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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Mark off drill holes for blasting in quarries 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
230015  Mark off drill holes for blasting in quarries 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
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 
This unit standard will be useful to people who are responsible for preparing areas for drilling and marking off drill holes in quarries. People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic drilling and blasting patterns.
  • Prepare to mark off for drilling.
  • Mark off the area to be drilled. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the drilling and blasting requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of drilling and blasting is explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The drilling equipment in use in the operation is identified and the basic principle of operation explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The drilling patterns in use are described and the implication of keeping to the particular pattern explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The hazards relating to drilling and blasting are explained and the preventive measures in place are explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to mark off the workplace for drilling. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The work area is identified and demarcated in accordance with the drill pattern specified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The work area is examined and hazards and defects are rectified or reported in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Examination must include the following:
  • Misfires and loose explosives.
  • Overhang.
  • Large rocks.
  • Bench edges.
  • Moving machinery.
  • Water accumulations.
  • Underfoot conditions.
  • Toes.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Marking off equipment is assembled and checked in accordance with requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Personal protective equipment is selected, checked and worn in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Consequences of inadequate preparation are described in terms of potential effects on safety, health, production and damage to equipment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Preparation must include the following:
  • Demarcation of area.
  • Work area examination.
  • Preparation of the bench.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Mark off the workplace to be drilled. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The drill area is marked off in accordance with the required drill pattern. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Anomalies are assessed and rectified or reported in accordance with requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Anomalies must include the following:
  • Variations in bench level.
  • Back break.
  • Weak ground.
  • Intrusions.
  • Voids.
  • Undercuts in face.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reporting and recording are conducted in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Specified reporting and recording must include the following:
  • Reporting to supervisor.
  • Submitting reports.
  • Logbook entries.
  • Permit documentation.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Drill holes are marked off in accordance with Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental requirements. 


    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 relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard 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 following embedded knowledge is assessed in an integrated way in the context of the unit standard.

    Knowledge relating to the method of marking off drill holes
  • Purpose of marking off drill holes.
  • Principles and methods for marking off drill holes.
  • Typical equipment used and their applications.
  • Relevant terminology and names of systems and components.
  • Possible non-conformances, their consequences and mitigating actions.

    Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental issues
  • Significant hazards and risks related to marking off drill holes.
  • Safety measures related to marking off drill holes.
  • Personal protective equipment requirements and the reason for each.
  • Impact on the environment and mitigating actions.
  • Emergency procedures.

    Applicable statutory requirements
  • Relevant clauses from applicable acts and regulations.
  • Codes of practice.
  • Marker competency requirements and restrictions.

    Communication
  • Reporting requirements and ability.
  • Communicating with relevant personnel.
  • Liaison with associated operations and personnel. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.
  • The ability of the learner to identify substandard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community.
  • In the process of marking off drill holes a team effort is required to meet productivity targets and the learner is expected to comply with these requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage himself/herself and his/her activities responsibly and effectively.
  • The ability of the learner to indicate what methods, tools and Personal Protective Equipment and other resources are required, and to communicate to fellow workers his/her intentions and the assistance required. The learner is expected to plan and achieve the workload/volume requirements. 

  • 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 
    Terminology

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal
  • Relevant Acts, e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act, 1996 (Act No. 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act No. 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SABS and other relevant standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives.

    Site-specific
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  57121   National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Quarrying  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2008-09-17  Was MQA until Last Date for Achievement 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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