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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Receive, handle, store and issue explosives and accessories at a workplace 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244378  Receive, handle, store and issue explosives and accessories at a workplace 
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 have to receive, store and issue explosives and accessories at a workplace.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain the specified requirements pertaining to the receiving, storage and issuing of explosives and accessories at a workplace.
  • Prepare to receive, store and issue explosives and accessories at a workplace.
  • Receive, handle, store and issue explosives and accessories at a workplace.
  • Perform post-receiving, storage and issuing activities.

    The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard contribute to social and economic transformation and the upliftment and economic growth of the mining and minerals sector by receiving, storing and issuing explosives and accessories at a workplace as part of the mining process.

    This unit standard is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and understanding of persons responsible for receiving, storing and issuing explosives and accessories at a workplace in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable, competent and informed workers. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Follow basic health and safety practices. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the specified requirements pertaining to the receiving, handling, storage and issuing of explosives and accessories at a workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation of the significant risks and consequences associated with the workplace hazards pertaining to the receiving, storage and issuing of explosives and accessories, is according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Workplace hazards must include:
  • Unsafe ground conditions.
  • Unsafe support conditions.
  • Unsafe/sub-standard explosives containers:
    > Condition.
    > Spacing.
    > Type.
    > Location.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The explanation of the significant risks and consequences associated with the work related hazards pertaining to the receiving, storage and issuing of explosives and accessories, is according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Work related hazards must include:
  • Handling of explosives and accessories.
  • Transporting explosives and accessories.
  • Storage of explosives and accessories.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to receive, handle, store and issue explosives and accessories at a workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal protective equipment is available, fit for purpose, operational and used according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The required tools, material and equipment are available in the workplace, fit for purpose and operational according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The areas where the explosives and accessories are to be received, stored and issued are examined for workplace hazards and such hazards are dealt with according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Workplace hazards must include:
  • Unsafe ground conditions.
  • Unsafe support conditions.
  • Unsafe/sub-standard explosives containers:
    > Condition.
    > Spacing.
    > Type.
    > Location.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Precautions taken to prevent inadvertent entry into the areas where the explosives and accessories are to be received, stored and issued are according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The explanation of the consequences to safety, health and production, if specified requirements are not adhered to whilst preparing to receive, store and issue explosives and accessories, is according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include consequences of non-adherence to specified requirements in terms of:
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Selection and examination of tools, material and equipment.
  • Area examination.
  • Precautions taken to prevent inadvertent entry.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Receive, handle, store and issue explosives and accessories at a workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Explosives and accessories are received according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Receiving must include:
  • Completion of documents.
  • Verification of types and quantities of explosives and accessories ordered.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The tools and equipment are used according to specified requirements and in line with accepted ergonomic principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Work-related hazards are dealt with according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Work related hazards must include:
  • Handling of explosives and accessories.
  • Transporting explosives and accessories.
  • Storage of explosives and accessories.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Interpersonal interaction is positive, consistent with specified requirements, promotes effective teamwork and avoids dysfunctional conflict. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Explosives and accessories are stored according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Storage must include:
  • Placement in terms of types and quantities.
  • Locking of containers.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Explosives and accessories are issued according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The explanation of the consequences to safety, health and production, if specified requirements are not adhered to whilst receiving, storing and issuing explosives and accessories, is according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include consequences of non-adherence to specified requirements in terms of:
  • Receiving of explosives and accessories.
  • Use of tools and equipment.
  • Interpersonal interaction.
  • Storing of explosives and accessories.
  • Issuing of explosives and accessories.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform post-receiving, handling and storage and issuing activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools and equipment are prepared and stored for subsequent use and those defective are dealt with according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reports are completed and submitted according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The explanation of the consequences to safety, health and production, if specified requirements are not adhered to whilst performing post- receiving, storage and issuing activities, is according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include consequences of non-adherence to specified requirements in terms of:
  • Preparation and storage of tools and equipment for subsequent use.
  • Completion and submission of reports.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor 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 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.

    The following items reflect the type of knowledge that the assessor will evaluate:

    Causes and effects, implications of:
  • Hazards and risks not dealt with.
  • Sub-standard work practices.
  • Sub-standard use of tools and equipment.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Receiving, handling, storage and issuing procedures.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Safety, health and environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Quality policies, standards and agreements.

    Relationships, systems:
  • Interpersonal interaction with team members. 

  • 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: The ability of the candidate to identify sub-standard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

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

    Note: The ability and willingness of the candidate to accept and interpret work instructions correctly. 

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

    Note: The ability of the candidate to indicate what methods, tools and personal protective equipment is required and communicate to fellow workers his/her intentions and assistance required. 

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

    Note: The ability of the candidate to reconcile the information from visual and physical examinations and constantly evaluate the changing situation. 

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

    Note: The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazards and sub-standard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective communication. 

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

    Note: The use of science and technology is not relevant to this unit standard. 

    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: The ability of the candidate to safely receive, store and issue explosives and accessories and to understand the consequences of not adhering to standards in terms of the safety of all persons working underground. 

