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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of preventative maintenance, environmental and safety issues in a computer environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114636  Demonstrate an understanding of preventative maintenance, environmental and safety issues in a computer environment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Information Systems and Technology 
QUALITY ASSURING BODY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 10 - Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences Information Technology and Computer Sciences 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular-Fundamental  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2015-07-01  2018-06-30  SAQA 10105/14 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2019-06-30   2022-06-30  

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 is designed to provide credits towards health and safety in the work environment, specifically applicable to the computer industry.

Qualifying learners are able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of preventive maintenance measures and procedures of computer hardware;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of safety measures and procedures of a computer working environment;
  • Explain environmental protection measures and procedures of a computer working environment.

    The performance of all elements is to a standard that allows for further learning in this area. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit value is based on the assumption that people starting to learn towards this unit standard are:
  • Competent in Communications Literacy at NQF level 2
  • Able to describe basic concepts of Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
  • Able to describe basic concepts of electricity
  • Able to identify basic computer components 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard covers:
    The health and safety requirements related to the computer environment. More detailed range statements are provided for specific outcomes and assessment criteria as needed. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the use of preventive maintenance measures and procedures. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the use of preventive maintenance measures and procedures of computer hardware. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The demonstration identifies the causes of computer hardware maintenance. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Over heating, Dust, Electrical Spikes, Thermal creep.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The demonstration covers preventive measure for the causes of computer hardware maintenance. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Ventilation, Liquid cleaning compounds, Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS).
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the use of safety measures and procedures. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the use of safety measures and procedures of a computer working environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The demonstration explains safety measure for different types of fires and which applies to computer environments. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: A, B and C types of fires.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The demonstration covers potential hazards and safety procedures relating to the computer environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: High-voltage equipment, Power supply, Screens.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The demonstration cover Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) and precautions for it. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Conductive rubber mat with grounding cable, grounding wrist strap, Goggles.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain environmental protection measures and procedures of a computer working environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation covers handling of computer components. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Screens, Batteries.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The explanation covers handling of computer peripheral components. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Printer toner cartridges, Chemical solvents and cans.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The relevant Education and Training Quality Authority (ETQA) must accredit providers before they can offer programs of education and training assessed against unit standards.

    Moderation Process:

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

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that the possession or lack of the knowledge can be inferred directly from the quality of the candidate's performance against the standards.
  • The different hardware components of a computer, and their basic functioning
  • Peripherals used in a computer environment 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify, solve problems and make decisions:
  • Identify hazards, plan contingencies and identify solutions to hazardous situations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise, and critically evaluate information:
  • Gather, organise and interpret health and safety information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • Use scientific solutions to problems, like rubber maps, grounding wrist strap etc. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to his/her full personal development and the social and economic development of the society at large:
  • Being aware of the potential environmental hazards of computer and computer-related equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following general 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 judgments 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: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Supplementary information:

    Definitions:
    A, B and C type fires refers to standard industry known definitions of types of fires. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE QUALITY ASSURING BODY
    Core  78964   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Technical Support  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2018-06-30  MICTS 
    Core  24293   National Certificate: Information Technology: Technical Support  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2010-01-23  Was MICTS until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  61591   National Certificate: Information Technology: End User Computing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2018-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  78965   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Systems Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2018-06-30  MICTS 
    Elective  24294   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Systems Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2010-01-23  Was MICTS until Last Date for Achievement 


