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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Control workplace hazards and risks 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259624  Control workplace hazards and risks 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Occupational Health and Safety 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Preventive Health 
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 
The person credited with this unit standard is able to describe the information, training and duties of persons exposed to hazardous substances and risks, as well as understanding the responsibilities of both employer and employee in such situations. Learners will be able to identify hazardous substances by product and company, the procedures required to handle them, the risks and dangers associated with hazardous substances and the methods of dealing with exposure to them. They will also be able to explain the production, processing, use, storage, handing or transporting of hazardous substances, as well as dealing with compliance and non-compliance issues.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the governance of workplace hazardous substances.
  • Explaining material safety data sheets (MSDS) for hazardous substances in the workplace.
  • Explaining risks associated with workplace hazardous substances.
  • Controlling workplace hazardous substances. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the governance of workplace hazardous substances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The actions required by persons who may be exposed to hazardous substances are explained in terms of the impact of exposure on those persons. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Hazardous substances directly related to the specific workplace are defined and identified with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The responsibilities of both employer and employee are explained in terms of the prevention of exposure to hazardous substances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Non-compliance with the governance of workplace hazardous substances is explained in terms of the impact on the organisation and the immediate environment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain material safety data sheets (MSDS) for hazardous substances in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hazardous substances are identified by product and company. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Hazards associated with a specific substance are described in terms of the MSDS. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hazards may include but are not limited to, flammability, chemical hazard, biological hazard, reproductive hazard, eye effects and heath effects (skin, ingestion, inhalation).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Emergency procedures to deal with hazardous substances are explained in terms of the MSDS. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Emergency procedures may include first aid measures, fire fighting and accidental release.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Handling and storage procedures of hazardous substances are explained in terms of the MSDS. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Exposure controls/personal protection measures are explained in terms of the MSDS. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Disposal methods for the hazardous substance and container are explained according to governance requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Transportation of the hazardous substance is explained in terms of governance requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain risks associated with workplace hazardous substances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The risks associated with workplace hazardous substances are identified in terms of the impact on people and the immediate environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A risk assessment is conducted for different hazardous substances in the work environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The dangers associated with working with hazardous substances are explained in terms of health and safety of people, assets and the environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Methods of dealing with the possible exposure of persons to hazards associated with hazardous substances are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Control workplace hazardous substances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The production, processing, use, storage, handing and transporting of hazardous substances are explained with examples in terms of safety to people, objects and the environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Disposal practices for hazardous substances are explained in terms of governance requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Control measures to prevent exposure in the workplace are implemented according to governance requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Workplace emergency preparedness plans are evaluated against governance requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Communication with all stakeholders is carried out in accordance with governance requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Control of hazardous substances is reported on in order to address non-compliance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The importance of complying with measures to control hazardous substances is explained in terms of the consequences for health, safety, environment and production. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Effects of hazardous substances on persons, equipment and environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems pertaining to the control of workplace hazardous substances. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in the workplace so that people and assets are kept safe in the presence of hazardous substances. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities in ways which ensure hazardous substances are always dealt with in a safe and effective way. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information related to workplace safety in relation to hazardous substances. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with all stakeholders regarding the use and control of workplace hazardous substances. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology to record and store information regarding hazardous substances in the workplace. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where the poor handling and use of hazardous substances leads to unsafe situations for persons, assets and the environment. 

    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" include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in the following documents.

    Legal:
  • Relevant current legislation, regulations and directives pertaining to mining and occupational health and safety.
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • South African National Standards and other relevant Standards.

    Site Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Organisational Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OHS Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications.
  • Acceptable subject related theory. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  74269   National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Core  71989   National Certificate: Automotive Components: Manufacturing and Assembly  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Core  64190   National Certificate: Metals Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  90656   National Certificate: Mine Ventilation  Not Applicable  NQF Level 02  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.
     
    1. ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (VANDERBIJLPARK) (TP) 
    2. Aspidus 209 T/A 3D Solutions (UITENHAGE) (TP) 
    3. Bell Equipment Company SA (Pty) Ltd (ALTON) (TP) 
    4. BPC HR Solutions (PRETORIA) (TP) 
    5. Bravospace 139 cc T/A Metro Skills Academy (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    6. Career Pathing Solutions (Pty) Ltd (KRUGERSDORP) (TP) 
    7. College of Production Technology 
    8. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    9. HV Consultants (Pty) Ltd (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    10. Jericho Safety Consultants (Pty) Ltd (TP) 
    11. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (EAST LONDON) (TP) 
    12. Nissan SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    13. QTE Training & Consulting cc T/A QTE (GERMISTON) (TP) 
    14. Russ Projects T/A Academy Workplace Development (AWD) (HARRIETDALE) (T 
    15. Samancor Chrome Ltd T/A Khuphuka Training & Development (MIDDELBURG) ( 
    16. Tubular Holdings (Pty) Ltd (EMALAHLENI) (TP) 
    17. Wide Horizon Advanced Training (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 



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