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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Operate and control the filling and closing of glass or rigid plastic containers for food or beverage products 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
9133  Operate and control the filling and closing of glass or rigid plastic containers for food or beverage products 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Food 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2004-10-13  2005-11-30  SAQA 0556/04 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2006-11-30   2009-11-30  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
120233  Operate and control the filling and closing of glass or rigid plastic containers for food products  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of filling and closing of glass or rigid plastic containers,
  • Prepare to fill and close glass or rigid plastic containers,
  • Fill and close glass or rigid plastic containers,
  • Perform end of filling and closing procedures.

    This unit standard is intended for a person working in a packaging environment and who is responsible for filling and closing of glass or rigid plastic containers

    This unit will contribute to the full development of the learner within the food or beverage manufacturing and packaging environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of manufacturing and assembly. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the food or beverage manufacturing and packaging environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Description of required skills:
  • Cleaning procedures, handling of equipment and chemicals.
  • Representative sample taking for quality control purposes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The scope of this unit standard is to fill and close glass or rigid plastic containers in the food, cosmetics, chemical, fast-moving-consumer-goods and pharmaceutical environment.

    In the context of this unit standard, filling and closing of glass or rigid plastic containers can include any glass and rigid plastic bottles and jars that are closed by means of a screw top or any other type of sealable closing device. Plastic tubs with lids are included, but plastic sachets and carton containers are excluded.

    The level assigned to this unit standard is applicable because the process is moderate in range, established and familiar and offers clear choices of routine responses. The learning demand employs basic operational knowledge and readily available information. The application of this unit standard is to qualify the person for certification in sub-trades. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of filling and closing of glass or rigid plastic containers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The functions of packaging products are explained according to standard packaging principles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The explanation refers to:
  • Protection of the product,
  • Marketing of the product,
  • Hygiene and safety aspects.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The requirements for filling and closing of glass or rigid plastic containers are identified in terms of food or beverage safety and legal requirements 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The principles regarding filling and closing of glass or rigid plastic containers are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The operating principles of equipment for filling and closing of glass or rigid plastic containers are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Quality control tests for filling and closing of glass or rigid plastic containers are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. The components of the filling and closing equipment are identified and the purpose of each component is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. The difference between hermetic and aseptic filling and closing processes and principles of glass or rigid plastic containers are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to fill and close glass or rigid plastic containers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Personal preparation is done according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Personal preparation refers to practices that ensure hygiene, personal and product safety.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The production schedule for filling and closing is interpreted within scope of work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The work area is prepared according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The packaging material and product are received and maintained according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Shortages in packaging material and product are reported according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. The product is released for filling and closing according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. The filling and closing equipment is sanitised according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. The filling and closing parameters are set according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. The date coding parameters are set according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    10. The filling and closing equipment is started up according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    11. Common start up problems are solved in line with standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Problem solving includes:
  • Recognition of signs of problems,
  • Identification of common problems, their causes and methods for prevention,
  • Description of the consequences of the problem.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
    12. A sample is taken of the product according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 13 
    13. A conclusion is drawn on the conformance of the product to compositional specifications and hence its suitability to be packed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Fill and close glass or rigid plastic containers. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Pack continuously for 30 minutes at an acceptable packaging rate, at the correct weight or volume and without product and packaging material wastage.Perform 1 product and 1 packaging material changeovers 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The filling and closing plant is operated and controlled according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Containers are filled and closed according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Filling and closing parameters are controlled and recorded according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Where filling and closing equipment is operated simultaneously with other production processes, the filling and closing process is synchronised according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Filled and closed containers meet site-specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform end of filling and closing procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The filling and closing equipment is shut down according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Sub-standard filled and closed containers are handled according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The work area and the filling and closing equipment are cleaned and sanitised according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Cleaning equipment and materials are stored in designated areas according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Waste from the cleaning process is handled and dispatched according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Filling and closing records are kept according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. The equipment and area are left in a safe and ready to use condition. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Internal moderation.
  • External moderation.
  • An assessor, accredited by the relevant ETQA, will assess the learner`s competency.
  • Assessment procedures will be supplied by the ETQA in alignment with NSB requirements.
  • All assessment activities must be fair, so that all candidates have equal opportunities. Activities must be free of gender, ethnic or other bias.
  • Questions and answers to determine theoretical knowledge are expected.
  • Examination of an assessment portfolio.
  • Reporting skills are demonstrated by effective communication, using verbal (language) and/or writing skills.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions.
  • Practical demonstration of filling and closing of containers. Containers must be filled with the designated product continuously for 30 minutes at an acceptable packaging rate, at the correct volume and without product leakage.
  • This unit standard can be assessed together with first line operational maintenance and process control unit standards 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected within the assessment criteria of each specific outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Solving process related problems within the scope of work in order to ensure product quality.

