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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate understanding of sections of the occupational health and safety act (act 85 of 1993) applicable to the water sector 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117003  Demonstrate understanding of sections of the occupational health and safety act (act 85 of 1993) applicable to the water sector 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Water Sector 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
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 qualifying learner achieving this unit standard in combination with context expertise standard(s) will be able to create an awareness of the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and all the relevant regulations that are applicable in the water sector. The competent learner will be able to explain the responsibilities of management in the water industry in terms of the Act and identify instances of non-compliance. The qualifying learner achieving this unit standard will be able to apply the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993) as amended, in combination with context expertise, to ensure compliance in the workplace with the Act. This knowledge will contribute towards the protection of the people in the workplace in accordance with legislation and regulations. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Literacy and communication at NQF level 4 or equivalent 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The Occupational Health and Safety Act
The following sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
Section 8: General duties of employers to their employees.
All clauses.
Section 9: General duties of employers and self employed persons to persons other than their employees.
All clauses
Section 13: The duty to inform.
Clause 13. (a) to (c)
Section 14: General duties of employees at work.
All clauses
Section 15: Duty not to interfere damage or misuse things.
All clauses
Section 16: Chief executive officer charged with certain duties.
All clauses
Section 19: Health and safety committees.
Clause 19.(1) to (7)
Section 20: Functions of health and safety committees.
Clause 20.1(1) to (4)
Section 37: Acts or omissions by employees or mandatories.
All clauses

The following regulations:
Environmental regulations for work places
Definitions and regulations 2 to 12
Facilities regulations
Definitions and regulations 2 to 12
General administration regulations
Definitions and regulations 2 to 17.

Hazardous chemical substances
Regulations 2 to 15
Electrical machinery Regulations.
Regulations 2 to 10
General machinery regulations
Definitions and regulations 2 to 6.
General safety regulations
Definitions and regulations 2 to 12.
Major hazard installation regulations.
Definitions and clauses 2 to 8.
Vessels under pressure regulations.
Definitions and clauses 2 to 16.
Noise induced hearing loss regulations
Regulations 2 to 5
Construction regulations
Regulations 2 to 28
General Administrative Regulation
Regulations 4 to 9 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Demonstrate an understanding of the structure of the Act and the Regulations and the basic principles of the Act. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The structure of the Act and the regulations are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The principle of criminal liability is explained with examples. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The principle of civil liability is explained with examples. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The principle of juristic persons is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The responsibility of the employer and employees are explained in the context of own working environment. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Explain the relevance of Section 16 and 37 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and their application in the workplace. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The duties of the Chief Executive with regards to health and safety as stipulated in Section 16 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act are explained in the context of the work place. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The appointments required to ensure compliance with the Act are explained and workplace examples are provided. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The duties of the different appointments are explained with reference to individual responsibilities and accountability. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Omissions in terms of Section 37 are identified and their effect on the work environment is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Instances that could be regarded as wrongful acts are identified and the effects of these on the working environment are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Explain the relevance of Section 8,9,13,and 14 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and their application in the workplace. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The general duties of the employer with regards to health and safety as stipulated in Section 8 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act is explained and workplace examples are provided. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The general duties of the employer and self-employed persons to persons other than employees with regards to health and safety as stipulated in Section 9 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act are explained and workplace examples are provided. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The duty to inform is correctly interpreted as stipulated in Section 13 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and workplace examples are provided. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The general duties of the employees with regards to health and safety as stipulated in Section 14 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act are explained and workplace examples are provided. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Demonstrate knowledge of the General Administrative Regulations and compliance with these regulations in terms of own workplace. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The availability of an updated copy of the act and Regulation for staff at own workplace is verified as required by General Administrative Regulation 4. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The suitability of the meeting place for workplace safety committee meetings in own workplace (as required by General Administrative Regulation 5) is evaluated and appropriate recommendations are made. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The consultative process for the appointment of Health and Safety representatives is described in terms of General Administrative Regulation 6. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The procedure for reporting incidents and occupational diseases to the Provincial Director of Labour in own workplace is evaluated for suitability in terms of as required by General Administrative Regulation 8. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Examples of recording the investigation of incidents as required by as required by General Administrative Regulation 9 are demonstrated. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Demonstrate knowledge of health and safety representatives and health and safety committees in terms of section 17, 18, 19 and 20. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The procedure to designate health and safety representatives is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The principle behind the designation of health and safety representatives is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The duties of the health and safety representatives are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The purpose and function of the health and safety committee is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Evaluate if the applicable sections of the General Safety Regulations and Major Hazard Regulations are correctly interpreted and applied in the workplace. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The provision of suitable personal health and safety equipment and facilities in terms of general safety regulations 2 is evaluated in own workplace, problems are identified and appropriate corrective action is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The working environment is evaluated according to the General Safety Regulations as contained in the Occupational Health and Safety Act and areas that do not comply are identified and actions to be taken to rectify the problems are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The standard operating procedure for entry into confined spaces is evaluated in terms of General Safety Regulation 5, problems are identified and recommendations are recorded. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
A Major Hazard Installation is identified using a workplace example. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
Evaluate the application of General Machinery Regulations in own workplace. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The provision of a competent person in own workplace terms of Regulation 2 is evaluated and recommendations are recorded where necessary. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Workplace examples of the requirement to Safeguard Machinery in terms of Regulation 3 are provided. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Workplace examples of compliance with General Machinery Regulation 4 are provided. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The constraints on working on moving or electrically alive machinery in terms of General Machine Regulation 6 are explained using workplace examples. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 8 
Explain the applicable sections of the Construction Regulations. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The scope of application in terms of Construction Regulation 2 is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The need for notification of construction work in terms of Regulation 3 is explained. 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
1. Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
2. Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
3. Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
4. Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
1. The Occupational Health and Safety Act, (Act 85 of 1993) as amended, and all relevant applicable regulations.
2. Interpretation of relevant sections of the Act and all associated regulations.
3. Areas of non-compliance and ways to rectify non-compliance to ensure that the situation is rectified. 

UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
N/A 

UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
N/A 


Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.

Assessment criteria:
  • Omissions in terms of Section 37 are identified and their effect on the work environment is explained.
  • Instances that could be regarded as wrongful acts are identified and the effects of these on the working environment are explained.
  • The procedure to designate health and safety representatives is explained.
  • The principle behind the designation of health and safety representatives is explained.
  • The duties of the health and safety representatives are explained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community.

    Assessment criteria:
  • The procedure to designate health and safety representatives is explained.
  • The principle behind the designation of health and safety representatives is explained.
  • The duties of the health and safety representatives are explained.
  • The purpose and function of the health and safety committee is explained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Plan, organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Assessment criteria:
  • The procedure to designate health and safety representatives is explained.
  • The principle behind the designation of health and safety representatives is explained.
  • The duties of the health and safety representatives are explained.
  • The purpose and function of the health and safety committee is explained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the form of oral and/or written presentation.

    Assessment criteria: All 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Assessment criteria: All 

    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.

    Assessment criteria: All 

    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 
    Integrated assessment
    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the unit standards being assessed. Assessors must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge by developing assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment. It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together in an integrated way, thus reducing the overall number of assessments and ensuring that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    The Learner does not have to repeat the law or regulations verbatim but only needs to demonstrate that s/he understands the application of the law and regulations as it affects him/her in the workplace. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  61709   Further Education and Training Certificate: Water and Wastewater Treatment Process Control Supervision  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 
    Elective  59201   National Certificate: Generic Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


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