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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Manufacture and place explosive material using a mobile manufacturing unit 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119354  Manufacture and place explosive material using a mobile manufacturing unit 
ORIGINATOR
Chemical Industries SGB 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  20 
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 
Learners who demonstrate competence as described in this unit standard will be able to manufacture and place bulk explosive material using a mobile manufacturing unit (MMU).

A MMU is a vehicle equipped with a mixing plant, materials handling equipment and containers used to store & transport raw materials.

On completion of this unit standard the learner must be able to:
  • Interpret instructions in accordance with relevant technology.
  • Collect and take materials to the site.
  • Carry-out pre-manufacturing activities.
  • Manufacture and place bulk explosives.
  • Carry-out post manufacturing activities.
  • Review work done. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence regarding:
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy at Level 2, application of process chemistry and related technology or equivalent physical science.
  • Basic safety in the context of the process operation(s) (open cast mines, quarries or construction sites), as well as the use of a MMU.
  • Licence required to drive a MMU.
  • Operation of equipment.

    Where learners do not have the relevant expertise, appropriate adjustments must be made to the learning programme. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The manufacturing and placing of bulk explosives is carried out under conditions typically experienced in open cast mines, quarries or construction sites using MMUs that are of a standard accepted with in the industry. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Interpret instructions in accordance with relevant technology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Instructions given are interpreted in accordance with best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Instructions are compared with the company's standard operating instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Action is taken regarding any differences between the instructions given, the company's standard operating instructions and best practice, in accordance with the company's standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Instructions may be very specific to the job or may be generic for routine work.
  • Best practice is understood as the technology applied within the bulk explosives industry in general, including historical procedure used and recent developments.
  • Company standard operating instructions are those 'standing' instructions issued by a company that override other instructions given to employees.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Collect and move materials to the site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Materials are loaded into the MMU at the prescribed depot or factory in accordance with instructions and best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Materials are transported to the pre-drilled holes in compliance with the site-specific instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Carry-out pre-manufacturing activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Holes are checked in accordance with instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Checking includes confirmation that the holes are those specified, depth of holes, water or other material in holes, diameter of holes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Action regarding deviations found is taken in accordance with instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Actions include reporting and recording deviations and/or changes of recipes in accordance with company instructions and best practice.
  • Recipes are the instructions used to manufacture and place the bulk explosives including mixing instructions, quantities of materials to be mixed and the sequence of placement.
  • Inspections and adjustments of recipes include calculations using formulae, use of tables and may include use of pre-programmes calculators or computers.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Manufacture and place bulk explosives in accordance with best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Materials are manufactured and placed in accordance with the relevant recipe. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Material(s) are manufactured and placed using the MMU and the equipment mounted on or provided with it. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Either single or multi material (component) manufacturing is required in terms of this unit standard.
  • Manufacturing includes the operation of the machinery and equipment in accordance with instructions and best practice.
  • Machinery may be manually controlled or automated.
  • Setting and adjusting machinery is required before and during the manufacturing process.
  • Manufacturing includes measuring, mixing and placing of materials. This is done in accordance with the predetermined recipe.
  • All activities are executed, checked and recorded in accordance the quality requirements prescribed by the company.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Records are completed in accordance with instructions and best practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Records include conditions, rates & times.
  • Records may be completed on manually or electronically.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Carry-out post manufacturing activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    MMU and associated equipment is restored to the state specified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The "state specified" includes:
  • Ensuring unused material is secure and equipment is stored.
  • The MMU is serviceable for movement from the site.
  • Material remaining on the MMU is left in the MMU or off loaded in accordance with instructions.
  • Any faults on the MMU or equipment are identified, repaired and or reported in accordance with instructions.
  • Rectification of faults and or maintenance of the MMU and equipment may be done at any stage of the work activities, subject to compliance with instructions and company instructions.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Completion of quality checks and related documentation is confirmed in accordance with instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Documentation concerning the acceptance of work by client and/or company supervisor is completed in accordance with instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Documentation may include reports, invoices, waybills and may be electronic or manual.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Review work done. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The economic value of the placement of bulk explosives is described with reference to the explosives company and the client. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Direct and indirect costs of placement are compared with value added by the success of the blast and cost that could result from substandard blasting that result from inferior manufacturing and placement of explosives.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Effects of blasting on the natural and man made environment are described with reference to ways of minimizing damage and the cost repair/rehabilitation of damage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Impact of bulk explosives industry on people and society is described to with reference to positive and negative matters. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    People include employees, owners, local residents and national interestMatters include employment, added value income generation, health, lifestyle and social upliftment.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.

    Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.

    The relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body will oversee assessment and moderation of assessment, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.

    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.

    Anyone wishing to be assessed against this Qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Physics and chemistry applicable to blasting, explosives in general and the manufacture and placement of commonly used single and multi-component bulk explosives.
  • Technology related to bulk explosives, including determination of recipes and the criteria that bulk explosives must meet.
  • Principles of quality assurance and the quality system or practice used by the company.
  • Operating procedures of a MMU and associated equipment, computers, radios/telephones and tools.
  • Site-specific instructions, legislation and regulations and relevant practices and conduct/etiquette.
  • Basis of costs determination, benefit determination and damage evaluation including the use of mathematics and mathematical literacy. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems regarding the manufacture and placement of bulk explosives in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking based on sound technological knowledge are made. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team to ensure that the placement of the explosives proceeds in conjunction with the other activities on the site. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to conduct work efficiently and enjoyably within the time available and site specific constraints. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information from instructions, instruments, materials used, predrilled holes and the manufacturing unit to ensure delivery of a quality product. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and written/electronic persuasion thereby ensuring that relevant people know status of the materials to be used on site, the placement process and that records and other documentation required comply with instructions and best practice. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others thereby ensuring that the material mixed and placed is in accordance with instructions/specifications minimizing wastage of material and ensuring the efficiency of the explosions that follow the placement activities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating and understanding of the world as a set or related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation in the effective and efficient placement of explosives that contributes to minimizing the impact of the mining or construction operations on the environment and local infrastructure. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large by contributing to cost effective rock breaking in mining or other engineering operations. 

    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  49555   National Certificate: Operation of Mobile Explosives Manufacturing Units  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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