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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain standards of health, safety and security in own fieldwork environment/workplace 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119861  Maintain standards of health, safety and security in own fieldwork environment/workplace 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Archaeology 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies Traditions, History and Legacies 
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 
This Unit Standard provides a broad introduction to health and safety in a fieldwork environment or workplace. The focus is on knowledge, skills, values and attitudes in relation to the learner's own context and experience of an outdoor place of work. It is intended as part of an induction programme for all learners and specifically for learners who are safety officers in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Identifying potential hazards in a fieldwork environment or workplace.
  • Indicating how to limit damage to persons and property in the event of an accident or emergency.
  • Indicating how to contribute to the maintenance of security in the field environment or workplace.
  • Explaining emergency procedures in a field environment or workplace. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is recommended that learners are competent in Communication at NQF Level 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this Unit Standard is health and safety in relation to the learner's own work context. Hazards may be physical or situational including non-compliance with legislation. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify potential hazards in a fieldwork environment or workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Potential hazards are correctly identified and removed, reduced or reported in terms of own level of authority/capacity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Instructions relating to exposure to dangerous substances and hazards in a fieldwork environment or workplace are known and an explanation is given as to why they pose a potential threat to the work environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The kinds of work that require protective clothing are identified and protective clothing is used according to legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of each employee being vigilant and reporting hazards and violations of health, safety and security procedures is known and understood in terms of a possible chain of events that could result from not reporting a violation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Indicate how to limit damage to persons or property in the event of an accident or emergency. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The location of fire extinguishers, hoses and alarms is known in own work context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Established procedures relating to the identification of fires and other emergencies are known and followed promptly and correctly in an emergency. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Potential danger are identified and accurately and timeously reported according to established policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reasons are given to explain why it is the responsibility of every employee to maintain the safety and security of his/her own work environment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Indicate how to contribute to the maintenance of security in the fieldwork environment or workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Security procedures and operating standards are known and followed competently. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Security risks in own work environment are identified and actions taken to deal with security risks that are within limits of own authority. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Potential security risks are identified and reported using familiar and established procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain emergency procedures in a field environment or workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The established policy is known and understood for emergencies in a specific building or excavation site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The location of the planned assembly points and the shortest routes to such points are known and the building or excavation site is evacuated along the correct route. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The emergency signage in the building is interpreted correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Emergency procedures are explained for a familiar context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Actions to assist a vulnerable individual in an emergency are demonstrated in a specific situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Precautions for dealing with HIV/AIDS in a workplace emergency are known and described in terms of the Universal Precautions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a candidate against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists 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 or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems when faced with possible hazardous situations in the workplace. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner can work effectively with others as a member of a team, group or organisation in the maintenance of company health and safety standards and procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage his/her own activities with regard to following health, safety and security procedures in his/her own work area. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner can use science and technology effectively by demonstrating responsibility towards the environment and the health of others when using emergency equipment and protective clothing in an emergency. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner can demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by explaining the responsibility of each employee to maintain the safety and security of his/her own workspace, and by being vigilant at all times in the interests of co-workers and the organisation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner can participate as a responsible citizen in the life of the local community by ensuring that he/she maintains his/her own workspace safely, behaves responsibly in an emergency, remains vigilant and knows the appropriate procedures to follow when reporting potential hazards. 

    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 
    Search words:

    Safety; hazards; safety in the field; fieldwork; Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), heritage. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49772   National Certificate: Archaeology  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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