    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 Quality Assuring Bodies 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 Quality Assuring Body should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Abetech 
    2. Abongile Computer Co-operative Limited 
    3. Academy of Business and Computer Studies- PTA 
    4. Academy of Guilds ''design in the making'' 
    5. Academy of Learning IT 
    6. Act of Grace 97 
    7. Acts Bridges Community Development Programme 
    8. Added Advantage Academy (Durban) 
    9. Addskills 
    10. Affirmations Training 
    11. Agattu Trading 273 (Pty) Ltd 
    12. Anderson College (Pty) Ltd 
    13. Aspirations Communication Training CC 
    14. Awona Technologies cc 
    15. Azanian Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    16. Bantsho Marketing & Management Strategies 
    17. Believers Care Society 
    18. BESEK COLLEGE 
    19. Best Information Solutions 
    20. Bhekuza Leadership Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    21. Bill Dos Be Connected 
    22. Blazing Moon Corporate Training (Pty) Ltd 
    23. Bokamoso Competence (Pty) Ltd 
    24. Boland College 
    25. Bonalesedi Computer Training 
    26. Bophelo Tota ICT Driving Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    27. Bright Idea Projects 2082 CC 
    28. Broad Spectrum Training Div 
    29. Broadband College of Technology 
    30. Buhlebuyeta Training and Consulting 
    31. Bulamahlo Telecentre 
    32. Calandra Trading 523(PTY) 
    33. Calicom Trading 215 (Pty) Ltd 
    34. Cape Information Technology Initiative 
    35. Cape Town Society for the Blind 
    36. Careers IT 
    37. Careers IT (Pty) Ltd 
    38. Certified Workforce Trainers cc. 
    39. Claas Illustration 
    40. College of Cape Town - City Campus 
    41. Come Again Printing Services cc 
    42. Commerce and Computer College of South Africa 
    43. Community Shakers Cc 
    44. CompEd IT Training 
    45. Compus training institution 
    46. CREATIVE MINDS - RANDBURG 
    47. Creative Minds: Graaff-reinet 
    48. Critical Skills Training 
    49. CYBER MINDS (PTY) LIMITED 
    50. Daily Training Cc 
    51. Dantall 
    52. Das Information Technology College 
    53. DESTO (PTY) LTD 
    54. Diepsloot Youth Projects 
    55. Ditlotlo Trading Enterprise Cc 
    56. DR BA Mthethwa College 
    57. DVG Property (Pty)Ltd 
    58. Dynamix Computer Training Centre 
    59. Eagle Computer Training 
    60. Eagle High IT Training 
    61. Edu-Fix Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    62. Egsibit Training and Development 
    63. Ekukhanyeni Community Development Centre 
    64. Ekurhuleni Computer College 
    65. Fakazani Management Services 
    66. Falcon Business Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    67. Fatlhogang Housing & Services Primary Co-Op Ltd 
    68. Fosuitektel Computer Training Institute 
    69. Four Stars Communication 
    70. Funanani Computer Centre 
    71. Futurevista cc 
    72. Gabasega Consulting and Training Centre 
    73. Gateway Academy and Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    74. GDE Science Education Centre 
    75. Gegana Computer Academy and Business Solutions cc 
    76. Gijima Ast 
    77. Giyatu Computers 
    78. Golden Step Campus (Pty) Ltd. 
    79. Great Height IT College 
    80. Great North Skills Training Centre 
    81. Green World Training College cc 
    82. Hascow Project Management and Services 
    83. Holy Cross Computer Training College 
    84. IALE School of Advanced Learning and Education (Pty) Ltd 
    85. Ict International Consulting Training Worx Pty Ltd 
    86. Igugulesizwe Projects NGO 
    87. Ikageng Technologies Co-operative 
    88. iLearn Training PTY LTD 
    89. Imbumba Technologies and Communications (Pty) Ltd 
    90. Imvana Training College 
    91. Information Technology Resource Centre 
    92. Inyanga Trading 415 (PTY) Ltd 
    93. IQRA Computer Institute of Excellence 
    94. iSolve Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    95. IT Solution on the Moving Edge CC 
    96. Ithemba Lentsha Skills Development Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    97. Itireleng Computer 
    98. Jonda Learnership Academy 
    99. Kaelo Computer Training cc 
    100. Keybase Training Solutions Cc 
    101. Kezla Investments 
    102. Khombindlela Skills Development Centre 
    103. Khuphulanani Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    104. KNOWLEDGE RESOURCE GROUP COLLEGE 
    105. Konani Training and Development Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    106. Kondi Computer Training 
    107. Kuhle Projects Cc 
    108. Kumani Computer College 
    109. Kundi Computer Training Centre 
    110. Kwahlwa Kwasa Multimedia Centre 
    111. Leading Edge Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    112. Leanco Business Services & Training Centre CC 
