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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Take charge of and operate a remote controlled vehicle underground 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244397  Take charge of and operate a remote controlled vehicle underground 
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 3  NQF Level 03 
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 the responsibility to take charge of and operate a remote controlled vehicle in an underground mine.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain the specified requirements pertaining to taking charge of and operating a remote controlled vehicle underground.
  • Prepare to take charge of a remote controlled vehicle underground.
  • Take charge of and operate a remote controlled vehicle underground.
  • Perform end of shift duties.

    The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth of the mining and minerals.

    This unit standard is intended to promote general skills; knowledge and understanding of taking charge of and operating a remote controlled vehicle 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:
  • Literacy and numeracy at NQF Level 2.
  • Knowledge of basic occupational health and safety principles in and around the workplace.
  • Knowledge of legal requirements pertaining to the preparation for maintenance.
  • Knowledge of the operation of the relevant equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Open. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the specified requirements pertaining to taking charge of and operating a remote controlled vehicle underground. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The risks associated with workplace hazards pertaining to taking charge of and operating a remote controlled vehicle underground is explained according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Unsafe support conditions.
  • Unsafe ground conditions.
  • Roadway conditions.
  • Inclinations.
  • Environmental conditions.
  • Confined areas.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The risks associated with work-related hazards pertaining to taking charge of and operate an articulated vehicle underground are explained according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Interaction between men and machinery.
  • Operating in proximity of obstructions.
  • Onboard fires.
  • Diesel fumes/Idling times.
  • Failure of operating mechanisms and safety equipment.
  • Traffic control.
  • Manipulation of controls.
  • Restricted areas.
  • Restricted line of sight.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The basic principles of taking charge and controlling a remote controlled vehicle are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Monitoring of instruments/gauges/safety systems.
  • Brake testing.
  • Manipulation of controls.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to take charge of a remote controlled vehicle underground. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required personal protective equipment is available, operational, fit for purpose and used in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The required tools, material and equipment are fit for purpose, operational and transported to the designated area according to specified requirements in terms of safety, securing and positioning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The workplace is examined and workplace hazards are dealt with according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Unsafe support conditions.
  • Unsafe ground conditions.
  • Roadway conditions.
  • Inclinations.
  • Environmental conditions.
  • Confined areas.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The pre-operational checks on the remote control unit and vehicle are conducted according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    All defects are dealt with according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences to safety, health and production of not adhering to specified requirements when taking charge of a remote controlled vehicle are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Selection, examination and transportation of tools, material and equipment.
  • Area examination and workplace hazards.
  • Pre-use checklists.
  • Deal with defects.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Take charge of and operate a remote controlled vehicle underground. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The remote controlled vehicle is operated and controlled according to specified requirements in terms of ergonomics, handling of controls, precautions taken to prevent injuries and property damage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work related hazards are dealt with according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Interaction between men and machinery.
  • Operating in proximity of obstructions.
  • Onboard fires.
  • Diesel fumes/idling times.
  • Failure of operating mechanisms and safety equipment.
  • Traffic control.
  • Manipulation of controls.
  • Restricted areas.
  • Restricted line of sight.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Interpersonal interaction is positive, consistent with specified requirements and promotes effective teamwork. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences to safety, health and production of not adhering to specified requirements when taking charge of and operating a remote controlled vehicle underground are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Operation and control.
  • Work related hazards.
  • Interpersonal interaction.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform end of shift duties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

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

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Lock out procedures is adhered to as per specified requirements for remote operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences to safety, health and production of not adhering to specified requirements when performing post-remote controlled operations are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Storage of tools and equipment.
  • Reports.
  • Lockout.
     


  • 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 items reflect the type of knowledge that the assessor will evaluate:

    Critical factors and functions relating to the operation:
  • Safety, health and risk management requirements.
  • Achieving specified production requirements.
  • Emergency procedures.
  • Security requirements.
  • Specified communication requirements.

    Processes and events:
  • Lockout systems.
  • Factors affecting the performance of operation.

    Causes and effects (Safety and Health):
  • Use of personal protective equipment.
  • Use of tools and equipment.
  • Condition of safety devices.
  • Workplace hazards and associated risks.
  • Effective communication.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Methods of collecting and analysing, organising, summarising and presenting data.
  • Fault finding and correction technique.
  • Quality related procedures.
  • Operating procedure.

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

  • 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 substandard 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 substandard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective communication. 

    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 understand how correct or incorrect following of the remote control operation influences the broader process of mining. 

    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 and Regulations, 1996 (Act 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives/Instructions.
  • Site-specific:
  • Managerial instructions.
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Manufacturers Specifications.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications of 1993.
  • Working Guides.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.

    Unit Standard Justification:

    Level:

    Attribute; Level; Justification:
  • Skills; Level 3; Well-developed range.
  • Procedures; Level 3; Significant choice.
  • Context; Level 3; Range of familiar.
  • Knowledge; Level 3; Some relevant theoretical.
  • Information processing; Level 2; Basic processing of readily available information.
  • Problem Solving; Level 3; A range of known responses to familiar problems, base on limited discretion and judgement.
  • Orientation of activities; Level 3; Some autonomy to make own decisions.
  • Application of responsibility; Level 2; Some responsibility towards quantity and quality, i.e. responsible for quantity and quality of each item of competence and not the overall output.
  • Orientation of scope of responsibility; Level 2; Under general supervision and quality control.

    Average Level: = 24/9 = 2.7.
    Actual Level Assigned: = 3.

    Credits:

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

    Activity; Hours:
  • Classroom Teaching; 6 Hours.
  • On-The-Job Training; 30 Hours.
  • Mentoring required; 0 Hours.
  • Other (Specify); 0 Hours.
  • Total; 36 Hours.

    Credits Achieved: = 36/10 = 3.6.
    Credits Assigned: = 4. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58739   National Certificate: Mining Operations for Underground Hard Rock  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Elective  58760   National Certificate: Rock Breaking Underground Hard Rock  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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.
     
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