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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of abattoir layout and construction 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117968  Demonstrate an understanding of abattoir layout and construction 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 forms part of the qualifications on level 4 in the abattoir industry and are registered at NQF Level 4 on the National Qualifications Framework. Learners working towards this standard will be learning towards the full qualifications; or will be involved in; or working within the abattoir industry, specialising in meat classification or meat examination. The acquisition of competence against the above standard will add value to the learner and the abattoir industry as a whole.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the layout and product flow of an abattoir.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the planning and design of an abattoir.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the statutory requirements and grading of abattoirs.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the use of water in an abattoir.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the handling and disposal of abattoir effluent. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence against unit standards in mathematical, computer, numerical and communication studies at NQF Level 3 or equivalent.
  • Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence against the unit standard Demonstrate a basic understanding of the abattoir industry or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • The statutory requirements for an abattoir will include but not limited to the Meat Safety Act (Act 40 of 2000), Fertilisers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act (Act 36 of 1947), Animal Protection Act (Act 71 of 1962), The Stock Theft Act (Act 57 of 1959), The Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993), Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act (Act 54 of 1972) or any amendments.
  • Septic tank guidelines will include but will not be limited to the CSIR technical guide K86 of the Institute for Water Research or any amendments. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the layout and product flow of an abattoir. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept of dirty and clean areas of an abattoir is explained in accordance with statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Dirty areas of an abattoir are identified and listed in accordance with statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Clean areas of an abattoir are identified and listed in accordance with statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The flow of product through an abattoir is explained by compiling a flow diagram. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Clean, dirty and condemned products are identified and listed according to statutory requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the planning and design of an abattoir. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements for a viability study are listed and explained for an abattoir. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The factors to be considered when choosing a site for an abattoir are listed and explained in accordance with statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The factors impacting on the layout of the abattoir on the premises are identified, listed and described in terms of statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The factors impacting on the layout of work areas in an abattoir are identified, listed and described in terms of statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The factors impacting on the facilities for staff in an abattoir listed and explained in terms of statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A floor plan for an abattoir is described from a given floor plan. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the statutory requirements and grading of abattoirs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements of a high throughput abattoir is explained according to statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The requirements of a low throughput abattoir is explained according to statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The requirements of an export abattoir is explained according to statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The criteria to be considered when assessing the throughput of an abattoir are listed and described according to statutory requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the use of water in an abattoir. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The average water consumption of a high throughput abattoir are listed according to abattoir guidelines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The three Acts are listed which have an impact on water usage in an abattoir. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relevance of each Act on the use of water is explained according to the requirements of each particular Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The testing of water in high and low throughput abattoirs is explained in accordance with prevailing guidelines. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the handling and disposal of abattoir effluent. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of handling and disposing of abattoir effluent is explained according to work site procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The planning of the handling of abattoir effluent is explained in accordance with work site, operational or statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The methods and techniques for handling abattoir effluent are explained according to work site, operational or statutory requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The use of septic tanks as a method of disposal is discussed in accordance with guidelines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The restoration process of the work site is explained according to work site, operational or statutory requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution 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 or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The various regulatory requirements pertaining to the planning and design of abattoirs.
  • The Acts impacting on the use of water in an abattoir.
  • The grading requirements of an abattoir. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems which emerge from the planning, layout and design of an abattoir and the handling and disposal of abattoir effluent. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities in order to have all the necessary information at hand in order to effectively discuss issues pertaining to the layout and design of an abattoir. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information which will have an impact of the layout and design of an abattoir. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology to calculate or estimate issues affecting the layout and design of an abattoir. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where the poor layout and design of an abattoir impacts on the success and viability of an abattoir. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    In order to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, it must be the intention underlying any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of: being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts in the layout and design of an abattoir. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48651   Further Education and Training Certificate: Meat Classification  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48649   Further Education and Training Certificate: Meat Examination  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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