    113. Lephalale Core Skills Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    114. Leseding Computer Systems (Pty) Ltd 
    115. LGIT Smart Solutions 
    116. Li Hills Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    117. Limco Consulting and management (Pty) Ltd 
    118. Limptech Computer Training Centre 
    119. LMoss Trading cc 
    120. Loja Trading cc 
    121. Lompec Commercial Centre 
    122. M-cot Corporate Training 
    123. Magnifica (Pty) Ltd 
    124. Makau Tours and Skills Development 
    125. Malope IT Solutions 
    126. Mamelodi Community Information Services 
    127. Masana Brainstorm 
    128. Mash Computer Training 
    129. Mason Call Centre Solutions CC 
    130. Mass Computer Training And Printers 
    131. Masungulo Electronics And It Solutions 
    132. MEGRO LEARNING LOWVELD 
    133. Mini Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    134. Mmashiko Community Projects 
    135. Mokk Consultants Cc 
    136. Mont De Dieu 
    137. Mosadikago Trading Cc 
    138. Moshi Computer College 
    139. Mourema Computer Training Centre 
    140. Mpande Technologies cc 
    141. MSTC Business College 
    142. National Computer College 
    143. National Computer College Carletonville 
    144. NCM Computer and Business Academy 
    145. Ndabezitha Life Skills Training Institute 
    146. Nduku Information Tech Services 
    147. Neo Technologies (pty) Ltd 
    148. New Africa Higher Education Academy 
    149. New Arizona Communications & Training 
    150. New Life Computer College 
    151. Ngubeni and IT Trading and Projects 
    152. Nicoflora Computers & PC Engineering (Pty) Ltd 
    153. NIIT ANTILLES N.V. (INCOPORATED IN CURACAO N.A.) 
    154. NZ Business and Technology Training 
    155. ODU COMPUTER SKILL TRAINING CENTRE 
    156. On the Ball Computers 
    157. Osma Computer Training & Printing 
    158. PC Training & Business College 
    159. Peak Training Hazyview 
    160. Pelox Trading 62 T/A NBCC Staff Solutions 
    161. Perfect Graphic Art & Design 
    162. Phangami Technologies 
    163. Phokophela Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
    164. Pillays Computer and Careers 
    165. Power rush trading 6 
    166. Prime -Tec Computer Centre 
    167. Procomp Computer Services cc 
    168. Progressive College of Technology (Pty) Ltd 
    169. Prompt It Solutions 
    170. Pz Security Services (pty) Ltd 
    171. Quantum Career Development (PTY) LTD 
    172. Rainbow Nation Skills Development (Pty) Ltd. 
    173. Regent-Computer 
    174. Rivoni Training N Communications 
    175. Ropzide Training Centre 
    176. Rorisang Computer (Pty) Ltd 
    177. Rotondwa Communit Development Projects 
    178. SABHIBA Computer Training 
    179. Sankin Computer Training CC 
    180. SEBATA Institute of Consulting and Development 
    181. Security and Property Services Cc 
    182. Sed General Trading Enterprise 
    183. Setlagole Telecentre 
    184. Shuma Computer Training Centre 
    185. Silulo Ulutho Technologies 
    186. Silver Solutions 940 
    187. Simlau Biztec Academy 
    188. Sivile Housing Association RSA 
    189. Siyabonga Multi - Purpose Centre 
    190. Skills House (Pty) Ltd 
    191. Sonke Technologies 
    192. South Africa Advanced Skills Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    193. St Austins College (Pty) Ltd 
    194. Success Christian Training Centre 
    195. Sunset beach trading 433 cc 
    196. T Mabuya & Associates (Pty) Ltd 
    197. Targagenix Training Center (Pty) Ltd 
    198. Technology Corporate Management (Pty) Ltd 
    199. Terrantshonga General Trading 
    200. Terry Computer Services 
    201. Thalita Koume Directions (Pty) Ltd 
    202. The e-Junction cc 
    203. The Orbital ICT Centre Cc 
    204. The Ulwazi Computer Training Center 
    205. Thekwini Technologies 
    206. Tiso Coaching Services 
    207. Titan Trade Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    208. Toli Computer School and Other Services 
    209. Toppro Training 
    210. Torque Technical Computer Training (Pty) Ltd 
    211. Tshiredo Training Academy Cc 
    212. Tshwane North College for FET - Mamelodi Campus 
    213. TSS MANAGED SERVICES (PTY) LTD 
    214. Tumelo Education and Training 
    215. Turfloop Training Services Cc 
    216. Victory Ticket 580 cc 
    217. Virtual Afrika Business Solutions cc 
    218. VR Computers 
    219. Vukani Solutions 
    220. Vuthlari Marketing Consulting 
    221. Wise Training Centre 
    222. Work Skills Resources 
    223. Xantium Trading 304 
    224. Xtensive ICT Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    225. Xylo Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    226. Youmessi Trading cc 
    227. Young Angels Centre for Technology 
    228. Youth Life Skills Development 
    229. Zealot Business College cc 
    230. Zinjiva Trading 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.