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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Elute a metal from an adsorbing agent 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
256670  Elute a metal from an adsorbing agent 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
10546  Elute a precious metal from loaded resin  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to people who are responsible for eluting a metal from loaded an adsorbing agent.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge relating to metal elution.
  • Prepare to elute a metal.
  • Elute a metal.
  • Complete duties pertaining to the elution process. 

  • 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 
    The following range will apply to this unit standard:

    The learner will be required to elute metal from an adsorbing agent by one of the following means:
  • Elute a metal from loaded carbon.
  • Elute uranium from loaded resin.
  • Elute a precious metal from loaded resin. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge relating to metal elution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of eluting a metal from an adsorbing agent is explained in terms of achieving specific production requirements and up and down stream operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The principal components of the elution system are identified and their functions explained in terms of operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Principal components must include:
  • Elution system components.
  • Auxiliary systems.
  • Safety devices.
  • Interlock system.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The operating parameters and control methods and the consequences of not adhering to these are explained in terms of operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The factors affecting the optimum performance of the elution process are explained in terms of operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The elementary principles of the elution process are explained in terms of operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The requirements pertaining to the elution process and the consequences of not adhering to the above are explained in terms of operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Hazards and associated risks are identified through specific risk assessment procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The actions to be taken should hazards and risks be encountered are explained in terms of operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Specific lock-out procedures pertaining to the elution system and the consequences of non-compliance are explained in terms of operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    The actions to be taken, should sub-standard conditions and problems be encountered, are explained in terms of operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    The specific colour coding and symbolic signs pertaining to the elution process are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
    The manual operation of the elution process is explained in terms of operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 13 
    The specified communication requirements pertaining to the elution process and the consequences of non-compliance are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to elute a metal. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Task-specific personal protective and safety equipment is verified, examined and used in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Task-specific tools and equipment are verified and examined in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Workplace hazards and associated risks are dealt with in accordance with recommendations set out in the risk assessment procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The security requirements pertaining to the elution process are explained and met in accordance with operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The elution system is prepared and examined, substandard conditions identified and dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. The consequences of non-compliance are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Occupational Safety precautions towards self and others are maintained in accordance with specific requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Elute a metal. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Task-specific personal protective and safety equipment is used in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The start-up of the elution process is in accordance with specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The elution process is monitored and controlled in accordance with specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safe and optimum production is ensured through effective communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Task-specific tools and equipment are used in accordance with prescribed practices and the consequences of non-compliance are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Work related hazards and associated risks are dealt with in accordance with specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The specific security requirements pertaining to the elution process are met. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Problems encountered are dealt with or explained in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The elution process is consistent with environmental policy and other specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Safety precautions towards self and others are maintained in accordance with specific requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete duties pertaining to the elution process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The elution process is stopped and the products are dealt with in accordance with specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Task-specific personal protective and safety equipment is dealt with in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Task-specific tools and equipment are dealt with in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Good housekeeping practices are adhered to in accordance with specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    An adsorbing agent fines are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The security requirements pertaining to the elution process are met in accordance with operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Reporting and data-recording requirements are met in accordance with operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Preparation for maintenance is conducted in accordance with specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Lock-out procedures are adhered to in accordance with specified requirements. 


    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 with 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 embedded knowledge will be assessed in an integrated way in the context of the unit standard.

    Knowledge relating to eluting a metal from an adsorbing agent:
  • Purpose and importance.
  • Plant, equipment, tools and machinery used.
  • Principal components of plant and equipment.

    Critical factors relating to eluting a metal from an adsorbing agent:
  • Legal and specified requirements.
  • Achieving specified production requirements.
  • Risk Assessment procedures and actions.
  • Identify the principal components and explain the specification and their functions.
  • Specified communication requirements.
  • Elementary principles of the process.

    Processes and events relating to eluting a metal from an adsorbing agent:
  • Principles of the process.
  • Preparation.
  • Monitor and control.
  • Operating parameters and control methods.
  • Factors affecting optimum performance.

    Causes and effects (Safety and Health):
  • Use of personal protective equipment.
  • Use of tools and equipment.
  • Workplace hazards and associated risks.
  • Housekeeping.

    Procedures and techniques relating to eluting a metal from an adsorbing agent:
  • Methods of collecting, analysing, organising, summarising and presenting data.
  • Fault finding and corrective techniques.
  • Handling procedure and controls.

    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 learner is able to monitor plant and process conditions, identify anomalies and non-conformances and take appropriate action to resolve the issue with regards to eluting a metal from an adsorbing agent. 

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

    Note:
  • The learner contributes effectively to teamwork in the mineral processing plant by contributing to team output and adhering to relevant codes of conduct. 

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

    Note:
  • The learner demonstrates the ability to constantly monitor plant and process conditions, record information accurately and interpret plant and process information effectively. 

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

    Note:
  • The learner interacts confidently with the technology which is used to monitor and control conditions in the minerals processing plant and related systems. 

  • 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 learner understands the synergy between upstream, downstream and parallel processes, and his/her own role with regards to eluting a metal from an adsorbing agent. 

  • 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 10546, "Elute a precious metal from loaded resin", Level 3, 7 credits.

    Terminology:

    Specified requirements include legal and site specific requirements are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (Act no 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act no 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives.

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

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  62769   National Certificate: Mineral Processing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


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