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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|National Diploma: Occupational Safety|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|79808||National Diploma: Occupational Safety|
|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|
|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|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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|
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:
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:
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
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?|
|This qualification comprises a minimum of 242 credits compiled as follows:
Mining and Minerals Specialisation (Learning Programme ID 79829):
|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.
Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community.
Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information.
Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral/written persuasion.
Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
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:
|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 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:
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.
|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 following conclusions may be drawn from the comparison.
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.
|The Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner career pathway:
Still to be generated:
This qualification articulates vertically as indicated in the pathway.
Horizontal articulation is possible with the following qualifications:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|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||8|
|Core||11273||Apply Fundamental Concepts of Supply Chain Management Optimisation||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|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||6|
|Core||244287||Conduct a baseline risk assessment and take appropriate action||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||7|
|Core||244523||Conduct an ergonomic assessment and take appropriate action||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Core||244508||Conduct an issue-based risk assessment and take appropriate action||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||9|
|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||4|
|Core||115217||Deal with hazardous materials||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||244288||Demonstrate understanding of occupational health and safety legislation in the workplace||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||119034||Develop an incident management plan||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Core||15219||Develop and implement a strategy and action plans for a team, department or division||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|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||4|
|Core||114226||Interpret and manage conflicts within the workplace||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||15136||Manage health and safety on a construction project||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|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||6|
|Core||244284||Monitor report and advise on the safety principles pertaining to sources of mechanical energy||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Core||15230||Monitor team members and measure effectiveness of performance||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|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||5|
|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||3|
|Core||244290||Motivate for a clean development mechanism (CDM) project||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Core||110526||Plan, organise, implement and control record-keeping systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||244285||Promote occupational health and safety in the work place||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|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||8|
|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||8|
|Elective||15234||Apply efficient time management to the work of a department/division/section||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|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||8|
|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||6|
|Elective||117854||Facilitate meetings to deal with conflict situations||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||116394||Implement and manage human resource and labour relations policies and acts||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||9|
|Elective||119924||Interpret and apply provisions of the Labour Relations Act relating to organisational rights||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|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||8|
|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||8|
|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||Min Credits||Learning Prog End Date||Quality
|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.