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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate understanding of good health, safety, hygiene and environmental practices in a manufacturing environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246509  Demonstrate understanding of good health, safety, hygiene and environmental practices in a manufacturing environment 
ORIGINATOR
Chemical Industries SGB 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
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 is intended for a person working in a chemical manufacturing environment who has the responsibility of applying safety practices and procedures within his/her scope of work.

This unit will contribute to the full development of the learner by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of manufacturing and assembly.
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 within the chemical manufacturing environment.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Explain relevant safety, health and environment legislation and Company policy.
  • Discuss safe and environmentally correct practices in a manufacturing environment.
  • Maintain personal hygiene and health in a manufacturing environment.
  • Identify sound manufacturing practices. 

  • 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 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard is for any person working in a chemically-related manufacturing environment who has the responsibility of applying safety practices and procedures within scope of work. The most pertinent legislation relating to this unit standard is: The Occupational Health and Safety Act (1993) and all relevant regulations and amendments.

    Other contexts typical of this unit standard are described in the range statements listed under the relevant assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Apply relevant safety, health and environment legislation and Company policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A broad explanation is given of the purpose of legislation related to safety, health and environment as it applies in the context of the operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Chemicals are described in terms of applicable legislation in a way that demonstrates that the operator understands his/her rights and responsibilities. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The roles and responsibilities of the safety structures and appointments are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The impact of the Company's health, safety and environmental programmes on the Employer and Employees is discussed with reference to legislation and best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The purpose, principles and types of work permits are explained in the context of existing legislation and Company requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safety appliances, equipment and devices are pointed out, and the consequences of their malfunction are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety appliances, equipment and devices include:
  • Signage, safety showers, fire extinguishers and automated fire fighting systems, respirators, sprinklers, smoke detectors, safety reels.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Infrastructure used to ensure a healthy working environment and prevention of pollution is identified and its operation confirmed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sound attenuation, gas, dust and fume extraction and effluent and waste extraction.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Discuss safe and environmentally correct practices in a manufacturing environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Factors that can influence safety are identified and described according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Factors:
  • Contamination, foreign objects, cleaning and/or sanitising procedures, equipment wear and tear, personal hygiene, environmental conditions.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The impact of poor environmental practices is evaluated and explained with regards to legislation, Company reputation, damage to the environment, and cost. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Machine safety features are pointed out and their functions explained, with reference to applicable safety legislation and best practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety features include:
  • Safety switches; shields, guards, trip switches, sensors.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Hazardous areas are pointed out and regulations for entering such areas are described, with reference to applicable safety legislation and Company policy. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hazardous areas include:
  • Areas affected by hazardous chemicals, extreme heat or cold, electrical current, contaminated waste.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Occupational risks are identified and procedures to minimize hazards are described with reference to enterprise regulations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hazards include:
  • Noise, vibration, dust, radiation, electric and electromagnetic fields, extreme wet.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Maintain personal hygiene and health in a manufacturing environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Consequences of poor personal hygiene are explained with reference to contamination of product and fellow worker, in line with enterprise requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Personal hygiene includes:
  • The use and maintenance of prescribed apparel.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sources of contamination that could lead to health hazards are identified and eliminated, in line with standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sources of contamination refer to microbiological (hand washing, open wounds, sickness), chemical and physical sources.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The potential for occurrence of contamination or infectious illnesses in a work environment is discussed, and ways of minimizing the spread of disease are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify sound manufacturing practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Manufacturing procedures that enhance the quality of product and the health and safety of personnel, are described in relation to the work context of the operator. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Manufacturing procedures refer to personal hygiene and safety, cleaning of equipment and workstation, sanitisation (where applicable), maintenance of equipment, and ensuring quality of raw materials, in-process and final product.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Waste and/or by-products from the manufacturing process is handled, stored or recycled, or disposed of in a manner that is environmentally acceptable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Wastewater/sewage and storm water systems are pointed out, and good effluent control practices are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes:
  • Chemical spill prevention and control, sources of water contamination, connectivity of correct piping systems, effluent pre-treatment.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Solid waste disposal systems are pointed out and good practices for the disposal of solids are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Gas and/or fume emission treatment systems are pointed out and good practices for the control of gases and/or fumes are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Pests and sources of contamination are identified and procedures are followed to prevent infestation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The reasons why prevention of contamination is preferable to end product testing and rework or disposal are explained in relation to productivity principles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Productivity principles:
  • Waste minimization, operational efficiencies, cost of production.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this qualification 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 Qualification 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 at exit points of the Qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual Unit Standards as well as the integrated competence described in the Qualification.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this Qualification 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 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected within the assessment criteria of each specific outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made:
  • Using one's understanding of safety, health and environmental legislation to solve problems in the work place.

    Refer to all Specific Outcome/s. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community:
  • Application of safety, health and environmental standards.

    Refer to all Specific Outcome/s. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Evaluating the legislation and applying a system to maintain it in the workplace.

    Refer to all Specific Outcome/s. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations:
  • Explaining the meaning of chemical signage.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Apply relevant safety, health and environment legislation and Company policy. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others:
  • Applying chemical principles safely in the work place.

    Refer to all Specific Outcome/s. 

  • 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:
  • Ensuring that the legislation is translated into a safe, healthy and environmentally positive environment.

    Refer to all Specific Outcome/s. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large:
  • Understanding the role of safety, health and environment in the work environment.

    Refer to all Specific Outcome/s. 

  • 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  58975   National Certificate: Automated Packaging Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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