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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply basic safety principles in the context of conservation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12620  Apply basic safety principles in the context of conservation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nature Conservation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
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
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 
A person assessed as competent against this unit standard will recognise the need for, and apply safety principles in conservation activities. Achievement of this unit standard will contribute towards a safe working environment in a conservation context.

This competence will equip the qualifying learner with the skills required to undertake an important role in nature conservation and will enhance the employability of the qualifying learner in both nature conservation and other related jobs.

In addition the learner will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of conservation, or to strive towards conservation standards and practices at higher levels. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
A person taking this unit standard is assumed to have some basic literacy. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Guides to the scope and complexity of the specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are provided in bullet points beneath each. These are prefaced by "e.g." since they are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Identify hazardous situations relevant to the learner's environment. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
For example:
  • Items, tools, equipment
  • Substances (poison, acid, etc.)
  • Situations
  • Terrain
  • Floods
  • Overhead powerlines
  • Wet floors
  • Plants and animals 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the Unit standards being assessed.

    They must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge.

    As each situation is different, it will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment.
    Please note: learners for this standard may be unemployed, self-employed or in full employment. Assessors must ensure that assessment methods are appropriate for the learner's context.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent.
    Similarly, if a learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as competent.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT

    Assessment should include practical demonstration of competence, either in the workplace or through work-related, out-of-classroom simulation.

    A range of assessment methods should be used, including:
    Direct observation - watch the learner carry out the task or produce a desired outcome during the course of his or her normal work under normal workplace conditions.
    Product sample - examine the outcomes previously produced by the learner.
    Simulation of a specific task - set a specific task for the learner to demonstrate in a simulated environment.
    Questioning (verbal or written) - ask relevant questions linked to the unit standard.
    Testimony - collect a portfolio of evidence from suitable people (e.g. reports from a third party).

    Integrated assessment:
    It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together thus reducing the overall number of assessment 'events'.
  • Consider a complete activity in the workplace (the 'whole of work' approach) and see which unit standards relate to this activity. Please note if a learner has no formal workplace, simulations or projects can be used to reflect a complete activity.
  • Work out how learners could collect evidence on a number of unit standards at the same time covering all the critical aspects of the standards.
  • Ensure that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    Contextualising the outcomes, embedded knowledge and CCOs:
    Assessing the following will ensure the specific outcomes, essential embedded knowledge and critical-cross-field outcomes are assessed.
    NB: at NQF Level 1 the learner's ability to make decisions and act may be restricted by the workplace or learning environment. The aim of many of the standards at this level is to provide a foundation of learning to enable application at higher levels.

    Demonstrated ability to make DECISIONS about practice and to ACT accordingly:
    Assessors should consider:
    1. Potentially dangerous situations and practices in conservation activities.
    2. Rules for handling at least three dangers e.g. toxins, wild life situations and terrain.
    3. Legal aspects of safety in the workplace such as fire hazards and emergency procedures.
    4. Contingencies for a particular situation and relevant safety precautions.
    5. Correct safety procedures for a particular context and danger for a particular context e.g. fire drill/snakebite drill/animal attack etc.

    Demonstrated ability to learn from our actions and to ADAPT PERFORMANCE:
    Assessors should consider:
    6. Learners' reflection on their own performance in order to enhance future practice and learning. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    List standard safety precautions that apply across a range of local situations. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    For example:
  • Items, tools, equipment
  • Substances (poison, acid, etc.)
  • Situations
  • Terrain
  • Floods
  • Overhead powerlines
  • Wet floors
  • Plants and animals 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the Unit standards being assessed.

    They must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge.

    As each situation is different, it will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment.
    Please note: learners for this standard may be unemployed, self-employed or in full employment. Assessors must ensure that assessment methods are appropriate for the learner's context.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent.
    Similarly, if a learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as competent.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT

    Assessment should include practical demonstration of competence, either in the workplace or through work-related, out-of-classroom simulation.

    A range of assessment methods should be used, including:
    Direct observation - watch the learner carry out the task or produce a desired outcome during the course of his or her normal work under normal workplace conditions.
    Product sample - examine the outcomes previously produced by the learner.
    Simulation of a specific task - set a specific task for the learner to demonstrate in a simulated environment.
    Questioning (verbal or written) - ask relevant questions linked to the unit standard.
    Testimony - collect a portfolio of evidence from suitable people (e.g. reports from a third party).

    Integrated assessment:
    It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together thus reducing the overall number of assessment 'events'.
  • Consider a complete activity in the workplace (the 'whole of work' approach) and see which unit standards relate to this activity. Please note if a learner has no formal workplace, simulations or projects can be used to reflect a complete activity.
  • Work out how learners could collect evidence on a number of unit standards at the same time covering all the critical aspects of the standards.
  • Ensure that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    Contextualising the outcomes, embedded knowledge and CCOs:
    Assessing the following will ensure the specific outcomes, essential embedded knowledge and critical-cross-field outcomes are assessed.
    NB: at NQF Level 1 the learner's ability to make decisions and act may be restricted by the workplace or learning environment. The aim of many of the standards at this level is to provide a foundation of learning to enable application at higher levels.

