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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain basic health and safety principles in and around the workplace 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259639  Explain basic health and safety principles in and around the workplace 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Occupational Health and Safety   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY
-  
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  2012-07-01  2015-06-30  SAQA 0695/12 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2016-06-30   2019-06-30  

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
116527  Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to basic health and safety principles in and around a workplace  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for those people giving an induction of health and safety principles to new personnel and the person credited with this unit standard is able to explain the duties of both the employees and employers with regard to Occupational Safety and Heath in the workplace. Learners will be able to understand the requirements that apply to persons entering the workplace and performing any duties therein as well as the requirements for the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), housekeeping and emergency procedures that apply to the workplace.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining both employer and employee duties with regard to occupational safety and health in the workplace.
  • Explaining the general safety rules in a workplace.
  • Explaining the use and application of Personal Protective Equipment in a workplace.
  • Explaining the need for good housekeeping in the workplace.
  • Explaining and applying emergency procedures in the workplace. 

  • 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 both employer and employee duties with regard to occupational safety and health in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The employer's duties are described with regard to occupational safety and health in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The employee's duties are described with regard to occupational safety and health in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The occupational health and safety representation structure and activities are described in terms of legislative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Hazards and associated risks in the workplace are identified and addressed to ensure the health and safety of themselves and other persons. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of identifying hazards and risks in the working environment is explained in terms of the consequences to the employer and employees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The reporting procedure of hazards and risks is described in terms of organisational policies and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the general safety rules in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements that apply to persons that may be medically and non-medically intoxicated are explained in terms of the consequences to general safety in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Authorised access requirements to the workplace are explained in terms of legal and organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The use of motorised and mobile equipment in the workplace is explained in terms of legal and organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Lock out procedures in the workplace are explained in terms of legal and organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Symbolic and other signage applicable to the workplace is explained in terms of legal and organisational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Symbolic and other signage may include but is not limited to mandatory, information, warning signs and colour coding.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the use and application of Personal Protective Equipment in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Specific workplace Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements are explained in terms of the correct usage and application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Maintenance and storage practices for PPE are explained in order to ensure functionality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reporting and replacement procedures of substandard PPE are explained in order to ensure functionality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of wearing PPE and the consequences of non-compliance are explained with in terms of the effects on employer and employees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The limitations of PPE used in and around the workplace are explained in terms of its protective restrictions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain good housekeeping in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The need for good housekeeping in the workplace is explained in terms of the impact on health and safety to people and the immediate environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Specific requirements pertaining to stacking and storage of materials are explained in terms of health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Demarcation and colour coding practices in the workplace are explained in terms of health and safety. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Explain and apply emergency procedures in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Emergency escape routes, assembly points and refuge bays in the work area are explained according to the organisational emergency plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Emergency communication procedures in the workplace are explained according to the organisational emergency plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A simulated exercise of an emergency situation is planned and carried out to assess the response/reaction of all employees. 


    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 
    Knowledge and understanding of workplace health and safety requirements. 

    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 understanding basic health and safety principles in and around the workplace. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities so that one is aware of all the rules and regulations that impact on safety and health in and around the workplace. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information in order to make decision regarding responding to an emergency situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where not understanding the basic health and safety principles in and around the workplace could have a devastating impact on both the employee and employer. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE QUALITY ASSURING BODY
    Core  66269   General Education and Training Certificate: Lumber Milling  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2015-06-30  FPMSETA 
    Core  67569   National Certificate: Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2015-06-30  MERSETA 
    Core  74269   National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2015-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  93997   National Certificate: Contact Centre and Business Process Outsourcing Support  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2015-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  49795   National Certificate: Rail Construction and Maintenance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2015-06-30  TETA 


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    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 Quality Assuring Bodies 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 Quality Assuring Body should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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