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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate waste disposal facilities 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119557  Operate waste disposal facilities 
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 2  NQF Level 02 
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:
  • Dispose of waste safely, responsibly and in compliance with legislation
  • Control incoming waste and movement of vehicles at a waste disposal site
  • Complete relevant documentation.

    I will also know and understand:
  • Principles and concepts related to waste management and their application in practice
  • Methods of waste disposal

    I can be assessed against this unit standard in the context of any waste disposal activity.
    The skill, the knowledge and the values reflected in this unit standard form part of the exit level outcomes required for the National Certificate in Environmental Practice NQF Level 2. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy Skills at NQF Level 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The scope and level of this unit standard is indicated by range statements related to the Specific Outcomes.

    This unit standard is appropriate for learners who specialise in the field of waste management. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Apply the appropriate disposal method for each category of waste. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The correct actions are taken for each category of waste. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work is carried out safely and with due care for self, fellow workers, equipment, materials and the environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safely: correct techniques and procedures are used to dispose of waste; safe working practices are applied, appropriate protective clothing and equipment is used.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Waste disposal and related statutory responsibilities are explained appropriately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Environmentally damaging practices are recognised and reported timeously and accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Incidents and problems related to waste disposal are discussed and explained properly. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Incidents and problems: includes impact of hazardous waste on the environment.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Control and direct movement of vehicles on the waste disposal site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Vehicle movements are carried out efficiently and safely. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Directions are clear and unambiguous; vehicle suitability for operating conditions is checked and if not, appropriate action is taken; no delays or incidents occur as a result of my lack of foresight.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Operations are carried out efficiently, safely and to quality standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Operations include loading, unloading.
    Safely: all safe work practices are adhered to.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Incidents and problems are reported timeously and appropriate action is taken. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Incidents and problems include non-compliance with legislation and site or equipment requirements; vehicular or equipment problems; inappropriate waste; hazardous conditions.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Control access and monitor the flow of incoming materials to a waste facility. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Materials also include fuel, consumable, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Vehicles and personnel are guided to enter and leave the site in accordance with organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Non-compliant waste is recognised and appropriate action is taken. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Security of the facility, equipment and resources is maintained properly. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Recognise and report threats or damage to health, safety or the environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    This outcome includes an awareness of appropriate preventive, corrective or remedial actions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Potential or actual dangers to health, safety and the environment which can arise during waste disposal processes are identified and reported accurately and appropriately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Questions about measures which can be taken to prevent, correct or remedy threats or damage to health, safety or the environment are responded to appropriately. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Compile records related to waste disposal. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Incident reports, operational records, maintaining confidentiality of organisational and client information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Records are completed accurately, up to date and processed correctly. 


    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 also 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 explain or justify them in terms of the fundamental concepts, principles and practice 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 
    Names & functions of:
  • Types of waste
  • Disposal methods
  • Terminology related to the waste stream

    Purpose of:
  • Vehicle, load, equipment and site requirements
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Reports
  • Site operational requirements
  • Security requirements

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Characteristics of disposal facility, vehicles, loads, equipment, site
  • Personal protective clothing and equipment
  • Hand signals for directing vehicle movements
  • Reports
  • Effective communication

    Processes and events:
  • Directing vehicle movements
  • Communicating with drivers and personnel
  • Positioning vehicles, loading and unloading
  • Reporting incidents
  • Taking appropriate action to prevent or minimise threat or damage to health and the environment
  • Taking appropriate action to prevent damage to infrastructure, vehicles and equipment
  • Selecting and wearing appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Conducting security checks

    Causes and effects, implications of:
  • Implications of the various methods of disposal
  • Implications of not disposing of hazardous or medical waste correctly
  • Benefits and disadvantages of each disposal method
  • Implications of not complying with vehicle, load, equipment and site requirements
  • Security breaches

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Disposing of waste
  • Directing and positioning vehicles
  • Loading and offloading
  • Correctly using PPE
  • Recognising and responding to incidents and problems (eg adverse weather conditions, accidents, mechanical failure, non-compliant waste, unsuitable vehicles, congestion, etc)
  • Recognising and preventing potential damage or injury
  • Maintaining security
  • Controlling access

    Sensory cues:
  • Recognise potential and actual threats or damage to the environment
  • Anticipate and responding to conditions that could interfere with safe and efficient movements or operations
  • Maintain security

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Related to the various methods of disposal
  • Related to vehicle movement and equipment operation
  • Control access to the site
  • Related to health and safety

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Science and technology related to the various methods of disposal
  • Relevant principles of waste management

    Categories:
  • Types of waste

    Relationships, systems:
  • Relationship between the characteristics of the waste, the methods of disposal, and human and environmental health and well-being 

  • 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 types of waste and methods of disposal. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others:
  • Work with due care for the health and safety of others. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities:
  • Carry out activities in accordance with procedures for disposing of waste. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Use sensory information to monitor the disposal of waste.
  • Record information related to waste disposal. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • Use gestures to direct vehicle movements efficiently and safely.
  • Report information related to disposal of waste. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • Apply knowledge of waste properties and disposal methods to carry out operations effectively and safely. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • Recognise the interrelationship between the properties of the waste, the characteristics of the disposal method and the impact on 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
    Elective  49605   National Certificate: Environmental Practice  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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.
     
