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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Describe how to manage substance abuse and addiction in the workplace 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244581  Describe how to manage substance abuse and addiction in the workplace 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Life Skills 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies People/Human-Centred Development 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular-Fundamental  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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
114951  Describe how to manage substance abuse and addiction in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is intended for learners who are required to manage substance abuse in the workplace in terms of accommodating limitations, dealing with emergencies, providing the necessary facilities and being proactive in providing ongoing support.

A manager in the context of this Unit Standard is the manager of a small business and first line managers of business units, team leaders and supervisors in medium and large organisations. The term business unit implies a small business, cost centre, section or department.

The Unit Standard was developed as a means of contributing to change in leadership focus and empowering managers to look at people issues.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Recognising the signs and symptoms of substance abuse and addiction.
  • Describing the implications and consequences of substance abuse for the individual and the organisation.
  • Explaining the manager's role in dealing with intoxicated and addicted employees.
  • Explaining the recovery process and the implications for managers. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication at NQF Level 2. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this Unit Standard is professional and workplace relationships:
  • Indication of signs and symptoms excludes diagnosis.
  • Behaviour refers to interpersonal relationships.
  • The addiction process refers to the twelve-step process and variations according to the type of substance abuse. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Recognise the signs and symptoms of substance abuse and addiction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concepts of substance abuse and addiction are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Clusters of symptoms that indicate possible substance abuse are identified in a specific situation in order to make a management decision. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Patterns of behaviour in the workplace that indicate dependency are identified in a specific situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Stages in the dependency process are outlined with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The dangers of managers making an unqualified clinical diagnosis are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the implications and consequences of substance abuse and addiction for the individual and the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The impact of substance abuse on an individual is explained with reference to personal consequences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The impact of substance abuse on co-workers is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relationship between substance abuse and work performance is explained with reference to agreed performance standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The impact of substance abuse on an organisation is explained with reference to productivity, cost, risks, safety and legal implications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the manager's role in dealing with intoxicated and addicted employees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The process to be followed in dealing with intoxication at work is explained with reference to an organisation's policies and sound legal practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The process to be followed in dealing with addiction or dependency is explained with reference to the team member's or manager's role in intervening in the situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Situations where it would be necessary to refer an employee for assistance are identified and an indication is given of available professional support structures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Issues of confidentiality, discrimination and professional and ethical conduct in dealing with intoxication or addiction are discussed with reference to the role of the manager. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the recovery process and the implications for managers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The addiction treatment process is outlined and an indication is given of the importance of the process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The concepts of recovery and relapse are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    High-risk situations that could contribute to a relapse are identified for a specific example or case and suggestions are made as to how managers and colleagues could support the treatment process. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a candidate against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists 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 or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • 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 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to make decisions in identifying clusters of symptoms in order to make a management decision. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively in applying an organisation's policies and procedures to manage intoxication and addiction. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to be culturally sensitive in describing the personal consequences of substance abuse and addiction for the individual. 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 114951, "Describe how to manage substance abuse and addiction in the workplace", Level 3, 2 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  67589   National Certificate: Equine Practices  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  72049   National Certificate: Pharmacist Assistance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  60209   Further Education and Training Certificate: Child and Youth Care Work  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 
    Elective  64389   Further Education and Training Certificate: Corrections Services  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  49256   Further Education and Training Certificate: Counselling  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 
    Elective  78143   Further Education and Training Certificate: Military Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  59889   Further Education and Training Certificate: Military Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2010-01-25  Was SAS SETA 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. DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES: GOEDEMOED 
    2. SA ARMY GYMNASIUM 
    3. SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE COLLEGE 



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