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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain health and safety in poultry production 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119408  Maintain health and safety in poultry production 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 
To understand the importance of maintaining a safe environment. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Health and safety Level 2 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
N/A 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Understand the principles of the OHS and the other Acts that govern the poultry industry. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The acts that apply to the health and safety in the poultry environment are detailed. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Acts - OHSA, Health, Abattoir Hygiene Act and Regulations, SABS standards.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The principles of the safety policies, both legislated and internal, that are displayed in the workplace are
explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Policy - OHSA, internal.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The criteria that are necessary to create a safe working environment are identified. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Working environment, unsafe conditions, personal responsibility, signs.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Possible unsafe working conditions and health risks are outlined. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The importance of each worker to acknowledge their personal responsibility for the safety of themselves, their fellow workers, their employer and their family is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
To create an awareness of improving standards of safety. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The high standards of safety that should be achieved to ensure a good safety record are explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Safety standards, NOSA, industry standards.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The ways in which the fostering of an awareness and identification of the possible hazards in the workplace, is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Constant critical evaluation, awareness - eyes and ears.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The preventative measures that should be taken to ensure safety are explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Preventative measures - PPE, PPC, report unsafe/dangerous conditions, signs.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The unsafe or dangerous conditions that should be reported are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Examples of good housekeeping measures that contribute to the maintenance of health and safety are detailed. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Good housekeeping - clean work area, clean clothing, personal cleanliness, clean equipment, equipment in good working order, daily checks by safety representatives.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Demonstrate the procedures to follow in an emergency evacuation. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The emergency evacuation points and equipment in the workplace are identified. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Plan - exit points, meeting points, responsibilities, placement of fire extinguishers and first aid equipment.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The emergency evacuation procedures are described. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Procedure - walk don't run, orderly, assist fellow workers, leave personal belongings, proceed to designated meeting point.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The use of first aid principles for common evacuation injuries are described. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Show an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all persons to ensure health and safety. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The employer's responsibility to provide a safe and healthy working environment is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Employer responsibility - clean protective clothing and safety equipment to be provided.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The employee's responsibilities to ensure the maintenance of health and safety in the workplace are detailed. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Wear clean clothing, use safety equipment, keep equipment and clothes in good condition, personal hygiene and cleanliness, adhere to housekeeping procedures.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The responsibilities of the meat inspectors are described. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Inspectors responsibilities - end product to leave premises in healthy, hygienic and edible condition.
 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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.
  • 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 assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established principles. Practical assessment activities will be used, which are appropriate to the contents in which qualifying learners are working. These activities will include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge be assessed. The specific outcomes must be assessed in its own right, through oral and practical evidence. It cannot be assessed by observation only.

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

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected in the Assessment Criteria of each Specific outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively;
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities;
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts;
  • Exploring education and career opportunities; and
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities 

  • 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 mad.

    Refer to the following specific outcomes:
  • Understand the principles of the OHS and the other Acts that govern the poultry industry
  • To create an awareness of improving standards of safety 

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

    Refer to the following specific outcomes:
  • Understand the principles of the OHS and the other Acts that govern the poultry industry
  • Demonstrate the procedures to follow in an emergency evacuation
  • Show an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all persons to ensure health and safety 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.

    Refer to the following specific outcomes:
  • Understand the principles of the OHS and the other Acts that govern the poultry industry
  • To create an awareness of improving standards of safety
  • Demonstrate the procedures to follow in an emergency evacuation
  • Show an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all persons to ensure health and safety 

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

    Refer to the following specific outcomes:
  • Understand the principles of the OHS and the other Acts that govern the poultry industry
  • To create an awareness of improving standards of safety
  • Demonstrate the procedures to follow in an emergency evacuation
  • Show an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all persons to ensure health and safety 

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

    Refer to the following specific outcomes:
  • Understand the principles of the OHS and the other Acts that govern the poultry industry
  • To create an awareness of improving standards of safety
  • Demonstrate the procedures to follow in an emergency evacuation 

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

    Refer to the following specific outcomes:
  • Understand the principles of the OHS and the other Acts that govern the poultry industry
  • To create an awareness of improving standards of safety
  • Demonstrate the procedures to follow in an emergency evacuation
  • Show an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all persons to ensure health and safety 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Refer to the following specific outcomes:
  • Understand the principles of the OHS and the other Acts that govern the poultry industry
  • To create an awareness of improving standards of safety
  • Demonstrate the procedures to follow in an emergency evacuation
  • Show an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all persons to ensure health and safety 

  • 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  49578   National Certificate: Poultry Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    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.
     
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