    Demonstrated ability to make DECISIONS about practice and to ACT accordingly:
    Assessors should consider:
    1. Potentially dangerous situations and practices in conservation activities.
    2. Rules for handling at least three dangers e.g. toxins, wild life situations and terrain.
    3. Legal aspects of safety in the workplace such as fire hazards and emergency procedures.
    4. Contingencies for a particular situation and relevant safety precautions.
    5. Correct safety procedures for a particular context and danger for a particular context e.g. fire drill/snakebite drill/animal attack etc.

    Demonstrated ability to learn from our actions and to ADAPT PERFORMANCE:
    Assessors should consider:
    6. Learners' reflection on their own performance in order to enhance future practice and learning. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply safety procedures to oneself in the conservation workplace context. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    For example:
  • Safety clothing
  • First-aid equipment
  • Basic survival equipment
  • Handling of tools and equipment
  • Channels of communication
  • Animal behaviour
  • Poisonous plants 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the Unit standards being assessed.

    They must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge.

    As each situation is different, it will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment.
    Please note: learners for this standard may be unemployed, self-employed or in full employment. Assessors must ensure that assessment methods are appropriate for the learner's context.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent.
    Similarly, if a learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as competent.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT

    Assessment should include practical demonstration of competence, either in the workplace or through work-related, out-of-classroom simulation.

    A range of assessment methods should be used, including:
    Direct observation - watch the learner carry out the task or produce a desired outcome during the course of his or her normal work under normal workplace conditions.
    Product sample - examine the outcomes previously produced by the learner.
    Simulation of a specific task - set a specific task for the learner to demonstrate in a simulated environment.
    Questioning (verbal or written) - ask relevant questions linked to the unit standard.
    Testimony - collect a portfolio of evidence from suitable people (e.g. reports from a third party).

    Integrated assessment:
    It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together thus reducing the overall number of assessment 'events'.
  • Consider a complete activity in the workplace (the 'whole of work' approach) and see which unit standards relate to this activity. Please note if a learner has no formal workplace, simulations or projects can be used to reflect a complete activity.
  • Work out how learners could collect evidence on a number of unit standards at the same time covering all the critical aspects of the standards.
  • Ensure that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    Contextualising the outcomes, embedded knowledge and CCOs:
    Assessing the following will ensure the specific outcomes, essential embedded knowledge and critical-cross-field outcomes are assessed.
    NB: at NQF Level 1 the learner's ability to make decisions and act may be restricted by the workplace or learning environment. The aim of many of the standards at this level is to provide a foundation of learning to enable application at higher levels.

    Demonstrated ability to make DECISIONS about practice and to ACT accordingly:
    Assessors should consider:
    1. Potentially dangerous situations and practices in conservation activities.
    2. Rules for handling at least three dangers e.g. toxins, wild life situations and terrain.
    3. Legal aspects of safety in the workplace such as fire hazards and emergency procedures.
    4. Contingencies for a particular situation and relevant safety precautions.
    5. Correct safety procedures for a particular context and danger for a particular context e.g. fire drill/snakebite drill/animal attack etc.

    Demonstrated ability to learn from our actions and to ADAPT PERFORMANCE:
    Assessors should consider:
    6. Learners' reflection on their own performance in order to enhance future practice and learning. 


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
    3. Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQAs policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation; in terms of agreements reached around assessment and moderation between ETQAs (including professional bodies); and in terms of the moderation guideline detailed under point 4 immediately below.
    4. Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification.

    Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The knowledge component of this standard is:
  • Generic workplace health and safety issues.
  • Safety procedures (first aid/fire fighting etc).
  • Own role and responsibilities regarding the safety of clients/colleagues.
  • Standard operating procedures.
  • Fire behaviour.
  • Vehicle loading procedures.
  • Animal behaviour within the relevant environment.
  • Poisonous plants. 


  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Conservation is defined by the IUCN as: "Management of human use of the biosphere so that it may yield the greatest sustainable benefit to present generations while maintaining its potential to meet the need and aspirations of future generations. Thus conservation is positive, embracing preservation, maintenance, sustainable utilisation, restoration and enhancement of the natural environment."


    This Unit Standard relates to Critical Cross-field Outcomes. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  22971   General Education and Training Certificate: Conservation  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  57829   General Education and Training Certificate: Grain Handling Processes  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  20151   National Certificate: Grain Handling Processes  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  14854   National Certificate: Agric Sales and Services  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    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. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    2. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    3. Deloitte 
    4. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 
    5. Mpontshe Training 
    6. NWK Beperk 
    7. RCL Foods-Sugar & Milling 
    8. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    9. Senwes Beperk 
    10. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    11. VKB LANDBOU (PTY) LTD 



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