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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Conduct post-blast investigations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117482  Conduct post-blast investigations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Bomb Disposal and Explosives Control 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  11 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2004-12-02  2007-12-02  SAQA 1057/04 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2008-12-02   2011-12-02  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
258018  Conduct a post-blast investigation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  11  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for learners in the field of bomb disposal and explosives who conduct post-blast investigations

A learner credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Receive and record information
  • Take control of the scene
  • Conduct a safety sweep
  • Dispose and take necessary actions regarding secondary hazards
  • Demarcate and investigate the scene
  • Reconstruct the explosive device
  • Conclude the administration process 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • UNIT STANDARD: Demonstrate an understanding of the history and origin of explosives, the impact and effects of explosives and explosions
  • UNIT STANDARD: Identify, apply and implement different blasting accessories, initiating systems and blasting techniques
  • UNIT STANDARD: Identify and explain explosives
  • UNIT STANDARD: Identify and explain explosive ordnance (EO)
  • UNIT STANDARD: Dispose of explosives and munition
  • UNIT STANDARD: Identify, explain and apply basic electronic relevant to bomb disposal field
  • UNIT STANDARD: Identify and explain switches and/or triggering devices
  • UNIT STANDARD: Identify and explain Improvised Explosive Devices (IED)
  • UNIT STANDARD: Handle bomb incident
  • UNIT STANDARD: Conduct searching and sweeping
  • UNIT STANDARD: Conduct and Execute Bomb Disposal
  • UNIT STANDARD: Identify and Explain Non Destructive testing techniques
  • UNIT STANDARD: Conduct planning, briefing and debriefing sessions
  • UNIT STANDARD: Handle unconventional mine warfare incidents
  • UNIT STANDARD: Handling and securing of weaponry caches
  • UNIT STANDARD: Apply explosives tactically for the breaching of obstacles
  • UNIT STANDARD: Apply the dynamics of robotics in bomb disposal field
  • UNIT STANDARD: Apply Chemical, Biological and Radiological Countermeasures 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Receive and record information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The information regarding the incident is received and noted according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The safest route is determined and taken to the scene. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Necessary action is taken to ensure own safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The necessary equipment and accessories are identified and selected for the incident. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The vehicle is parked at a safe position at the scene according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Take control of the scene. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Arrival at the scene is confirmed at the crime scene manager according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The scene is cordoned off according to the nature of the bomb threat according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The inner cordon of the scene is identified and taken control of according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The crime scene manager is informed about actions to be taken according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct a safety sweep. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The inner cordon is swept for possible secondary hazards according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The identified hazards are marked according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Dispose and take necessary actions regarding secondary hazards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The necessary actions are taken to ensure that the inner cordon is safe according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The necessary steps and/or actions are taken to dispose the secondary hazards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The secondary hazards are disposed of according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demarcate and investigate the scene. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The inner cordon, identified scene and/or area is demarcated according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The smaller demarcated areas are swept and all possible evidence are identified and marked according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All possible evidence are photographed, collected, packed, sealed and noted according to organizational policies and procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
  • Possible evidence includes samples and swabs.
  • Letters of request for analysis are prepared and forwarded to relevant role-players. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All collected evidence is handed over to the crime scene technician according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The inner cordon is handed back to the crime scene manager according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Reconstruct the explosive device. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The type of explosive device is determined according to the nature of the scene. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Remnants of the explosive device are recovered according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The explosive device is reconstructed according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Photos and documentation are obtained regarding the systematic reconstruction of the explosive device according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The data basis is updated according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Conclude the administration process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All relevant statements are compiled and included in the case docket for further investigations according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All documentation regarding the incident are completed and handed in for filing within the case docket according to organizational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Preparations is made to testify in court according to organizational policies and procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Candidates are assessed against these assessment criteria. An assessor observes currently employed candidates carrying out their normal work duties.They may also be asked to carry out simulated tasks and to answer written and/or oral questions. Candidates studying towards a Unit Standard, and who are not currently employed, will also be assessed using variety of assessment tools.
  • 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 must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures

    The standard describes competent performance in doing physical techniques that will enhance their job performance, and lay down the criteria by which competence should be judged, as well as the range of circumstances in which competence should be demonstrated.

