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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Monitor and control the production of chemicals in a chemical process plant 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
263495  Monitor and control the production of chemicals in a chemical process plant 
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 3  NQF Level 03  15 
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 be able to monitor and control the production of chemicals in an operational process plant. The process ranges from the receipt of a feed material into the process to the delivery of the processed product to storage or the following process in a sequence of processes.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Explain the fundamental principles applicable to the specific chemical process.
  • Monitor and control the different ancillary systems interacting with the chemical process.
  • Monitor and control the quality standards of process materials in the chemical process.
  • Monitor and control the chemical production process.
  • Monitor the safety, health, environment, security and housekeeping aspects of the chemical process. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • The typical context of this unit standard covers the production of a chemical product using a locally available equipment configuration.
  • The process ranges from the receipt of a feed material into the process to the delivery of the processed product to storage or the following process in a sequence of processes. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the fundamental principles applicable to the chemical process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of the chemical process is explained in terms of the final product manufactured. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The principles of the chemical process are explained by making use of a generic flow diagram. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The chemical process is explained in relation to its supplier's- and customer's processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The flow of material through the chemical process section is traced and all equipment is identified using standard industry terminology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The purpose and functioning of each piece of equipment used in the chemical processing section is explained in terms of its role in the overall process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The functions of all chemicals used within the chemical process are explained in terms of their chemical and physical properties. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Monitor and control the different ancillary systems interacting with the chemical process. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Ancillary systems refer to the interface between mechanical equipment, electrical equipment, instrumentation and utilities and the chemical process. It only includes those parts of each ancillary system which interact directly with the chemical process and not the full ancillary system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Mechanical equipment used in the chemical process is identified and described in terms of purpose and application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Electrical equipment used in the chemical process is identified and described in terms of purpose and application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Instrumentation used in the chemical process is identified and described in terms of purpose and application. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Instrumentation may include but is not limited to process indicators, level controllers, flow meters, control valves, controllers, alarms and instrument interlocks.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Utilities used in the chemical process are identified and described in terms of purpose and application. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Utilities may include but is not limited to compressed air, steam, blanketing gas, vacuum, cooling water, lubricating oil, fuel gas and -oil and electrical power.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Typical ancillary equipment problems experienced within the the chemical process system are discussed and solutions offered in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Ancillary systems are monitored and any deviations from operating parameters are corrected in accordance with operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor and control the quality standards of process materials in the chemical process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The properties of process materials are explained in terms of key characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose of process material quality control procedures as well as the consequences of not adhering to these procedures is explained with regards to the impact thereof on the final product produced. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The quality requirements of raw materials, chemicals and additives are explained according to general and workplace specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Typical raw material problems and its impact on the final product properties and costs are discussed in terms of the purpose of the process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Corrective action to be taken in the case of non-conforming raw materials is discussed in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Product variations are evaluated and corrective action taken in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Monitor and control the chemical production process. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    The monitoring and controlling of the chemical process should be performed according to operational requirements and standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The chemical process is monitored and parameters recorded in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The impact of process deviations on the product properties, throughput and safety is explained in terms of final product quality and costs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Typical equipment problems within the chemical process are discussed and solutions offered in accordance to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Typical equipment problems may include but are not limited to faulty interlocks or instrumentation, power failures, mechanical failures, equipment blockages and leakages.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Deviations in process conditions are evaluated and corrective action taken to return to normal conditions in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Monitor the safety, health, environment, security and housekeeping aspects of the chemical process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The organisation's safety, health, environmental and security policies are discussed with specific reference to own responsibility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Risks in the chemical process plant emanating from the process, chemicals, equipment and operational conditions are discussed in terms of their possible impact on personnel, equipment, production and the environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Preventative and corrective measures used to avoid such incidents are discussed and solutions offered in accordance to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Security requirements pertaining to the the chemical process plant are explained according to procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Safety, health, environmental and security risks are addressed in accordance with situational requirements and relevant policies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Housekeeping requirements are discussed and implemented in the workplace in accordance with situational requirements and relevant policies. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 4 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency. Only an Assessor with suitable first hand experience in process operations will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the 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, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • 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 
    Qualifying learners understand and can:

    Explain the names, functions and locations of:
  • All items of installed equipment.
  • Raw material/s.
  • Finished product/s.

    Describe the properties and characteristics of:
  • Raw material/s.
  • Product/s.
  • Process equipment.
  • Auxiliary equipment.
  • Process system/s.

    Explain the purpose of the:
  • Process, in terms of product/s, efficiencies and quality.

    Explain the causes, effects and implications of:
  • Process variables.
  • Raw material variables (suppliers).
  • Product variables (customers).
  • Not complying with quality standards.
  • Not complying with standard operating procedures.

    Demonstrate procedures and techniques of:
  • Monitoring and controlling the process.
  • Recording and reporting data.

    Explain the regulations, legislation, agreements and policies related to:
  • Standard Operating procedures.
  • Quality specifications. 

  • 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 and addressing variations in ancillary system operation.
  • Identifying and addressing variations in material quality.
  • Identifying and addressing variations in the chemical process.
  • Bringing all deviations into control.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome(s):
  • Monitor and control the quality standards of process materials in the chemical process.
  • Monitor and control the chemical process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
  • Maintaining sound relations with co-workers.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome(s):
  • Monitor and control the quality standards of process materials in the chemical process.
  • Monitor and control the chemical process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Working to achieve consistent results required by the process/customers.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome(s):
  • Monitor and control the quality standards of process materials in the chemical process.
  • Monitor and control the chemical process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Using various sources of information pertaining to the chemical process, including basic scientific and engineering theory.
  • Monitoring and recording process, product and equipment variables.
  • Carrying out physical quality checks and tests.
  • Explaining the impact of non-conforming materials in terms of final products and costs.
  • Describing the relationship of the process to suppliers, customers and the overall the chemical process process.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations during:
  • Recording of variables and actions taken to rectify.
  • Responding to questions and requests for additional information.
  • Liaising with relevant operational support units.
  • Drawing and interpreting diagrams and sketches.
  • Completing relevant documentation in accordance with workplace requirements.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Monitoring the process.
  • Bringing process, product and equipment variables into control.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome(s):
  • Monitor and control the quality standards of process materials in the chemical process.
  • Monitor and control the chemical process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by:
  • Explaining the purpose of the process as well as the relationship to the supplier and customer's processes.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large by:
  • Understanding the role of monitoring plant and process in a processing environment and the effect it has on the growth and development of the organisation, its customers and employees.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • 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 
    The impact of the chemical process is measured at various stages later in the process and feedback is required for necessary control. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  78528   National Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


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