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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate materials handling plant 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
10459  Operate materials handling plant 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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 unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful for people who have the responsibility of extracting and transporting material by means of fixed equipment. People credited with this unit standard are able to
  • Demonstrate understanding of the extracting and transporting of materials;
  • Prepare to operate materials handling plant;
  • Operate the related equipment;
  • Adhere to safe working procedures and
  • Assess the condition of the plant and optimise performance. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Understanding the cement manufacturing process and/or
  • Understanding the lime manufacturing process and/or
  • Understanding the aggregrates manufacturing process 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria.

    Range must include the following:
  • Off-loading equipment
  • Materials transport systems
  • Stacking equipment
  • Blending equipment
  • Reclaiming equipment 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate understanding of materials handling plant. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Basic theory of materials handling is explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Gravitation
  • Liquids and solids
  • Abrasiveness
  • Temperature of materials
  • Segregation
  • Workability/flowability of material
  • Angles of draw/repose
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Components of the materials handling plant and their functions are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Offloading system
  • Feeders
  • Transport system
  • Stacking system
  • Storage and Blending system
  • Reclaiming system
  • Dust suppression and collection
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The operating principles of the plant are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Nature and properties of materials in question
  • Source of material
  • Sampling and blending to meet specifications
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Knowledge of relevant health, safety and environmental issues in accordance with specified requirements is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The specified quality parameters and control methods and the consequences of not adhering to these in accordance with specified requirements, are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare materials handling plant for operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The entire materials handling plant is ready to run in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Pre-start inspections are conducted in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Doors closed
  • Equipment and material removed
  • Instruments in working order
  • Build ups of material in the process
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. All relevant documentation has been completed in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Operate materials handling plant. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The material transport plant and related equipment are started in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The correct material is offloaded and/or reclaimed and transported to the appropriate destination. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Deviations from set parameters are rectified timeously in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The transport plant and related equipment are shut down in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Lock-out procedures and safety regulations are complied with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. All communication, both written and verbal, is effected in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Work is completed in accordance with the agreed outcomes and within the operating capacities of the allocated equipment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Prepare plant for maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The transport plant is stopped in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The plant is prepared for inspection and maintenance using the correct tools and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Plant and auxiliary equipment are inspected in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Documentation is completed in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Comply with Safety, Health and Environmental Requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The PPE and tools appropriate to the task are selected and used in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Work related hazards and associated risks pertaining to the material transport plant are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Lock-out procedures are known, understood and applied in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Work is performed without injury to people or damage to equipment, buildings or plant, in accordance with specified requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.

    3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge, candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes to the standards described in the assessment criteria.. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate`s performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to identify substandard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community.
  • Note: The ability and willingness of the candidate to accept and interpret work instructions correctly. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage himself / herself and his / her activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to indicate what methods, tools and personal protective equipment are required, and to communicate to fellow workers his / her intentions and the assistance required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to reconcile the information from visual and physical examinations and constantly evaluate the changing situation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and / or language skills in the modes of oral and / or written presentations.
  • Note: The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazards and substandard conditions will indicate his / her proficiency in effective communication. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, thus showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • Note: The use of science and technology is not relevant for this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to identify and refer anomalous behaviour to a specialist confirms his / her understanding of the fact that a specific observation, inference, action or decision may have a devastating effect. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember, we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence - of the prescribed type and quality as specified in this unit standard - that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well-documented principles of assessment, namely appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Terminology

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal
  • Relevant Acts, e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act, 1996 (Act No. 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act No. 50/1991)
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice
  • SABS and other relevant standards
  • Chief Inspector of Mines` Directives

    Site Specific
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme
  • Managerial Instructions
  • Mine Standard Procedures
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks
  • Working Guides
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  62869   National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Surface Excavations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    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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