hazards in a technical context  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  11273  Apply Fundamental Concepts of Supply Chain Management Optimisation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  244514  Apply occupational health, safety and environmental legislation in the workplace  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Core  119953  Apply principles of dispute management in labour relations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Core  244518  Apply specialist incident investigation techniques to a specific incident in a work environment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  244287  Conduct a baseline risk assessment and take appropriate action  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  244523  Conduct an ergonomic assessment and take appropriate action  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  244508  Conduct an issue-based risk assessment and take appropriate action  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  15231  Create and use a range of resources to effectively manage teams, sections, departments or divisions  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  115217  Deal with hazardous materials  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  244288  Demonstrate understanding of occupational health and safety legislation in the workplace  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  119034  Develop an incident management plan  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  15219  Develop and implement a strategy and action plans for a team, department or division  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  244283  Facilitate the development, implementation and maintenance of a Safety, Health and Environment management system  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Core  119032  Identify and deal with dangerous goods  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  13 
    Core  9224  Implement policies regarding HIV/AIDS in the workplace  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  114226  Interpret and manage conflicts within the workplace  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  15136  Manage health and safety on a construction project  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  116785  Manage requirements related to quality and other standards  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Core  113851  Manage the transportation of dangerous goods  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  244284  Monitor report and advise on the safety principles pertaining to sources of mechanical energy  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  15230  Monitor team members and measure effectiveness of performance  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  244282  Monitor, report and advise on the safety principles applying to non-electrical and non-mechanical sources of energy  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  244521  Monitor, report and advise on the safety principles pertaining to a transport management system  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Core  244286  Monitor, report and advise on the safety principles pertaining to sources of electrical energy  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  244290  Motivate for a clean development mechanism (CDM) project  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  110526  Plan, organise, implement and control record-keeping systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  244285  Promote occupational health and safety in the work place  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  13640  Research and analyse an environmental issue in terms of principles of environmental justice and sustainability and recommend possible solutions  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  13102  Apply the processes of planning and control as it relates to budgeting, standard costing and decentralised control  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  15 
    Fundamental  10622  Conduct communication within a business environment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  15234  Apply efficient time management to the work of a department/division/section  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  114274  Demonstrate and apply an understanding of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (Act 75 of 1997)  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  114273  Demonstrate and apply an understanding of the Labour Relations Act with respect to Collective Agreements and Bargaining Councils  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  117854  Facilitate meetings to deal with conflict situations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  116394  Implement and manage human resource and labour relations policies and acts  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  119924  Interpret and apply provisions of the Labour Relations Act relating to organisational rights  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  119955  Interpret and apply the codes of good practice and guidelines in the Labour Relations Act and Sectoral Determination  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  13647  Investigate options for improved environmental management and sustainable living  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  16 
    Elective  117845  Restore and build relationships in dealing with conflict  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  10146  Supervise a project team of a developmental project to deliver project objectives  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  14 
    Elective  115759  Conduct moderation of outcomes-based assessments  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Originator Pre-2009
    NQF Level
    NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
    Assurance
    Functionary
    NQF Sub-Framework
    58786  National Diploma: Occupational Safety  Generic Provider - Field 09  Level 5  Level N/A: Pre-2009 was L5  242     HW SETA  OQSF 
    79829  National Diploma: Occupational Safety: Mining and Minerals  Generic Provider - Field 09  Level 5  Level N/A: Pre-2009 was L5  242     MQA  OQSF 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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