    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:

    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.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives.

    Site specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Voluntary Codes of Practice.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications of 1993.

    Notes to Assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will
    be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.

    Unit standard justification:

    Level:

    Attribute; Level; Justification:
  • Skills; Level 2; The skills required have some variety but are still fairly simple.
  • Procedures; Level 2; Although the procedure is known and familiar (as level 1) it is not as repetitive.
  • Context; Level 2; Although the process could occur in different contexts, the contexts are repeatedly applicable and known to the candidate.
  • Knowledge; Level 2; The knowledge required is merely related to the operation and no theory needs to be applied.
  • Information processing; Level 2; Information is readily available but some processing is required.
  • Problem Solving; Level 2; The key difference from level two is the application of some "judgement".
  • Orientation of activities; Level 3; Follows instructions but have some autonomy to make own decisions and give instructions down ward.
  • Application of responsibility; Level 3; Candidate's output is quality checked, i.e. on random based.
  • Orientation of scope of responsibility; Level 2; Some responsibility towards quantity and quality.
  • Average Level: 20/9 = 2.2; Actual Level Assigned: 2.

    Credits:

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcome:

    Activity; Hours:
  • Classroom Teaching; 6 hours.
  • On-The-Job Training; 18 hours.
  • Mentoring required; 0 hours.
  • Other (Specify); 0 hours.
  • Total; 24 hours.
  • Credits Achieved: 24/10 = 2.4; Actual Credits Assigned: 2. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  62869   National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Surface Excavations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Elective  58739   National Certificate: Mining Operations for Underground Hard Rock  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    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. Adcorp Technical Training 
    2. Anglo American Platinum Limited 
    3. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (V/R) 
    4. ASSMANG LTD 
    5. B.I.O. Comptrain 
    6. BAFOKENG RASIMONE MANAGEMENT SERVICES PTY LTD 
    7. BANA BA THARI MINING TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY (PTY) LTD 
    8. Barberton Mines (pty) Ltd 
    9. BOOYSENDAL PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
    10. COLLIERY TRAINING COLLEGE 
    11. Concor Projects (pty) Ltd 
    12. CULLINAN DIAMOND MINE (PTY) LTD 
    13. De Beers Voorspoed Mine 
    14. DIESEL POWER OPENCAST MINING (PTY) LTD 
    15. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    16. DWARSRIVER CHROME MINE (PTY) LTD 
    17. EASTERN PLATINUM LIMITED 
    18. EVANDER GOLD MINES LTD - KINROSS DIVISION 
    19. Exxaro Coal Pty Ltd 
    20. FOSKOR Pty Ltd 
    21. Fundisa Zonke Training Academy 
    22. Glencore Operations South Africa (PTY) LTD - Eastern Mines 
    23. Grinaker LTA Mining 
    24. HARMONY GOLD MINING COMPANY LIMITED 
    25. Hotazel Manganese Mines (pty)ltd 
    26. IMPALA PLATINUM LIMITED - RUSTENBURG 
    27. KHUTALA COLLIERY 
    28. KOLOMELA MINE 
    29. Kumba Sishen HRD Centre 
    30. MANCAS CONSULTANCY CC 
    31. Marula PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
    32. Mathome Training & Development 
    33. MESSINA PLATINUM MINES 
    34. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD 
    35. MODIKWA PLATINUM MINE 
    36. MOOLMAN BROS CONST CO PTY 
    37. MURRAY & ROBERTS CEMENTATION PTY LTD 
    38. NKOMATI MINE 
    39. NORTHAM PLATINUM LIMITED 
    40. Palabora Copper Pty Ltd 
    41. PMC TRAINING CONSULTANTS AND ASSOCIATES (PTY) LTD 
    42. PRETORIA PORTLAND CEMENT CO_LTD (HEAD OFFICE) 
    43. Prisma Training Solutions 
    44. Rand Uranium (Pty) Ltd 
    45. SAFETY TRAINING PRACTITIONERS PTY LTD 
    46. SAMANCOR CHROME LTD t/a Western Chrome Mine 
    47. SAMANCOR EASTERN CROME MINES 
    48. SANHS Labour Hire t/a SAN CONTRACTING SERVICES 
    49. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING 
    50. SENZEKO EXECUTIVE RISK CC 
    51. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    52. Sibanye Gold Limited - Beatrix division 
    53. Sibanye Gold Limited - Kloof division 
    54. Technology Risk Solutions 
    55. Triton Training and Development 
    56. TSHEPO RECRUITMENT MINNING(PTY)LTD 
    57. TWO RIVERS PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
    58. VENETIA MINE 
    59. Westdawn Investments (Pty) Ltd. trading as JIC Mining Services 
    60. WESTERN PLATINUM KAREE MINE 
    61. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 
    62. XSTRATA COAL 
    63. XTRACT TRAINING SERVICES (PTY) LTD 
    64. ZULEK TRAINING SPECIALISTS (PTY) LTD 



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