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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply electrical high voltage safety instructions when working in the vicinity of or near exposed "live" high-voltage overhead track equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116900  Apply electrical high voltage safety instructions when working in the vicinity of or near exposed "live" high-voltage overhead track equipment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Electrical Infrastructure Construction 
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 
A learner credited with this unit standard will be able to apply electrical high voltage safety instructions when:
  • Working in the vicinity of or near exposed "live" high-voltage overhead track equipment :
  • Identifying and reacting to signs and warning boards related to high-voltage overhead track equipment
  • Identifying the correctness of bonding and track circuits
  • Identifying OHTE and reporting related sub standard conditions
    thus contributing to the safety of personnel for the safe running of electric trains as well as ensuring the continuity of power supply in the Rail Sector 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • First Aid
  • Mathematics : NQF level 1
  • Literacy : NQF level 1 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The level assigned to this standard is appropriate because performance must be carried out:
  • Under different weather conditions,
  • During day and night time,
  • Within a specific operational time span to minimise delays,
  • In different yard layouts/stations/sidings/sections
  • By all infrastructure personnel excluding electrical

    This unit standard is applicable to people performing construction and/or maintenance under, near or in the vicinity of high-voltage OHTE e.g. Signaling, Perway, Traction /wagons, etc. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Work safely in the vicinity of or near high-voltage overhead track equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal electrical safety definitions are explained 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose of the electrical safety instructions are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The specific electrical safety instructions applicable can be explained and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Material is safely handled according to company specific electrical safety instructions 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and react to signs and warning boards related to high-voltage overhead track equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The various high-voltage signs and or warning boards related to high-voltage overhead track equipment are identified and the meaning thereof explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The various high-voltage signs and or warning boards related to high-voltage overhead track equipment are correctly reacted to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sub standard conditions are identified and reported according to company specific electric safety instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify and verify the correctness of track circuits and bonding. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The correctness of track circuits and bonding is identified and verified in accordance with company specific instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sub standards conditions are identified and reported in accordance with company specific instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify OHTE and report related sub standards conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    OHTE is correctly identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Related sub standards conditions on overhead track equipment are identified and reported in accordance with company specific procedures and instructions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that has been accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA as prescribed.
  • Moderation of assessment will be done by the relevant ETQA as prescribed.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be trained, qualified, certified and re-certified as an assessor in the OHTE/Substation division in accordance with the specific validation regulations relevant to the specific unit standard and registered with the relevant ETQA 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners can understand and explain the following in a rail environment:
  • Safe work procedures and instructions to work under, near or in the vicinity of high-voltage OHTE.
  • Identification and reaction to signs and warning boards related to high-voltage overhead track equipment.
  • Identification and verification of the correctness of bonding and track circuits.
  • Identification of high-voltage OHTE and related sub standards conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem-solving
    Learners will be able to solve problems by:
  • Observing and acting upon unsafe conditions
  • Handling material and or equipment under high-voltage equipment.
  • Identifying and verifying the correctness of bonding and track circuits
  • Handling emergency situations e.g. Applying first aid. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work
    Learners will be able to co-ordinate activities whilst performing maintenance by infrastructure personnel under, near or in the vicinity of high-voltage OHTE. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and self-management
    Learners will be able to organise and manage oneself by:
  • Identifying and reacting to various signs or warning boards.
  • Acting upon unsafe conditions
  • Identifying and verifying the correctness of bonding and track circuits
  • Performing maintenance under, near or in the vicinity of high-voltage ohte. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation
  • Learners will be able to critically evaluate information from visual/audible high-voltage indicators whilst performing maintenance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication
    Learners will be able to communicate with all role players by utilising various communication media (written, verbal, radios, hand signals, etc.) while performing maintenance under, near or in the vicinity of high-voltage OHTE. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology
    Learners will be able to use science and technology by performing maintenance under, near or in the vicinity of high-voltage OHTE. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems
    Learners will be able to:
  • Understand various systems in sidings, mainlines and marshalling yards e.g. electrified/non-electrified
  • Apply safe working procedures 

  • 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 
    Assessment process

    Assessment methods:
  • Practical tests
  • Written tests
  • Oral/on-the-job
  • In situ (on-the-job) observation
  • Simulation

    These methods must be carefully selected based on the purpose of the assessment (for example, the written method could be used to assess knowledge, or on-the-job demonstration for practical competence). The assessment must integrate a number of different methods (no less than three of those detailed above) in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes.

    The following tools may be used to supplement the above minimum assessment methods:

    Valid, reliable and authentic evidence (presented as a portfolio of evidence) from past achievements and experience may serve to supplement the assessment of applied competence. The portfolio should include inter alia:
  • Written statements from persons (e.g. current and / or previous employer, colleague, peer, manager, external customers) confirming competence of the learner.
  • Relevant certificates or awards.
  • Previous assessment records.
  • Logbook or register stating evidence of performance.

    Values:

    In addition, the following values should be demonstrated:
  • Trustworthiness
  • Safety consciousness
  • Accurateness
  • Responsibility
  • Neatness
  • Willingness to learn
  • Pro-activeness
  • Quality consciousness
  • Time consciousness
  • Flexibility
  • Sobriety

    Supplementary information:

    Terminology

    OHTE refers to overhead track equipment
    Company specific safety instructions may include but is not limited to:
  • Company specific electrical safety instructions

    Certification

    Where learners have been assessed and been found competent, each learner will be issued with a certificate. This certificate will clearly state that the learner may:
  • Work in the vicinity of or near exposed "live" high voltage overhead track equipment

    The certificate should relate to the company's specific validation period.
    Learners should be re-assessed and certified (e.g. three yearly) accordingly.

    Activity-Hours
    Theory-6
    Practical-2
    Self directed learning-1
    On-the-job learning -2
    Assessment-1
    Total-12
    Credits achieved: -1 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49773   National Certificate: Construction and Maintenance of Overhead Track Equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Core  49066   National Certificate: Railway Signalling: Installation and Scheduled Maintenance of Equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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