    Integrated assessment methods and tools will allow the candidate to demonstrate that she/he has acquired knowledge of and can safely and effectively apply competence identified in this unit standard.

    These tools include the following:
  • In-site (on-the-job) observations
  • Role-play simulations
  • Structured group discussions
  • Written reports (e.g. tests, exams, case studies, projects, registers, logbooks, workbooks)
  • Verbal report backs (presentations)
  • Portfolios of evidence
  • Projects (physical visits to Government Departments)
  • Experiential learning
  • Working in teams
  • Scenario sketching

    These methods must be carefully selected based on the purpose of the assessment (For example, the written method of assessing knowledge or on-job demonstration of practical competence). The assessment must integrate a number of different methods in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes.

    Level

    This unit standard should develop learners who demonstrate:
  • A comprehensive knowledge base as indicated in the embedded knowledge component
  • An understanding of the discipline/field's fundamental terms, rules, concepts and principles
  • Familiarity with some of the essential procedures, operations and techniques of this field
  • An ability to use a range of procedures to solve routine problems
  • Basic information gathering, analysis and presentation skills
  • An ability to communicate and present information clearly and reliability following prescribed formats and conventions 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A comprehensive understanding of the relevant legislation (Explosive Act 26 of 1956) and Regulations, and procedures and practices.
  • A foundational understanding of the handling of unconventional mine warfare incidents, receiving and recording information, taking control of the scene, sweeping, disposal of secondary hazards, demarcate and investigation principles, reconstruct of explosive device and administration process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Decision-making must be developed in this standard during practical exercises. Learners must be left to make their own decision, which must be debriefed.
  • Creativity needs to be developed by measuring learner's performance to the principles rather than a specific technique.

    The following policing specific outcomes must be assessed;
  • Courage to take risk and even put own life at risks to safe others.
  • Discipline to accept instructions and policy.
  • Physical ability to do the job (includes fitness and health required to move in the field with the sections without putting themselves in danger).
  • Patriotism and loyalty to the country and its entire people. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    High emphasis is placed on problem solving ability during exercises. Exercises and scenarios have a variety to ensure problem-solving ability is developed and not stereotyped step that the person cannot apply in practice. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Ability to be a team player in order to establish synergy during joint operations and in teams. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize one self and ones activities during the conducting of post-blast investigations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organize and critically evaluate information during the conducting of post-blast investigations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Technology ability in using equipment such as switches. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems during the conducting of post-blast investigations. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 258018, which is "Conduct a post-blast investigation", Level 5, 11 credits.

    Supplementary Information:

    Specified Requirements
    Specified requirements include legal and legislative specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Criminal Procedure Act
  • Constitution Act
  • South African Police Service Act
  • Explosive Act 26 of 1956

    Context Specific
    Organizational policies and procedures regarding bomb disposal
    Explosive device refer to but not limited to:
  • Improvised Explosive Device
  • Conventional Explosive Ordnance
  • Combination of the above
  • Chemical, biological and Radiological device
  • Combination of all

    Requirements of a portfolio

    Valid, reliable and authentic evidence (presented as a portfolio of evidence) from past achievements and experience, which serves to supplement the assessment of, applied competence.

    The portfolio may include inter alia:
  • Written statements from persons (e.g. current and/or previous employer, colleague, peer, manager, external customers) confirming competence of the learner
  • Relevant certificates or awards
  • Previous assessment records
  • Journals/logbook


    Credits

    Classroom: 18 Hours
    Structured learning in the workplace: 42 Hours
    Coaching/mentoring: 10 Hours
    Self study : 40 Hours
    Other: -

    Total: 110 Hours
    Credits: 11 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49124   National Diploma: Bomb Disposal  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-12-02  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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