    Evident in Specific outcome:
    Prepare to fill and close glass or rigid plastic containers. 

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

    Evident in specific outcomes:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of filling and closing of glass or rigid plastic containers
  • Prepare to fill and close glass or rigid plastic containers.
  • Fill and close glass or rigid plastic containers.
  • Perform end of filling and closing procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Performing personal preparation, workplace and equipment preparation in order to operate the process and equipment according to standard operating procedures

    Evident is specific outcome:
    Prepare to fill and close glass or rigid plastic containers 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Taking samples

    Evident in specific outcomes:
  • Prepare to fill and close glass or rigid plastic containers.
  • Fill and close glass or rigid plastic containers. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
  • Keeping records.

    Evident in specific outcomes:
  • Perform end of filling and closing procedures 

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

    Evident in specific outcomes:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of filling and closing of glass or rigid plastic containers
  • Prepare to fill and close glass or rigid plastic containers.
  • Fill and close glass or rigid plastic containers.
  • Perform end of filling and closing procedures 

  • 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.

    Evident in specific outcomes:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of filling and closing of glass or rigid plastic containers
  • Prepare to fill and close glass or rigid plastic containers.
  • Fill and close glass or rigid plastic containers.
  • Perform end of filling and closing procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large.

    Evident in specific outcomes:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of filling and closing of glass or rigid plastic containers
  • Prepare to fill and close glass or rigid plastic containers.
  • Fill and close glass or rigid plastic containers.
  • Perform end of filling and closing procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 120233 which is ' Operate and control the filling and closing of glass or rigid plastic containers for food products ', Level 3, 10 credits.

    Supplementary Information

    1. Legal requirements:
    The following acts and/or codes, current and future regulations and amendments will be applicable:
  • Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, No. 54 of 1972,
  • Health Act, No 63 of 1977,
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act, No. 85 of 1993.

    2. Definition of terms within this unit standard

    Terminology Clarification/ explanation/ definition:

    Standard operating procedures Refer to company procedures, prescribed procedures from the manufacturer, personal and food safety procedures, good manufacturing practices, best practices, applicable legislation, time frames, recipes and specifications. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  20214   National Certificate: Food and Beverage Processing: Dairy Primary Processing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2004-12-05  Was FOODBEV until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  20504   National Certificate: Food and Beverage Processing: Fruit and Vegetables Processing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FOODBEV 
    Elective  20198   National Certificate: Food and Beverage Processing: Oil and Fat Based Product Processing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FOODBEV 
    Elective  20195   National Certificate: Food and Beverage Processing: Oil Refining  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  FOODBEV 
    Elective  20516   National Certificate: Food and Beverage Manufacturing Technology: Butter and Butter Related Spreads Technologist  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2006-04-20  Was FOODBEV until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  20553   National Certificate: Food and Beverage Manufacturing Technology: Cottage Cheese Technologist  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2006-04-20  Was FOODBEV until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  20520   National Certificate: Food and Beverage Manufacturing Technology: Fermented Dairy Products Technologist  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2006-04-20  Was FOODBEV until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  20519   National Certificate: Food and Beverage Manufacturing Technology: Frozen Ice Cream and Frozen Ice Cream Related Products Technologist  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2006-04-20  Was FOODBEV until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  20518   National Certificate: Food and Beverage Manufacturing Technology: Liquid Long Life Dairy Products Technologist  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2006-04-20  Was FOODBEV until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  20517   National Certificate: Food and Beverage Manufacturing Technology: Processed Cheese Technologist  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2006-04-20  Was FOODBEV until Last Date for Achievement 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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    1. SUMMERPRIDE FOODS PTY LTD 



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