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

Handle and store cleaning chemicals 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12518  Handle and store cleaning chemicals 
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
243203  Use chemicals in the cleaning services environment  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. The learner will be able to handle and store cleaning chemicals needed for everyday cleaning activities in the workplace. 

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 for any person who needs to handle and store cleaning chemicals for everyday cleaning activities. Cleaning activities can include the cleaning of textiles, different surface types and the removal of odours.
2. In the context of this unit standard cleaning equipment and chemicals refer to any cleaning chemicals or equipment used for everyday cleaning activities. Cleaning chemicals can include, but is not limited to detergents, protective products, combined maintenance products, solvents, acidic and alkaline products.
3. The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because the process is limited in range, very repetitive and familiar, 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. Above floor surfaces: include glass, Formica, wood, veneer, stainless steel, resin, painted surfaces, granite, plaster, wallpaper, sealed wood, brass, ceramic, metal and plastic.
2. Hard floor types can include, but is not limited to concrete, terrazzo, marble, reconstituted marble, quarry tiles, terracotta, ceramic, porcelain, slate, wood and steel grids.
3. Cleaning chemicals refer to detergents, protective products, combined maintenance products, solvents, acidic and alkaline products.
4. Resilient floor surfaces: can include vinyl, cushioned vinyl, asphalt, linoleum and profiled rubber.
5. Soft and upholstered surfaces: include leather, moss, curtaining, sponge screens, blinds and carpets. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Select different types of cleaning chemicals. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Selects the correct type of cleaning chemicals for the different surfaces to be cleaned. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Assessed according to worksite procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Explains the consequences of using incorrect chemicals during cleaning procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Interprets labelled and marked chemical containers correctly. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Assessed according to worksite procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Reports unmarked or unlabelled chemicals containers. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Assessed according to worksite procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Explains the consequences of using unmarked or unlabelled chemical containers. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Explains what needs to be done if a container is not labelled or marked. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Explains the risks of using and handling unlabelled as well as unmarked containers. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. Explains the importance of preparing chemicals, equipment and materials for cleaning. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Handle cleaning chemicals. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Wears the correct protective clothing when handling chemicals. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Assessed according to worksite procedures. 

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

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Explains what types of protective equipment are used. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Uses the correct safety equipment. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Assessed according to worksite procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Handles and uses cleaning chemicals. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Assessed according to worksite procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Explains why cleaning chemicals must be handled and used according to work-site procedures and safety requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Reports any accidents and spillages. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Assessed according to worksite procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. Explains the procedure of reporting accidents, spillages, unmarked and unlabelled containers. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Store cleaning chemicals. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Stores various cleaning chemicals in specified areas. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Assessed according to worksite procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Explains why certain chemicals cannot be stored together according to safety requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Explains possible problems arising from incorrect storing of chemicals. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Locates the Material Safety Data Sheets applicable to the chemicals used. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Explains why it is important to know where the Material Safety Data Sheets are kept. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Checks the stock and the condition of containers in the specified storage area. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Explains why there must always be enough stock on hand. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. Reports damaged chemical containers. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
Assessed according to worksite procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
9. Explains why damaged containers must be reported according to safety procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
10. Explains why containers must be stored and kept in a good condition. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
11. Identifies and solves problems within his/her scope of work procedures. 


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:
  • Store cleaning chemicals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community. Evident in:
  • Select different types of cleaning chemicals.
  • Store cleaning chemicals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. Evident in:
  • Handle cleaning chemicals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes or oral and/or written presentation. Evident in:
  • Select different types of cleaning chemicals.
  • Handle cleaning chemicals.
  • Store cleaning chemicals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large by participating as a responsible citizen in the life of local, national and global communities. Evident in:
  • Select different types of cleaning chemicals.
  • Handle cleaning chemicals.
  • Store cleaning chemicals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 243203, which is "Use chemicals in the cleaning services environment", Level 1, 8 credits.

    DEFINITION OF TERMS WITHIN THIS UNIT STANDARD:

    1. Detergent: A synthetic cleaning agent other than soap that is useful in the physical removal of soils.
    2. Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a complete chemical specification listing all the compounds that make up the product. Material Safety Data Sheets will also specify any hazards associated with the chemical in question, and what to do in case of spillage, medical emergencies, and any safety requirements associated with the use of the product.
    3. Soap: A natural cleaning agent produced by the reaction of fat or oil and an alkali.
    4. Solvent: A substance that is used to solubilise other materials. 

    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 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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