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

Take representative samples of slurries and liquids in a metallurgical process 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
9624  Take representative samples of slurries and liquids in a metallurgical process 
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 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2007-10-30  2008-08-20  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-08-20   2012-08-20  

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
256596  Take representative samples of slurries and liquids in a metallurgical process  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for persons who are required to take representative samples in a metallurgical process. A person credited with this unit standard can:
  • Demonstrate knowledge relating to the taking of representative slurry and liquid samples in a metallurgical process
  • Prepare to take representative samples
  • Take representative samples 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    As listed below or the equivalent:
  • Literacy and Numeracy at ABET Level 4
  • General plant safety rules and standards 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This competence applies to metallurgical processes in the mining industry. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge relating to the taking of representative samples in a metallurgical process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Hazards and risks pertaining to the sampling process are identified and explained in terms of team safety, health and environmental issues. The appropriate preventative measures are described in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The reasons for taking samples are explained in terms of process control, analysis required and specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The operation of equipment required for sampling liquids and slurries is described with reference to obtaining a representative sample. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The principles of sampling liquids and slurries are explained with reference to obtaining a representative sample. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Principles must include:
  • Size of increment
  • Frequency of increment
  • Location of sampling point
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Security procedures are explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. The interlock systems and lockout procedures pertaining to the taking of samples are listed in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Common problems are explained in terms of their effect on the process. Appropriate preventative or corrective actions are described or applied in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Common problems must include:
  • Contamination
  • Sample identification
  • Blockage of sampling equipment
  • Power failures
  • Incorrect calibration
  • Lack of maintenance
  • Incorrect sampling equipment/method
  • Spillage/loss of sample
  • Transport of sample
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. The consequences of non-compliance with specified requirements are explained with respect to personal and team health and safety, impact on the environment, production, costs and lost time. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to take representative samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The required personal protective and safety equipment is available, operational, fit for purpose and maintained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The tools and equipment to be used are identified, verified, used and maintained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Authority to proceed with the sampling process is obtained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Take representative samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The personal protective, safety and lockout equipment are used in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Tools and equipment are used in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Representative samples are taken in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The work is conducted to meet sampling, security, safety, health and environmental standards in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety, health and environmental issues must include:
  • Housekeeping
  • Waste disposal
  • Storage
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Data is recorded and handled in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. The samples are handled and forwarded to the next processing step in accordance with 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 the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Incorporated into the assessment criteria. 

    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 technical problems, sub-standard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.
  • Note: The candidate is required to maintain the link in the process in order to achieve production, health, safety and environmental targets. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Note: The candidate is required to prioritize and integrate the various activities in order to meet the set targets. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to collect and evaluate information from numerical data and/or physical observations in terms of specified requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and / or language skills in the modes of oral and / or written presentations.
  • Note: The candidate is required to accurately and clearly convey information to relevant personnel. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • Note: The candidate is required to use equipment responsibly to avoid environmental pollution and to safeguard team health. 

  • 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 candidate is aware of his/her role in the organization in terms of social, economic and environmental impact. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 256590, which is "Take representative samples of slurries and liquids in a metallurgical process", Level 2, 4 credits.

    Terminology

    Specified Requirements

    Specified requirements include legal and site specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

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

    Specified
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme
  • Voluntary Codes of Practice
  • 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
    Elective  58248   National Certificate: Laboratory Practice  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2008-08-05  MQA 
    Elective  49045   National Certificate: Lump Ore Beneficiation  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-11-28  Was MQA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (V/R) 
    2. COLLIERY TRAINING COLLEGE 
    3. FOSKOR Pty Ltd 
    4. IMPALA PLATINUM LIMITED 
    5. IMPALA PLATINUM LIMITED - RUSTENBURG 
    6. KHUTALA COLLIERY 
    7. METSKILL (PTY) LTD 
    8. MODIKWA PLATINUM MINE 
    9. Richtrau No 177 Pty Ltd t/a Bokoni Platinum Mines (Lebowa Platinum Mines) 
    10. Thusang Metallurgical Engineering Training and Consulting 
    11. VENETIA MINE 



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