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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to fires in working places 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120331  Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to fires in working places 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Occupational Health and Safety 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Preventive Health 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular-Fundamental  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 
Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to demonstrate knowledge of working place fires, their probable causes, how to prevent them, how they are detected and how to apply emergency fire fighting procedures. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communications at NQF Level 2
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2

    It is also assumed that these learners will have attained competence in the unit standard:
  • " Conduct an investigation into workplace incidents" (SAQA ID 120335). 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    All the Specific Outcomes and Associated Assessment Criteria are assessed in accordance with specified requirements and - where applicable - consequences to health and safety.

    Fires:
  • Specified requirements include definitions, standards, procedures, and classes of fires and codes of practice.
  • Symbolic signs include fire fighting equipment, fire hydrants, escape routes, alarm positions, first aid equipment, emergency telephone, refuge bay, assembly point.
  • Electronic, fire patrols
  • Types of fires include:

    > Electrical
    > Class A (solid organic materials)
    > Class B (Liquid and liquefiable solids)
    > Class C (gases or liquefied gases)
    > Class D (metals, e.g. magnesium and aluminium)

    Documents

    Legal requirements:

    Current Legislation pertaining to:
  • Mines Health & Safety
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice
  • Fire Brigade Services

    Site-specific requirements:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA)
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice
  • SANS documents
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme
  • Company Standards
  • Managerial Instructions
  • Standard Task Procedures
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks
  • Risk Assessment Documentation
  • Working Guides
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate basic knowledge pertaining to fires. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The fire tetrahedron and the role of each element in the propagation of a fire is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The gases produced by working place fires are named. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Spontaneous combustion is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reasons for changes in air temperature and gas concentration during fires are explained and measured. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    An effective escape strategy is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The required symbolic signs and safety equipment, pertaining to fires, are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of the causes and prevention of working place fires. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The common causes of working place fires are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Precautions to be taken to prevent working place fires. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The classification of fire risks in a working area is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate knowledge of fire detection methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The functions of fire detection methods/systems are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The types of instruments used for fire detection are described in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role of physical senses in the detection of working place fires is explained according to specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to fire preparedness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of fire fighting, escape and rescue procedures is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of an up to date fire and rescue plan, indicating all relevant information, is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The fire extinguishing equipment to be used for different types of fires is explained and demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of regular inspection and maintenance of fire fighting equipment is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The necessity for an emergency control room is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The arrangement, equipment and procedures in an emergency control room are explained. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by a relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA. 

  • 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 
    Solve problems related to fires in working places and perform basic calculations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group/organisation/community by accepting, interpreting and delegating instructions correctly, if and when required, in a context-appropriate manner. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively by meeting specified requirements, applying correct formulae in calculations, interpret information correctly and taking appropriate action where necessary. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and critically evaluate information to correct for conditions, environmental factors, and limitations that can influence the interpretation of information obtained, and recommend appropriate remedial action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations to record and report analytical results. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically (showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others) to select the appropriate methods and formulae and strategies dealing with fires in working places. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by taking appropriate actions based on the evaluation of test results and reporting results to relevant designated persons, confirming that a specific observation, inference, action or decision can have an interrelated effect. 

    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  62769   National Certificate: Mineral Processing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Core  79806   National Certificate: Occupational Hygiene and Safety  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Core  60249   National Certificate: Primary Response in Emergencies  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2010-06-02  HW SETA 
    Core  78803   National Certificate: Primary Response in Emergencies  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2013-06-02   
    Core  74490   Further Education and Training Certificate: Mining Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Core  62289   Further Education and Training Certificate: Road Traffic Law Enforcement  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  74269   National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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.
     
    1. Action Training Academy 
    2. Adcorp Technical Training 
    3. Altra Medical Productions CC 
    4. Ambu Training CC 
    5. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (V/R) 
    6. ASARA Training Academy(Pty) Ltd 
    7. BANA BA THARI MINING TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY (PTY) LTD 
    8. CITY OF JOHANNESBURG METROPOLITAN POLICE : FIREARM SERVICES 
    9. COLLIERY TRAINING COLLEGE 
    10. CULLINAN DIAMOND MINE (PTY) LTD 
    11. DEKRA Industrial (PTY) Ltd 
    12. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT AND PUBLIC WORKS 
    13. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    14. DIMENSIONAL & EDU TRAINING 
    15. ERGO BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY 
    16. Exxaro Coal Pty Ltd 
    17. Finsch Diamonds Mine 
    18. FOSKOR Pty Ltd 
    19. HARMONY GOLD MINING COMPANY LIMITED 
    20. IMPALA PLATINUM LIMITED - RUSTENBURG 
    21. Ingelosi Trading 269 cc 
    22. Integral Risk Advisors cc 
    23. Josmap Training Institute 
    24. Kbc Health And Safety (PTY) Ltd 
    25. KHUTALA COLLIERY 
    26. KOLOMELA MINE 
    27. Kumba Sishen HRD Centre 
    28. Mangaung Traffic Training College 
    29. MESSINA PLATINUM MINES 
    30. METSKILL (PTY) LTD 
    31. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD 
    32. MODIKWA PLATINUM MINE 
    33. NKOMATI MINE 
    34. Nokaneng Environmental Management Consulting 
    35. Palabora Copper Pty Ltd 
    36. PORT ELIZABETH TRAFFIC COLLEGE 
    37. PRIDE OF SUCCESS (PTY) LTD 
    38. Prisma Training Solutions 
    39. Richtrau No 177 Pty Ltd t/a Bokoni Platinum Mines (Lebowa Platinum Mines) 
    40. RISKCOM RCCT 
    41. SAMANCOR EASTERN CROME MINES 
    42. Talent Factor (Pty) Ltd 
    43. Technology Risk Solutions 
    44. THARISA MINERALS PTY LTD 
    45. Thusang Metallurgical Engineering Training and Consulting 
    46. Training at Work (Pty) Ltd 
    47. Tshwane Leadership & Management Academy/Tshwane Metro Police 
    48. TSHWANE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT ACADEMY 
    49. VENETIA MINE 
    50. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 
    51. XTRACT TRAINING SERVICES (PTY) LTD 



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