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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Select, use and care for hand tools and basic equipment in environmentally related contexts 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119302  Select, use and care for hand tools and basic equipment in environmentally related contexts 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Environmental Sc/Mgt & Waste Mgt 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 10 - Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences Environmental Sciences 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
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 
In order for me to perform effectively in the field of environmental science, environmental management and waste management, I will be able to:
  • Select the appropriate tools or equipment for the purpose
  • Use the tools or equipment correctly to achieve the purpose
  • Care for and store the tools and equipment

    I will also know and understand:
  • The reasons for the activities I engage in
  • The principles which underpin my activities

    I can be assessed against this unit standard in the context of any activity which is related to managing environmental issues, such as:
  • Clearing invasive species and water courses
  • Land development projects
  • Collecting and processing waste
  • Working in community initiatives with an environmental focus
  • Collecting and processing samples
  • Preventing and responding to pollution
  • Inspecting facilities to prevent pollution or adverse environmental impacts

    The skill, the knowledge and the values reflected in this unit standard form part of the exit level outcomes required for the General Education and Training Certificate in Environmental Practice (NQF Level 1). 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner studying towards this qualification has attained ABET level 3 Mathematics and Communication. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The scope and level of this unit standard is indicated by range statements related to the specific outcomes. This unit standard includes the performance of a range of activities specific to my context which are associated with the use of the tools and equipment.

    The amount of detail and degree of complexity provided in responses to questions and in explanations and descriptions should be appropriate to NQF Level 1. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Select the appropriate hand tools and equipment for a variety of tasks. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Tools and equipment includes: hand tools or implements, hand operated power tools, brooms, scoops, saws, rakes, pruning shears, picks, shovels, hoes, spades, sprayers, cutting and fastening tools, testing and sampling equipment, bins, bags, containers, spill bags, gabions, pipe connectors, safety and personal protective equipment, etc.

    The number and range of tools and equipment will be determined by the context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The selection of tools and equipment is appropriate for the particular tasks to be performed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Where there is a choice, the tool or piece of equipment selected should be the most environmentally responsible option.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Questions about the choice of the particular tool or piece of equipment are responded to appropriately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Questions about the consequences of using the wrong tool or piece of equipment for the purpose are responded to appropriately. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Inspect and prepare tools and equipment prior to use. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Inspection includes checking for damage to the tools and equipment; checking the safety aspects; considering the environmental impact of the tools and equipment.

    Preparation of tools and equipment may include installing blades and bits, lubricating moving parts, making minor adjustments, sharpening. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Inspection and preparation is performed according to worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    According to worksite procedures: learners who are not in formal employment would meet an equivalent standard.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Questions about the consequences of not preparing tools and equipment correctly for use or for storage are responded to appropriately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Questions about the potential impact of the tools and equipment on the environment are responded to appropriately. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Use hand tools or equipment to perform a variety of tasks. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Use includes appropriate handling, ie correct holding of tools and equipment while working and correct placement of tools on work surface while not actually in use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A variety of tasks involving a range of hand tools and equipment is completed in accordance with requirements and in an environmentally responsible manner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The tasks are performed to the correct quality standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate safety procedures are followed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Maintain, care for and store tools and equipment in an environmentally responsible manner. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Maintain means performing simple operations such as cleaning, lubricating, unblocking nozzles, replacing blades and bits, sharpening blunt tools, checking water and oil levels, replacing worn or damaged cables and plugs, tightening bolts, making simple adjustments and preventing rust. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Unsafe or damaged tools and equipment, or tools and equipment which may impact adversely on the environment, are identified, reported and their use discontinued. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Simple repairs, maintenance and care tasks are carried out according to worksite procedures and in an environmentally responsible manner. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    According to worksite procedures: learners who are not in formal employment would meet an equivalent standard.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools and equipment are appropriately stored in an environmentally responsible manner. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Work safely with due care for self, others, tools and equipment, materials and the environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    No injuries or damage to the environment results from the inappropriate use of the tools or equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools and equipment are not misused. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Questions about safety procedures and the use of personal protective equipment are responded to appropriately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Questions about the consequences of incorrect handling, use and storage of tools and equipment are responded to appropriately. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • To obtain credits I must be assessed. The assessment will be based on evidence that I produce. My assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of a relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA), which has jurisdiction over this field of learning. The policies and procedures of the relevant ETQA will determine:
    > How my assessment is moderated
    > How I can appeal against the outcome of the assessment
  • Any institution or company which offers learning that will enable me to achieve the purpose of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
  • My assessment against this standard should meet all the requirements of established principles. It should include practical assessment activities, which are appropriate to the contents of this unit standard. These activities should include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations, etc.
  • I can be assessed in the language of my choice although if I have to report incidents or conditions to someone else, I will be assessed on my ability to report in the language commonly used in my working environment.
  • I will be assessed on all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge. The specific outcomes must be assessed in their own right, through oral and practical evidence. My assessment will not only be based on observation but also on other evidence which I compile into a portfolio of evidence. I cannot be assessed only through a written or oral test.
  • The specific outcomes and essential knowledge will be assessed in relation to each other. If I am able to explain the items which fall under the heading of essential embedded knowledge, but am unable to perform the specific outcomes, then I cannot be assessed as 'competent'. Similarly, if I am able to perform tasks described under the specific outcomes, but cannot respond to questions about the relevant to the level of the unit standard that underpins my skill, then I cannot be assessed as 'competent'.
  • I will also be assessed on my ability to apply the principles and techniques related to the critical cross-field outcomes, not only in terms of what I can demonstrate, but also in terms of what I know and can discuss.
  • My assessment for this unit standard can be done in conjunction with the assessment of other unit standards related to a qualification, and even in conjunction with my assessment for the qualification as a whole. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following items reflect the type of knowledge that the assessor will evaluate

