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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Investigate life threatening hazards when handling animals 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116381  Investigate life threatening hazards when handling animals 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 
The learner achieving this unit standard will be able to evaluate reactions to animal behaviour risks, report symptoms and causes of deviant behaviour, investigate life-threatening hazards and analyse cause and effect of defensive behaviour, so as to design programmes for animal management. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of agriculture and animal husbandry to the benefit of the industry.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in animal defensiveness and behaviour and will be able to operate in an animal production environment implementing sustainable and economically viable production principles.

They will be capacitated to gain access to the mainstream agricultural sector, in animal production, impacting directly on the sustainability of the sub-sector. The improvement in production technology will also have a direct impact on the improvement of agricultural productivity of the sector. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will show competence against the following unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 4: Apply procedures to manage damage control in animals and victims.
  • NQF 5: Evaluate animal anatomy and physiology. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Understand and identify all principles related to animal behaviour. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Animals include but are not limited to mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, crustaceans and molluscs, as relevant to the context of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Principles related to animal behaviour are understood and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The manifestations of dangerous behaviour are understood and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The application of the behaviour by man is evaluated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All natural factors that affect and influence animal behaviour are understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Principles for safe animal containment are understood and described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and understand animal behaviour systems and the effects of inappropriate management on the animal resulting in dangerous defensive behaviour. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Animals include but are not limited to mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, crustaceans and molluscs, as relevant to the context of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Animal behaviour systems are understood and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The conditions that lead to dangerous defensive behaviour are understood and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Management systems that minimise risk in animal management are evaluated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify and utilise resources that will allow the safe containment and shelter of animals. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Animals include but are not limited to mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, crustaceans and molluscs, as relevant to the context of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Events in the animal environment that influence safe containment of animal defensive reactions are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Resources in the environment that allow for safe containment of animals are utilised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The inherent legal, business and personal risks involved in animal behaviour systems are understood. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Understand and implement processes and systems that will show an understanding of the causes and effects of defensive behaviour. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Animals include but are not limited to mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, crustaceans and molluscs, as relevant to the context of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The preparation and planning of animal behaviour management systems are understood, illustrated and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The implementation, of animal behaviour management systems concentrating on causes of defensive behaviour, is understood, illustrated and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Systems to support the understanding and management of animal defensive behaviour are plnned and implemented. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The implementation of animal behaviour management systems concentrating on the effects of defensive behaviour, is understood, illustrated and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Quality management procedures related to animal defensiveness behaviour are planned and implemented. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Identify, understand and implement specific management systems to allow for safe animal management in the event of defensiveness. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Animals include but are not limited to mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, crustaceans and molluscs, as relevant to the context of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The biological systems of animals that relate specifically to animal behaviour are understood, illustrated nd described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The factors that affect efficient and effective management of animals including the implementation of safe standards are understood, illustrated and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Biological principles in the management of animals are implemented. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The use of commercial protocol for the efficient confinement and transport of animals is understood. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Develop and manage programmes that cater for the treatment of injured animals and their human managers. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Animals include but are not limited to mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, crustaceans and molluscs, as relevant to the context of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Programmes that cater for the treatment of injured animals are evaluated and developed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Programmes that cater for the treatment of injured persons are evaluated and developed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effectiveness of treatment procedures is assessed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An understanding of the networks available to assist when handling emergency situations is shown. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    An inherent awareness of principles of safe animal management is created in others and themselves. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes; critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • 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 person is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
  • Comprehension, identification and understanding of the specific animal behaviour.
  • Animal science.
  • Sensory observation and evaluation of animal behaviour.
  • Management principles of animal confinement.
  • Animal biology and management.
  • Processing management.
  • Evaluation of the potential of animal behaviour systems.
  • The purpose of learning about animal behaviour systems.
  • Basic agricultural systems.
  • Public relations.
  • Record keeping.
  • Observation and management treatment systems.
  • Evaluation of business risks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem Solving: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: Relates to outcomes:
  • Identify and understand animal behaviour systems and the effects of inappropriate management on the animal resulting in defensive behaviour.
  • Identify and utilise resources that will allow the safe containment and shelter of animals.
  • Understand and implement processes and systems that will show an understanding of the causes and effects of defensive behaviour.
  • Identify, understand and implement specific management systems to allow for safe animal confinement in the event of defensiveness.
  • Be in a position to develop and manage programmes which cater for the treatment of injured animals and their human managers. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-Organisation and Management: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpretation of information: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: Relates to outcomes:
  • Identify and understand animal behaviour systems and the effects of inappropriate management on the animal resulting in defensive behaviour.
  • Identify and utilise resources that will allow the safe containment and shelter of animals.
  • Understand and implement processes and systems that will show an understanding of the causes and effects of defensive behaviour.
  • Identify, understand and implement specific management systems to allow for safe animal confinement in the event of defensiveness.
  • Be in a position to develop and manage programmes which cater for the treatment of injured animals and their human managers. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Science and technology: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The world as a set: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Personal Development: Relates to all outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49011   National Diploma: Animal Production  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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