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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Maintain personal hygiene, health and presentation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12514  Maintain personal hygiene, health and presentation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Hygiene & Cleaning Services 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Personal Care 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2006-02-14  2007-02-21  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2008-02-21   2011-02-21  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
243193  Practice good health and grooming habits  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners working towards this standard will be learning towards the full qualification, or will be involved in or working within a cleaning services environment. Qualifying learners are able to present him/herself as a healthy, well-groomed and well-behaved person in a commercial, industrial, pharmaceutical, food handling, domestic and health care cleaning environment. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
The learner has the speaking and listening ability equal to an ABET Level 1 Com 101 standard and/or any other communication skill that will enable him/her to confirm the knowledge and skills required by this unit standard. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
1. The scope of this unit standard is to any person in a variety of work environments.
2. In the context of this unit standard, personal hygiene refers to habits relating to personal cleanliness and health at home and at work. Grooming refers primarily to habits and behaviour that affects other people`s perception of the individual.
3. The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because the process is limited in range, no generation of new ideas is needed and the person has no responsibility for the learning of others.

RANGE STATEMENTS THAT REFER TO ASSESSMENT CRITERIA IN THIS UNIT STANDARD

1. Hands need to be washed after smoking, eating, sneezing, blowing nose, handling waste, etc.
2. Health problems include but are not limited to hepatitis, TB, diarrhea, food poisoning, influenza, etc.
3. Unhygienic behaviour includes but is not limited to spitting, coughing and sneezing without the hand/tissue in front of the mouth/nose, scratching body parts, sharing personal items and handling of chewing gum.
4. Good hygiene includes but is not limited to cleanliness of hair, body and teeth. Sneezing / blowing nose requires covering nose using tissue paper, blowing into tissue and discarding used tissue paper immediately after use. In a sensitive work environment, the use of handkerchiefs is not recommended.
5. Personal items include but are not limited to tooth brushes, hairbrushes, face cloths, razors, bath towels, bath soap, water for washing.
6. The unacceptable use of tobacco products includes but is not limited to regulations as per the law, the spreading of disease (cross contamination) and smoking in danger areas. It also refers to chewing tobacco, using snuff and throwing cigarette butts on floors.
7. Personal grooming can include but is not limited to clean and well-kept shoes, hair, body hair, facial hair, nails, nail varnish, cosmetics and jewellery.
8. Protective clothing includes but is not limited to headgear, eye protection, overalls, uniforms, aprons, loose sleeves, gloves, footwear and safety shoes.
9. Protective clothing sometimes should not be worn when stipulated in company requirements. This typically includes when off duty, outside of food or pharmaceutical processing plants due to contamination risks, when going to toilets, when eating, when off the premises or when travelling to/from work.
10. Common contagious diseases include but are not limited to diarrhoea, tuberculosis (TB), pink eye (conjunctivitis), and influenza. (Although measles, mumps, chicken pocks and other childhood diseases are contagious, they are less common in adults and no the main focus of this unit standard)
11. Limiting the spread of disease includes but is not limited to regular hand washing, keeping people away from the sick person, covering nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, not touching any body fluids, washing cups, plates and cutlery thoroughly with hot water between use, not sharing cups or eating utensils, washing linen. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Wash hands effectively. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Applies soap or hand washing detergent. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Explains why soap and water needs to be used for washing hands. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Lathers hands for a minimum of 10 seconds. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Explains why the lather needs to be on the hands for at least 10 seconds. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Washes palms, backs of hands, between fingers and under jewellery. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Explains the areas where most of the dirt and germs can collect on hands. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Rinses and dry hands. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. Closes taps after use. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
9. Dries his / her hands thoroughly after washing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
10. Explains why hands need to be dried. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
11. Explains why hands should not be dried on clothing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
12. Explains why hand washing is important. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 13 
13. Gives 3 examples of when one needs to wash hands. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 14 
14. Explains the proper hand washing techniques. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 15 
15. Gives an example of health problems that can be prevented by hand washing. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Practise good hygiene and grooming habits. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Wears visibly clean clothing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Explains why it is important to wear clean clothing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Maintains personal cleanliness. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Explains why s/he needs to regularly wash his/her body, hair and brush teeth. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Gives at least four examples of unhygienic behaviour. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Explains what is meant by good hygiene. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Explains why the same water should not be used for bathing, clothes washing and dishes. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. Gives 2 examples of the unacceptable use of tobacco products in the work place. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
9. Explains why the above 2 examples are unacceptable in the work place. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
11. Explains the meaning of "properly groomed". 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
12. Make-up (where allowed) and jewellery are worn only in accordance with work site procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
13. Explains why there are work site procedures for the wearing of make-up and jewellery. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 13 
10. Looks properly groomed. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Deal with common health issues to prevent the spread of disease. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Has covered any open wounds, cuts or sores. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Explains why open wounds, sores or cuts need to be covered. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Demonstrates how s/he would cough to limit spread of germs. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Demonstrates how s/he would sneeze to limit spread of germs. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Explains why one's mouth /nose needs to be covered when coughing or sneezing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Explains why one should not scratch sores, scabs or wounds. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Explains why skin rashes should be reported. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. Names 3 common contagious illnesses. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
9. Explains 3 ways to limit the spread of common contagious illnesses. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
10. Explains why severe and sudden diarrhoea needs to be reported. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
11. Names the diseases that must be reported at his/her workplace. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
12. Explains how to report diseases. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Strictly follow hygiene and health requirements in his/her dress code. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Wears protective clothing. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Explains why protective clothing needs to be worn. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Explains when or where protective clothing should not be worn. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Maintains protective clothing in a good condition. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Describes why protective clothing needs to be clean and in a good condition. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Describes when clothing needs to be washed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Describes what causes clothing not to smell fresh. 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
1. An assessor accredited by the Services SETA ETQA will assess the competency.
2. Assessment procedures will be supplied to the ETQA in alignment with NSB requirements.
3. All assessment activities must be fair so that all candidates can have equal opportunities.
4. Assessment will be free of gender, ethnic or other bias.
5. Questions and answers must determine the theoretical knowledge.
6. Direct observation, preferably in the workplace, or as a second choice, in simulated conditions, are preferred.
7. A practical demonstration of competencies is required in this unit standard.
8. Reporting skills are demonstrated by effective communication that may be verbal or any other agreed upon method.
9. Internal Moderation
10. External Moderation 

UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
Embedded knowledge is reflected within the assessment criteria of each specific outcome. 


Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
Identify and solve problems in which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made. Evident in:
  • Deal with common health issues to prevent the spread of disease. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively. Evident in:
  • Practise good hygiene and grooming habits.
  • Strictly follow hygiene and health requirements in his/her dress code. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. Evident in:
  • Deal with common health issues to prevent the spread of disease. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. Evident in:
  • Wash hands effectively.
  • Practise good hygiene and grooming habits.
  • Deal with common health issues to prevent the spread of disease.
  • Strictly follow hygiene and health requirements in his/her dress code. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large. Evident in:
  • Wash hands effectively.
  • Practise good hygiene and grooming habits.
  • Deal with common health issues to prevent the spread of disease.
  • Strictly follow hygiene and health requirements in his/her dress code. 

  • UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 213193, which is " Practice good health and grooming habits ", Level 1, 4 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  23853   GETC: Domestic Services  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 
    Core  20173   National Certificate: Hygiene and Cleaning  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2007-02-21  Was SERVICES until Last Date for Achievement 
    Fundamental  14891   National Certificate: Agricultural Machinery Technician  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2007-10-18  Was AgriSETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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. Koue Bokkeveld Training Centre 
    2. NWK Beperk 
    3. RCL Foods-Sugar & Milling 
    4. Swift Silliker (Pty) Ltd 



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