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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Prepare analytical samples from a slurry 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
9634  Prepare analytical samples from a slurry 
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
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 is for persons required to prepare analytical samples from a slurry. A person credited with this unit standard can:
  • Separate the slurry products by means of filtration.
  • Prepare the filtration products for analysis. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    As listed below or their equivalent:
  • Sciences, Communications and Mathematics at ABET Level 4 or equivalent
  • Relevant health, safety and environmental standards 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This competence is applicable to any industry where slurries are analysed. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Separate the slurry products by means of filtration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Hazards and risks pertaining to the filtration process are identified and explained with reference to team health and safety and environmental impact. The appropriate preventive measures are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include hazards and risks associated with the following:
  • Pressure filtration.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The samples are identified and verified in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The required personal protective and safety equipment is available, operational, fit for purpose, used and maintained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The equipment needed for the filtration process is identified, verified, used and maintained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Common problems and their effect on the process are explained and/or dealt with. Appropriate preventive or corrective actions are described in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include common problems with regard to the following:
  • Filter media
  • Pressure
  • Product collection
  • Product separation
  • Contamination
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. The slurry is filtered so that the products meet specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. The purpose of filtering the slurry is explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. The work is conducted to meet health, safety and environmental standards in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Health, safety and environmental issues must include:
  • Housekeeping
  • Waste disposal
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. 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 the filtration products for analysis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Hazards and risks pertaining to the process are identified and explained with reference to team health and safety and environmental impact. The appropriate preventive measures are described in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The required personal protective and safety equipment is available, operational, fit for purpose, used and maintained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The equipment needed for the process is identified, verified, used and maintained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The filtration products are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Common problems and their effect on the process are explained and/or dealt with. Appropriate preventive or corrective actions are described in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Common problems must include:
  • Temperature effects
  • Sample loss
  • Non-homogeneity of sample
  • Contamination
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. The work is conducted in a manner that supports a smooth flow throughout the process. The effect of non-compliance is explained in terms of turnaround time for analytical results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. The work is conducted to meet health, safety and environmental standards in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Health, safety and environmental issues must include:
  • Housekeeping
  • Waste disposal
     

  • 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. 


    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 
  • Explain security procedures and the need for them in the workplace.
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. 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.

    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Report writing
  • Health and safety knowledge
  • Legal and site-specific 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 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 prioritise 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 conveys 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 

    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

    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

    Site Specific
  • 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

    Slurry refers to any of the following:
  • Sludge
  • Pulp
  • Solid-liquid suspension

    Verify refers to selection and checking 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  64949   National Certificate: Laboratory Practice  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  58248   National Certificate: Laboratory Practice  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2008-08-05  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. Anglo American Platinum Amendelbult Concentrators 
    2. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (V/R) 
    3. IMPALA PLATINUM LIMITED 
    4. IMPALA PLATINUM LIMITED - RUSTENBURG 
    5. KHUMANI IRON ORE MINE 
    6. METSKILL (PTY) LTD 
    7. Palabora Copper Pty Ltd 
    8. Thusang Metallurgical Engineering Training and Consulting 



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