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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Optimise the safety, health and environmental protection system 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12459  Optimise the safety, health and environmental protection system 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 
The skills, values and knowledge reflected in this unit standard are required by people in the field of manufacturing and engineering.
The learning outcomes in this unit standard also contribute to the exit level outcomes required for various manufacturing and engineering qualifications.
Qualifying learners can optimise the safety health and environmental protection system within their workplace. They are able to communicate company safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures, conduct preventive inspections and determine safety, health and environmental priorities. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
This unit standard has been designed as part of a progression. It is one of a series of unit standards for safety, health and environmental protection in the field of manufacturing and engineering.
The credits allocated to this unit standard assume that a learner has already learned to
  • Monitor the application of safety, health and environmental protection procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Communicate workplace safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Workplace safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are communicated 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Preventive safety, health and environmental protection inspections are conducted and inspection findings and proposed solutions for both existing and new concerns are reported 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Safety, health and environmental protection practices are benchmarked and recommendations made 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Training plans for safety, health and environmental protection training are devised 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Appropriate changes to the safety, health and environmental protection system are implemented where necessary 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Conduct preventive safety, health and environmental protection inspections 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
  • Suggest solutions that will eliminate unsafe practices. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Workplace safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are communicated 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Preventive safety, health and environmental protection inspections are conducted and inspection findings and proposed solutions for both existing and new concerns are reported 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Safety, health and environmental protection practices are benchmarked and recommendations made 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Training plans for safety, health and environmental protection training are devised 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Appropriate changes to the safety, health and environmental protection system are implemented where necessary 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Benchmark safety, health and environmental protection practices 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Workplace safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are communicated 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Preventive safety, health and environmental protection inspections are conducted and inspection findings and proposed solutions for both existing and new concerns are reported 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Safety, health and environmental protection practices are benchmarked and recommendations made 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Training plans for safety, health and environmental protection training are devised 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Appropriate changes to the safety, health and environmental protection system are implemented where necessary 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Determine priorities for safety, health and environmental training 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Workplace safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are communicated 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Preventive safety, health and environmental protection inspections are conducted and inspection findings and proposed solutions for both existing and new concerns are reported 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Safety, health and environmental protection practices are benchmarked and recommendations made 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Training plans for safety, health and environmental protection training are devised 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Appropriate changes to the safety, health and environmental protection system are implemented where necessary 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Respond to new concerns and implement changes to the safety, health, environmental protection system 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Respond to new concerns and implement changes to the safety, health and environmental protection system and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Workplace safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are communicated 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Preventive safety, health and environmental protection inspections are conducted and inspection findings and proposed solutions for both existing and new concerns are reported 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Safety, health and environmental protection practices are benchmarked and recommendations made 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Training plans for safety, health and environmental protection training are devised 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Appropriate changes to the safety, health and environmental protection system are implemented where necessary 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Indicators
    1. Safety, health and environmental protection policies and procedures are visible in the workplace
    2. Multiple methods are used to communicate policies and procedures
    3. Records of team member notification of policies and procedures are on file
    4. Communication is delivered in a timely manner to correct parties and feedback from team members is sought to determine the effectiveness of communication
    5. Inspections are thorough, timely and cover all relevant aspects of safety, health and environmental concerns
    6. Inspections include visual and information gathered directly from workers
    7. Proposed solutions are documented and tested and revised as necessary
    8. Appropriate benchmarking information is gathered from recognised industry leaders
    9. Analysis of company's current practices against benchmarking data is conducted and documented
    10. Improvements are recommended based on benchmarking information gathered
    11. Safety health and environmental protection requirements for team members and safety, health and environmental records are analysed to determine training needs
    12. Team member input regarding training needs is solicited and analysed
    Understanding confirmed
    1. Respond to 'what if' and 'why' questions covering:
  • Purpose of optimising safety, health and environmental protection practices
  • Purpose of preventive inspections
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices
  • Benchmarking
  • Training needs
  • Implementing changes to the safety, health and environmental system 


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of the MERSETA Education and Training Quality Assuror (ETQA) who has jurisdiction over this field of learning.
    The assessor will (at the very least) be accredited and have a technical qualification in this learning area.
    The learner can be assessed in the language of his/her choice although if s/he has to report incidents or conditions to some one else, s/he will be assessed on his/her ability to report in the language commonly used in the working environment.
    The learner will be assessed in the workplace or by simulation, but can submit documents, projects, test results and assignments that are not produced in the workplace or by the RPL process.
    The learner can be assessed against this unit standard to obtain credits or as part of an integrated assessment for a qualification. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    1. Purpose of:
  • Optimisation

    2. Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • Benchmarking
  • Types of solutions to eliminate unsafe practices

    3. Processes and events:
  • Implications of failing to conduct regular preventive inspections
  • Implications of failing to identify and prioritise training needs in respect of safety, health and the environment

    4. Procedures and techniques:
  • For conducting preventive inspections
  • For benchmarking
  • For determining and prioritising training needs of team members

    5. Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Applicable safety, health and environmental legislation and regulations
  • Applicable company policies and standards

    6. Relationships, systems:
  • Relationship between optimisation of the safety, health and environmental system and productivity 

  • 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 unsafe practices 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others:
  • To gather information from recognised industry leaders to benchmark safety, health and environmental protection practices 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • When performing preventive safety, health and environmental protection inspections 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • To determine training needs of team members 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems:
  • Explain the relationship between optimisation of the safety, health and environmental system and productivity 

  • 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  21007   National Certificate: Automotive component manufacturing and assembly  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-11-01  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  23260   National Certificate: Industrial Rubber Manufacturing: Mixing OR Extruding OR Moulding OR Calendaring  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Core  20891   National Certificate: Plastics Manufacturing  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2005-04-13  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  49448   National Certificate: Plastics Manufacturing  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Core  60072   National Diploma: Inspection and Assessment (Non-Metallics)  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  22861   National Certificate: Autotronics  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  58883   National Certificate: Fluid Power  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  22773   National Certificate: Mechatronics  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2011-02-16  Was MERSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  57122   National Certificate: Printing and Manufacture of Packaging  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 
    Elective  58309   National Diploma: Project Management  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 


    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. DMP Training (PINETOWN) (TP) 
    2. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MAITLAND) (TP) 
    3. Plastics Federation of South Africa (MIDRAND) (TP) 
    4. Plastics Federation of South Africa (WESTMEAD) (TP) 
    5. The Automobile Association of South Africa NPC T/A The AA Technical College(MIDRAND) (TP) 



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