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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct a baseline risk assessment and take appropriate action 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244287  Conduct a baseline risk assessment and take appropriate action 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Occupational Health and Safety 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Preventive Health 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 is for learners who have to demonstrate the ability to conduct a base-line risk assessment in a work place. Learners credited with this unit standard will be capable of:
  • Explaining the specified requirements to conduct a base-line risk assessment.
  • Preparing for a base-line risk assessment.
  • Conducting a base-line risk assessment.
  • Initiating remedial actions for hazards identified and risks assessed. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4.
  • Communication at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the specified requirements needed to conduct a base-line risk assessment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The process of identifying hazards and assessing the associated risks, as well as the information required to conduct the baseline risk assessment is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The definitions and applications of the base-line risk assessment process are explained and applied to the identified hazards and associated risks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The sequence of applying control measures when dealing with hazards is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of identifying, dealing with and reporting hazards is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The application of the different types of risk assessments is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to conduct a baseline risk assessment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relevant documents are collated based on previously identified hazards, risks and associated risks, incidents and control measures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Team members are selected and trained in a manner that fosters teamwork and avoids conflict. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of ensuring that personal protective equipment is available, operational, fit for purpose, and used in accordance with its design and specified requirements is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The required arrangements in terms of venues, sites and attendance are explained according to the selected methodology. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct a baseline risk assessment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hazards and associated risks are identified and assessed in comparison with available standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A risk profile is drafted, identified deviations are recorded and a report is prepared. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Initiate remedial action for hazards identified and risks assessed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Control measures are identified, deviations recorded and actions taken, compliant with the specified operational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Final reports are completed, submitted to designated personnel on time and dates are proposed for subsequent control assessments. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or another ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Specified Requirements:

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

    Legal:
  • Include, but not limited to, pertinent sections of legislation - including associated regulations and other supporting documentation.

    Range:
  • Occupational health, safety and environment.
  • Mining and minerals.
  • Local government.
  • Mandatory codes of practice.
  • Safety standards.

    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.

    Information is obtained from PERTINENT sections of CURRENT documents. 

  • 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.

    Note:
  • By participating in the risk assessment process the individual will be required to have a basic knowledge on the specific requirements of a health and safety risk assessment programme and so be able to solve problems and make decisions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note:
  • The individual will have to take an active part in the risk assessment process to ensure the requirements and needs of the represented people are addressed. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note:
  • As part of the team, the individual will take into account the activities around him/her and ensure that his/her actions are complementary. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise, analyse and critically evaluate information.

    Note:
  • When participating in a health and safety risk assessment programme, the individual will have to collect, organize and evaluate information in such a way that he/she will be able to contribute to decision-making. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and/or language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations.

    Note:
  • The expectations and contributions of the represented people is communicated during the development, implementation and evaluation of the health and safety risk assessment programme and feedback on the progress and results of the programme is provided. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Note:
  • Science and technology are used at the appropriate level, e.g. in interpreting statistical data. 

  • 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.

    Note:
  • He/she must understand the impact of the health and safety risk assessment programme on the overall objectives of the working place. 

  • 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  58625   National Certificate: Occupational Safety  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Core  79808   National Diploma: Occupational Safety  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  79807   Further Education and Training Certificate: Occupational Hygiene and Safety  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  66389   Higher Certificate: Diagnostic and Procedural Coding  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 


    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. National Occupational Safety 
    2. X-Factor Safety Consultants 



    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.