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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply safety concepts to a gas installation site 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246575  Apply safety concepts to a gas installation site 
ORIGINATOR
Chemical Industries SGB 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Engineering and Related Design 
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 
Learners who demonstrate competence as described in the outcomes of this Unit Standard will understand the importance and practical application of safety concepts to a gas installation site.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Understand hazards associated with gases.
  • Work within the requirements of a work permit or site owner's permission to work.
  • Establish safe working conditions.
  • Perform installations safely.

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of any learner within the gas installations environment, by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field. The knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated in this unit standard are essential for upliftment, social and economic transformation in the gas installation environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence against numeracy and literacy at ABET Level 4, NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical context of this unit standard assumes an existing or new domestic or commercial gas installation site.

    The typical scope of this unit standard includes one of the following but is not limited to:
  • LPG installations.
  • Natural gas installations.
  • Compressed gas installations.
  • Medical installations.

    Range statements, which are applicable to the Unit Standard title, Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria are found beneath the applicable assessment criteria. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Understand hazards associated with gases. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hazards relevant to each type of gas is identified from the relevant MSDS. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hazards include but are not limited to flammability, low temperature and high cylinder pressure.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An acceptance test is performed according to standard workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Procedures include but are not limited to leak detection, pressure test, completion of safety checklist.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Proper ventilation is established to prevent a hazardous environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedures relating to the safe transport of gas cylinders are explained in accordance with workplace procedures and relevant regulations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Work within the requirements of a work permit or site owner's permission to work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose and reasons for a permit system or owner's permission are explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The principles governing the issue and retraction of a work permit or owner's permission are explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The implications of continuing work in an area where conditions have changed are explained according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Different permit types are listed and explained in accordance with standard workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Permit types include hot work (open flame) permits, cold work permits (including scaffolding and roof clearances), permits for working in confined spaces, trenches and vessel entry permits.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Statutory and workplace permit requirements are applied according to standard workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Requirements include but are not limited to working at heights, scaffolding and hot work conditions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safe working procedures are followed when working with other services. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Lock-out and isolation procedures are applied and adhered to according to workplace procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Establish safe working conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Potential hazards are identified and removed, reduced or reported in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is identified and used in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The location of emergency safety equipment is verified on the work site. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Emergency safety equipment includes but is not limited to fire extinguishers, hoses and alarms.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform installations safely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal protective equipment is worn in accordance with task requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Gas cylinders are safely handled, transported and stored as per workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools, equipment and consumables are safely handled and stored in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The required tools are selected and used in a safe manner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The installation specifications are adhered to at all times. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Installation specifications include safe distances, equipment for flame proof, safety devices, e.g. pressure safety valves.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safe installation methods are followed at all times. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Installation methods include ventilation, purging of gas line before work commences removal of ignition sources, etc.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 2 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an Assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions is required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Understand hazards associated with gases.
  • Work within the requirements of a work permit or site owner's permission to work.
  • Establish safe working conditions.
  • Perform installations safely. 

  • 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 identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Identifying hazards related to each type of gas from the relevant MSDS.
  • Explaining the implications of continuing work in an area where conditions have changed.
  • Identifying and removing or reducing potential hazards.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Understand hazards associated with gases.
  • Work within the requirements of a work permit or site owner's permission to work.
  • Establish safe working conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Performing an acceptance test according to requirements.
  • Following safe working procedures working with other services.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Understand hazards associated with gases.
  • Work within the requirements of a work permit or site owner's permission to work. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Describing the purpose and reasons for a permit system and applying statutory and workplace permit requirements to activities.
  • Adhering to the installation specifications at all times.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Work within the requirements of a work permit or site owner's permission to work.
  • Perform installations safely. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations during:
  • Completing a safety checklist as part of the acceptance test.
  • Reading and interpreting the permit to work.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Understand hazards associated with gases.
  • Work within the requirements of a work permit or site owner's permission to work. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Describing hazards relating to gases.
  • Using PPE according to the requirements of the task.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Understand hazards associated with gases.
  • Perform installations safely. 

  • 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  59015   National Certificate: Gas Installations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 
    Core  78323   National Certificate: Lamproom Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


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