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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Test, monitor and control the eight common mine gases in an underground coal mine 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
9612  Test, monitor and control the eight common mine gases in an underground coal mine 
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  17 
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 
This Unit Standard will be useful to people who are responsible for testing, monitoring and controlling the eight common mine gases in an underground coal mine. People credited with this Unit Standard are able to:
  • Prepare to test monitor and control the eight common mine gases;
  • Test, monitor and control the eight common mine gases; and
  • Demonstrate teamwork. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to work in an underground coal mine
  • Test and monitor for basic gases in an underground coal mine
  • Sound and bar roof and sidewalls using sounding and barring down equipment in and underground coal mine
  • Knowledge of section specific ventilation
  • Conduct visual inspection of flameproof equipment 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following statement applies to the entire unit standard:
    For credit, evidence must be supplied for all of the following:
  • Methane
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Nitrous fumes
  • Hydrogen
  • Hydrogen sulphide
  • Nitrogen
  • Oxygen.

    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare to test, monitor and control the eight common mine gases. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Hazard identification, hazard awareness and hazard control are conducted to comply with risk assessment requirements to eliminate, minimise or control risk of ill health and injuries to others and self. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Testing and monitoring instruments are identified and selected to meet task requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Instruments are inspected and tested to ensure compliance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Instruments must include hand held testers and monitors with on board and telemetric machine systems being optional extras.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Place and face preparation required for testing purposes is conducted in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The procedures to be applied in the case of detecting hazardous gases in the section are outlined in terms of employee evacuation, isolation of machines and reporting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Consequences of inadequate testing, monitoring and control of the eight common mine gases are described in terms of potential effect on safety, health and production. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Consequences must include and be relevant to the following:
  • Gas ignitions
  • Coal dust explosions
  • Asphyxiation
  • Poisoning
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Test, monitor and control the eight common mine gases. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Gas testing and monitoring activities are consistent with work site specific requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Requirements must include the following:
  • Gas testing frequency
  • Instrument position to ensure representative and reliable readings
  • Gas testing procedures
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Hazardous gases identified are controlled within legal limits through the manipulation of ventilation in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The supplied personal protective equipment and hygiene consumables usage is explained and used in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Work methods comply with specified requirements to eliminate, minimise or control the risk of ill health and injuries to others and self. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Environmental elements are monitored and hazards are rectified and/or reported in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Environmental elements must include the following:
  • Gases
  • Ventilation
  • Dust
  • Strata condition
  • Water
  • Noise
  • Stone dust
  • Illumination.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate teamwork. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Communication and feedback is provided to and requested from co-workers to maintain and improve task and product quality per specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Conflict resolution techniques are applied to minimise destructive interpersonal differences with co-workers, which may adversely affect team performance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Feedback is provided to the in-coming shift with regard to presence of hazardous gases, environmental hazards and sub-standards in terms of specified requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.

    3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge, candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes to the standards described in the assessment criteria. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate`s performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard. 

    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 ability of the candidate to identify substandard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community.
    Note: The ability and willingness of the candidate to accept and interpret work instructions correctly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage himself/herself and his/her activities responsibly and effectively.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to indicate what methods, tools and personal protective equipment are required, and to communicate to fellow workers his/her intentions and the assistance required. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to reconcile the information from visual and physical examinations and constantly evaluate the changing situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.
    Note: The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazards and substandard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective communication. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, thus showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
    Note: The use of science and technology is not relevant for this unit standard. 

    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 ability of the candidate to identify and refer anomalous behaviour to a specialist confirms his/her understanding of the fact that a specific observation, inference, action or decision may have a devastating effect. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Notes to Assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember, we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence - of the prescribed type and quality as specified in this unit standard - that the candidate is able to achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well-documented principles of assessment, namely appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • 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 one or more of the following documents:

    1. Legal
  • Relevant Acts, e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act, 1996 (Act No. 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act No. 50/1991)
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice
  • SABS and other relevant standards
  • Chief Inspector of Mines` Directives

    2. Site-Specific
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme
  • Managerial Instructions
  • Mine Standard Procedures
  • List of Recorded OH&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
    Core  21812   National Certificate: Mining Operations: Underground Coal  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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. COLLIERY TRAINING COLLEGE 
    2. KHUTALA COLLIERY 
    3. MATLA COLLIERY 
    4. Technology Risk Solutions 
    5. XSTRATA COAL 
    6. XTRACT TRAINING SERVICES (PTY) LTD 
    7. ZULEK TRAINING SPECIALISTS (PTY) LTD 



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