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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Work in confined spaces on construction sites 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
15034  Work in confined spaces on construction sites 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners who are assessed as competent against this unit standard will be able to identify the hazard of confined spaces and the precautions required for the safety of the workers and public.

This unit standard underpins the Elective Learning.

It contributes to the development of a professional community of Construction workers. The contribution to The National Skills Development Strategy is the key development interface between learners and new competencies to be achieved.

Its contribution to socio-economic transformation is that learners would be able to undergo RPL-assessment and thereby received recognition for previous learning and experience. The employability and career prospects of learners can therefore be enhanced by the qualification. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
ABET Level 4 Literacy
ABET Level 3 Numeracy 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The typical scope of this unit standard is:
  • Trenches
  • Manholes
  • Chambers
  • Tunnels
  • Ducts
  • Below water tables
  • Depressions
  • Basements 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify the hazards of working in confined spaces. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Hazards relative to gasses are idenfied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Hazards relative to water are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Hazards relative to fire are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Hazards relative to soil types and conditions are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Hazards relative to installation processes of material and plant are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Hazards relative to the operation of plant and equipment are identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify appropriate protective clothing or equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Protective clothing or equipment is identified for the various tapes of hazards encountered in confined spaces. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The proper use of protective clothing or equipment is demonstrated for the various hazards situations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify training requirements for unskilled workers working in confined spaces & train the workers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Training programmes to sensitize unskilled workers to the dangers of working in confined spaces are prepared or secured. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Unskilled workers are trained in order to sensitize them to the dangers of working in confined spaces and the need for appropriate action. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Plan and Implement emergency procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Resources are identified to handle an emergency. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. A plan of action is prepared for emergency and implementation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Explain the relevant Occupational Health and safety regulations. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Explain the relevant Occupational Health and safety regulations pertaining to working in confined areas 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The application of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (no 85 of 1993) relative to working in confined spaces is explained 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Measures required in respect of the legislation are identified and applied 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the CETA-ETQA for "The National Certificate in the Management of Construction Processes - Water and Waste water".
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the CETA-ETQA.
  • CETA-ETQA or other ETQA`s who have Memorandum of Understanding in place with CETA-ETQA, would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The leaner can understand and explain:
  • Hazards associated with working in confined areas.
  • Protective clothing and their use in confined areas.
  • The relevant Occupational Health and Safety requirements for working in confined areas.
  • Training requirements to sensitize unskilled workers and train them on how to work in confined areas.
  • Elements to include in an emergency action plan as well as the required resources. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems, relating to the following outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Specific outcome:
    Identify the hazards of working in confined space.

    Assessment criteria:
    Various hazards are explained. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others, relating to the following outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Specific outcome:
    Identify the training requirements of unskilled workers working in confined space.

    Assessment criteria:
    Implementing training programmes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management, relating to the following outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Specific outcome:
    Explain the relevant occupational health and safety regulations pertaining to working in a confined space.

    Assessment criteria:
    The application of the act is explained. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information, relating to the following outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Specific outcome:
    Identify appropriate protective clothing or equipment.

    Assessment criteria:
    The proper use of the protective clothing or equipment is demonstrated. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, relating to the following outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Specific outcome:
    Identify the training requirements of unskilled workers working in confined spaces and train the workers.

    Assessment criteria:
    Implementing training programmes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence, relating to the following outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Specific outcome:
    Identify the hazards of working in confined space.

    Assessment criteria:
    Various hazards are explained. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand contextual world systems, relating to the following outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Specific outcome:
    Plan and implement emergency procedures.

    Assessment criteria:
    A plan of action is prepared for emergency and implemented. 

    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  24133   National Certificate: Construction: Roadworks  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  77063   National Certificate: Construction Health and Safety  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  49080   National Certificate: Construction: Advanced Crane Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  49081   National Certificate: Construction: Advanced Plant Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  49012   National Certificate: Construction: Concrete Reinforcing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-05-13  Was CETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  24173   National Certificate: Construction: Roadworks  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  65709   National Certificate: Construction: Steelwork  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  23673   National Certificate: Supervision of Civil Engineering Construction Processes: Water and Waste Water  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2004-06-09  Was CETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  49411   General Education and Training Certificate: Construction  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  49410   National Certificate: Construction  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  49016   National Certificate: Construction: Concreting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  49015   National Certificate: Construction: Structural Steel Erecting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-05-13  Was CETA 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. Abakholwe Community Developers (Pty) Ltd 
    2. Abasizi Contractor Development Services Pty Ltd 
    3. Africa Training Centre 
    4. AFRICAN ACAD.FOR COM.ASSIS.ENGINEERING 
    5. Arehone Consulting 
    6. Aveng Grinaker -LTA Civil Engineering 
    7. BH Training and Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    8. BOLAND COLLEGE (Paarl) 
    9. Buna Construction And Projects 
    10. CLEAN HEAT ENERGY SAVING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    11. Construction Resource Development Centre 
    12. DAMBUZA COMMUNITY TRUST 
    13. Dego Consultants 
    14. Eastcape Training Centre 
    15. EDUCATORY ELECTRO SERVICES 
    16. Edzani Community Development and Consultancy 
    17. Ergo-Maphelong Institute 
    18. ETS Emergency Training Solutions (PTY) LTD 
    19. IMBAWULA CIVIL PROJECTS 
    20. In Touch Comm Develop & 
    21. Interlink Technical Training 
    22. IQHAYIYA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Legacy) 
    23. IZWE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT NPC SDL 
    24. Josmap Training Institute 
    25. Macsen Construction & Projects 
    26. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP) 
    27. Microzone Training CC 
    28. Mopani South East FET College - Central Office 
    29. Nomagwanishe Investments cc 
    30. NOMASOJABULA TRAINING CENTRE 
    31. NSINGWENI CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 
    32. Pat Sesfikile Trading CC 
    33. Powerpro Technologies and Training Facility (PTY) LTD 
    34. Protech Training cc 
    35. Sekhukhune District Municipality EMS Training Academy 
    36. South African Value Education (Pty) Ltd 
    37. Sphola Consulting CC 
    38. STEVENEL TRAINING CONSTRUCTION AND CIVIL 
    39. The Business Zone 352 
    40. Tius Consultants 
    41. Top Performers For Africa Cc 
    42. Topfix Scaffolding (Pty) Ltd 
    43. Training Force (Pty) Ltd 
    44. TRANSVAAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION 
    45. TSEBO SECHABA CONSULTING 
    46. TSK Projects 
    47. Ubucubu Home Industries 
    48. UTHUNGULU HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT 
    49. Zwartkop Training Centre 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.