    Names and functions of:
  • Tools and equipment
  • Attachments (where applicable), storage areas / facilities
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Environmental impacts

    Purpose of:
  • Tools and equipment
  • Caring for tools and equipment
  • Task-related procedures
  • Health and safety procedures
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Caring for the environment

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties:
  • Tools and equipment
  • Commonly used materials
  • The functioning of the equipment

    Processes and events:
  • Cleaning, preparation and storage of tools and equipment
  • Maintenance of tools and equipment

    Causes and effects, implications of:
  • Selecting the incorrect tool or equipment for the purpose or the material
  • Holding or using the tool or equipment incorrectly
  • Incorrect preparation, handling and storage
  • Potential impact on the environment of use or misuse of tools and equipment
  • Potential of the impact of environmental practices on the reputation of the enterprise

    Procedures and techniques:
  • For reporting worn or damaged tools
  • Safety procedures
  • Preparation, handling, use and storage of tools and equipment
  • Installation and removal of blades, bits, etc
  • Maintenance

    Sensory cues:
  • Visual cues, smell, sound, taste and touch associated with incorrect settings, blunt blades, loose bolts, etc

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Sections applicable to safety, health and the environment

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Related to the use of the tools and equipment
  • Basic understanding of leverage, force, pressure, torque
  • Related to the environmental impact of specific actions

    Categories:
  • Tools and equipment

    Relationships, systems:
  • Relationship between the nature of the tool and the purpose for which it is used and responsibility and obligations to the environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems
  • Related to the use of the tools and equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others
  • Work safely, without endangering the health and safety of others. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities
  • Inspect and prepare tools and equipment before use.
  • Use, clean, maintain, care for and store tools and equipment correctly. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information
  • Use sensory information to assess the condition of tools and equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively
  • Report unsafe or damaged tools and equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically
  • Apply basic understanding of leverage, force, pressure and torque in order to use tools and equipment effectively. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems
  • Recognise the interrelationships between the nature of the tool, the purpose for which it is used and the individual's responsibility and obligations towards the environment. 

  • 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  49552   General Education and Training Certificate: Environmental Practice  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  LG SETA 


    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.
     
    1. A4 Consultancy CC 
    2. ABA Sebenzi 
    3. Access Employment Skills & Development Agency 
    4. Agisanang SA Training 
    5. Amabamba Recruitment 
    6. AVAX SA 481 CC. T/A Mandisa Development Services 
    7. Bantubanye Skills 
    8. Bikologix Projects 
    9. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    10. Buena Vista Learning Academy 
    11. CTC College(PTY) LTD. 
    12. Dean Institute Of Learning (Pty) Ltd 
    13. Dee's Training (PTY) LTD 
    14. Ditirelo Skills Development Services 
    15. Elective Training Institute Enterprise CC 
    16. Environmental Leadership Academy 
    17. Eskilz College (Pty) Ltd 
    18. Essential Skills 
    19. Globalwise Training & Consulting (PTY) Ltd. 
    20. Heavenly Button Trading CC 
    21. Hlombe and Associates 
    22. Icando 
    23. Institute for Local Government and Housing 
    24. IQ Skills Academy (PTY) LTD. 
    25. Iziko Capacity Building CC. 
    26. Josmap Training Institute 
    27. Kgolo Institute 
    28. Kodi Traiding Enterprise 
    29. Leronsa Trading Enterprise 
    30. Letlhokoa Management Services CC 
    31. Mangalani Business Enterprises 
    32. Marcado Human Resources Strategies 
    33. MashMP Holdings 
    34. Mashphe Logistics Services 
    35. Matiisetso Training and Consulting 
    36. Mission Point Consulting 
    37. MML Consulting CC. 
    38. Mod-Mosh Projects and Consulting (PTY) LTD 
    39. Mortarboard Training Solutions 
    40. Networx for Career Development 
    41. Nghano Training and Development Centre 
    42. NJ & L Trading Enterprise CC. 
    43. NS Global Academy 
    44. Nyankwavi Investment CC. 
    45. Power Rush Trading 170 CC. 
    46. Qabuka-Vuka Development Trading 
    47. RLSTP Training & Development (PTY) LTD. 
    48. Senelo Trading CC 
    49. SmartMatta (Pty) Ltd 
    50. SWARANANG MANAGEMENT CONSULTING CC 
    51. The Crimson CO CC. 
    52. Thembeni Skills Development Trading and Projects 
    53. Thubelihle Graduate Institute 
    54. Township Fire and Rescure (Pty) Ltd 
    55. Tsebong Training Centre 
    56. Tshwane Skills Training Centre 
    57. Tuns Trading and Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    58. Twin Peak Technologies 
    59. Ukhamba Quality Skills 
    60. University of Venda 
    61. Vicmat Consultants 
    62. XL AT Consulting CC 
    63. Ya Hina Management Consulting and projects 



    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.