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    2. ABA Sebenzi 
    3. ABEMS Training Institute (PTY) Ltd. 
    4. Agisanang SA Training 
    5. Alpha Business Consultants 
    6. Amabamba Recruitment 
    7. Amahle Human Resources Training and Development 
    8. Atlegang Training Consulting 
    9. AVAX SA 481 CC. T/A Mandisa Development Services 
    10. Azitjhewi Construction 
    11. Bantubanye Skills 
    12. Big Start Training and Development 
    13. Bikologix Projects 
    14. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    15. Boni Africa Events & Development 
    16. Buena Vista Learning Academy 
    17. Bull's Business and Skills Training Institute 
    18. Classic Human Capital Solutions 
    19. Colgene Group 
    20. Cre8ive Organisational Development 
    21. CTC College(PTY) LTD. 
    22. Dean Institute Of Learning (Pty) Ltd 
    23. Dee's Training (PTY) LTD 
    24. Ditirelo Skills Development Services 
    25. Edutraining Business College 
    26. Ekurhuleni West Public FET College - Germiston Campus 
    27. ELASON PRO-ACTIVE SECURITY (PTY) LTD 
    28. Elective Training Institute Enterprise CC 
    29. Environmental Leadership Academy 
    30. Essential Skills 
    31. Fire Protection Association of Southern Africa 
    32. Glere Skills and Consultants 
    33. Globalwise Training & Consulting (PTY) Ltd. 
    34. Goitsikitso Enterprise Trading 
    35. Growth Management Consulting 
    36. HDPSA 
    37. Heavenly Button Trading CC 
    38. Heros Fire Protection Services cc 
    39. Hlombe and Associates 
    40. HS GLOBAL SKILLS BUSINESS SOLUTIONS 
    41. Icando 
    42. Ilinge Labantu Debt Solution 
    43. Institute for Local Government and Housing 
    44. Institute of Health and Social Care Studies 
    45. IQ Skills Academy (PTY) LTD. 
    46. ITO Focus Reagile 
    47. Jobafrik Consulting 
    48. Jomash Construction 
    49. Josmap Training Institute 
    50. Kalideen Management 
    51. Kernel Management and Consulting (PTY) LTD. 
    52. Kgolo Institute 
    53. KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION 
    54. Kokilesedi Trading 
    55. Kuyakhula Development Initiatives 
    56. Leronsa Trading Enterprise 
    57. Letlhokoa Management Services CC 
    58. M.I.C. Training and Development 
    59. Mahayi HRD Services cc 
    60. Makavila Suppliers CC. 
    61. Mangalani Business Enterprises 
    62. Marcado Human Resources Strategies 
    63. MashMP Holdings 
    64. Mashphe Logistics Services 
    65. Mazasa Management Consulting CC. 
    66. Mcebo Technologies 
    67. Mestel Training Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    68. Mgwezane Training and Events Management CC. 
    69. Miczo's Enterprise 
    70. Misol Projects cc 
    71. Mission Point Consulting 
    72. MML Consulting CC. 
    73. Mod-Mosh Projects and Consulting (PTY) LTD 
    74. Networx for Career Development 
    75. NJ & L Trading Enterprise CC. 
    76. Nkqubela Community Developers 
    77. NS Global Academy 
    78. Nsuku Management Consultants 
    79. Ntsangalala Business Enterprise 
    80. Nyankwavi Investment CC. 
    81. OMNI HR CONSULTING PTY LTD 
    82. Pebetse Training and Consulting 
    83. Pioneer Business Consulting 
    84. Poshido Training 
    85. Power Rush Trading 170 CC. 
    86. Powernexus 
    87. Puseletso Trading and Projects 
    88. Quick Leap Investment 
    89. RLSTP Training & Development (PTY) LTD. 
    90. Seige Trading Solutions 
    91. Senelo Trading CC 
    92. Siljeur Training Academy 
    93. SmartMatta (Pty) Ltd 
    94. Spring Forest Trading 578 CC 
    95. STARPLEX 408 CC 
    96. Talent Emporium Academy (PTY) Ltd 
    97. Thando Consulting Services 
    98. The Crimson CO CC. 
    99. Thembeni Skills Development Trading and Projects 
    100. Thubelihle Graduate Institute 
    101. TLD Consulting 
    102. Township Fire and Rescure (Pty) Ltd 
    103. Tshedza Training Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    104. Tshisimani Holdings (PTY) Ltd. 
    105. Tshwane Skills Training Centre 
    106. Twin Peak Technologies 
    107. Ukhamba Quality Skills 
    108. Umfolozi FET College 
    109. University of Venda 
    110. Vicmat Consultants 
    111. Wildlife and Enviroment Society of South Africa 
    112. XL AT Consulting CC 
    113. Ya Hina Management Consulting and projects 



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