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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Implement radiation protection measures 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119496  Implement radiation protection measures 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Radiation Protection 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 10 - Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences Physical Sciences 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
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 
This unit standard requires learners to adhere to radiation protection measures as specified for specific contexts. The learner is required to control radioactive materials safely and in accordance with legal and operational requirements, and to control access and personal dosimetry.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Segregating radioactive from non radioactive materials based on specified activity limits
  • Categorising/classifying radioactive materials in accordance with specified standards
  • Routing radioactive materials to appropriate facilities
  • Controlling access to radiologically classified areas according to specified requirements
  • Controlling personal dosimetry according to specified requirements 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • NQF Level 2 Mathematic Literacy
  • NQF Level 2 Communication 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Normal and emergency procedures are included. Other range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard with the relevant specific outcomes and/or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Segregate radioactive from non-radioactive materials based on specified activity limits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Required personal protective equipment is used in accordance with specified requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Required instrumentation is selected, examined and used in a way that is consistent with its purpose, design and specified requirements for monitoring of material to segregate radioactive from non radioactive materials 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Activity limits used for distinguishing radioactive from non-radioactive material are appropriate for specified contexts and comply with regulatory requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Segregation processes are structured based upon regulatory approved procedures related to material clearance 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reports on work performed complies with specified requirements for material segregation 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Categorise/classify radioactive materials in accordance with specified standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All required measurements and samples are taken/collected in accordance with specified regulatory standards/protocol 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Radioactive material is categorised in line with specified requirements and without radiation impact or injury to self or others 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Classification limits associated with different types of radioactive material are consistent with regulatory standards 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Radioactive material is classified in a manner that meets with specified categorisation requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Labelling adheres to specified procedures for identified categories 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Completion of documentation meets specified requirements 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Route radioactive materials to appropriate facilities. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Facilities can include those for treatment, storage or disposal 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Facilities chosen are correct according to procedures/specified criteria for each category of radioactive material 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Means of transport of radioactive material identified is suitable for specific material 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Movement of radioactive material is controlled from start to final destination according to specified operational procedures 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safety requirements and radiological safety measures for transport of radioactive materials are adhered to 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Completion of documentation meets specified requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Recording of post-delivery handover meets specified requirements 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Control access to radiologically classified areas according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Protective equipment, clothing, and dosimetry are checked against given requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work permits, personal protection, alarm settings, and dosimetry functionality are confirmed 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Access granted meets all legal and procedural requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Protective equipment is issued as per relevant specified procedures 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Radiation work permits are correct for specified work in radiological area 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Individuals are tested as per procedure 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Testing can be on type of job, area radiological information, dose limits, radiological precautions, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Decontamination of people, equipment and vehicles is coordinated according to specified procedures and legal requirements 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Control personal dosimetry according to specified requirements. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Internal and external dosimetry is included 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Statutory dosimeters are issued to individuals in accordance with dosimetry laboratory requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Temporary passive dosimeters or air samplers are issued to individuals and details are correctly recorded 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Real time dosimeters are issued to individuals and details recorded in accordance with specified procedures 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Interpretation of readings form real time dosimeters and information recording are accurate, and action taken in event of control levels being exceeded are appropriate for specific contexts 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Issuing of receptacles is correct and biological samples retrieval is in accordance with procedures and avoid cross contamination 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by a relevant ETQA for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for this unit standard.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:
  • Required personal protective equipment use
  • Required instrumentation for monitoring of material to segregate radioactive from non radioactive materials
  • Activity limits used for distinguishing radioactive from non-radioactive material and regulatory requirements
  • Segregation processes, and regulatory approved procedures related to material clearance
  • Required measurements and samples and specified regulatory standards/protocol
  • Radioactive material categorisation in line with specified requirements and without radiation impact or injury to self or others
  • Classification limits associated with different types of radioactive material and regulatory standards
  • Labelling according to procedures for identified categories
  • Facilities for routing radioactive materials and procedures/specified criteria for each category of radioactive material
  • Means of transport of radioactive material and suitability for specific material
  • Movement control of radioactive material from start to final destination according to specified operational procedures
  • Safety requirements and radiological safety measures for transport of radioactive materials
  • Recording of post-delivery handover
  • Work permits, personal protection, alarm settings, and dosimetry functionality and requirements
  • Testing procedure for individuals
  • Decontamination of people, equipment and vehicles, and specified procedures and legal requirements
  • Issuing statutory dosimeters in accordance with dosimetry laboratory requirements
  • Issuing temporary passive dosimeters or air samplers and recording details
  • Issuing real time dosimeters are issued and recording details in accordance with specified procedures
  • Interpretation of readings form real time dosimeters
  • Action taken in event of control levels being exceeded
  • Issuing of receptacles and biological samples retrieval in accordance with procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems where responses to problems show that such critical and creative thinking has been used to make responsible decisions when decontamination of people, equipment and vehicles is coordinated according to specified procedures and legal requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community when movement of radioactive material is controlled from start to final destination according to specified operational procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when required personal protective equipment is used in accordance with specified requirements, segregation processes are structured based upon regulatory approved procedures related to material clearance, all required measurements and samples are taken/collected in accordance with specified regulatory standards/protocol, and safety requirements and radiological safety measures for transport of radioactive materials are adhered to. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to ensure that classification limits associated with different types of radioactive material are consistent with regulatory standards and radioactive material is classified in a manner that meets with specified categorisation requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation when reports on work performed complies with specified requirements for material segregation, labelling adheres to specified procedures for identified categories, completion of documentation meets specified requirements, and recording of post-delivery handover meets specified requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when required instrumentation is selected, examined and used in a way that is consistent with its purpose, design and specified requirements for monitoring of material to segregate radioactive from non radioactive materials, and radioactive material is categorised in line with specified requirements and without radiation impact or injury to self or others. 

    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 when activity limits used for distinguishing radioactive from non-radioactive material are appropriate for specified contexts and comply with regulatory requirements, facilities chosen are correct according to procedures/specified criteria for each category of radioactive material, means of transport of radioactive material identified is suitable for specific material. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the learner is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the learner can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent 

  • 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  49596   National Certificate: Radiation Monitoring  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


    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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