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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Examine refuge bays/places of safety 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259618  Examine refuge bays/places of safety 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Occupational Health and Safety 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Preventive Health 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
116513  Examine refuge bays to ensure they are life sustainable  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful for all people in a workplace who are involved in the health and safety of employees as it provides them with the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure that in an emergency situation the refuge bays or places of safety are maintained at the minimum standard required in terms of legal prescripts to ensure they are life sustainable.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Describing the specific requirements pertaining to and preparing for the examination of refuge bays/places of safety.
  • Examining refuge bays/places of safety.
  • Performing post-examination activities of refuge bays/places of safety. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the specified requirements pertaining to the examination of refuge bays/places of safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The function of refuge bays/places of safety are explained in terms of specific industry requirements and their contribution of the health and safety of employees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The equipment and operation of refuge bays/places of safety is explained in terms of specific industry/sector and legislative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of substandard refuge bays/places of safety as a result of not being examined or inspected are explained in terms of possible injury or loss of life. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Examine refuge bays/places of safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal equipment and refuge bays/places of safety are examined to ensure functionality and preparedness for use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The route to refuge bays/places of safety is checked in terms of obstacles, hazards and potential risks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The refuge bays/places of safety are examined for potential hazards and/or risks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Out of line and sub-standards situations are dealt with in accordance with standard operating procedures and legal prescripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The measurements of the environmental conditions in the refuge bay/place of safety are performed to ensure a safe environment under adverse conditions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform post-examination activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Inspection reports on refuge bays/places of safety are completed and submitted in accordance organisational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The measuring equipment is examined and cleaned in terms of maintain life sustainability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Recommendations on the refuge bays/places of safety are made to the authorised individuals for follow-up. 


    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 or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place 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 or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Legal and specific-site requirements for refuge bays/places of safety.
  • The function of refuge bays/places of safety.
  • Equipment and operation of refuge bays/places of safety.
  • How the measurements of the environmental conditions in refuge bays/places of safety are performed.
  • How the results of the examination and measurements are recorded.
  • How defective measuring equipment is dealt with. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems pertaining to the refuge bays/places of safety, risks and hazards identified and defective/broken equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when discovering out of line or defective refuge bays/places of safety. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities in terms of the worksite requirements for the refuge bays/places of safety. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when examining refuge bays/places of safety. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when generating and disseminating reports regarding the refuge bays/places of safety. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where the failure to carry out the examination process can have a negative impact on health, safety of people and on operations. 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 116513, "Examine refuge bays to ensure they are life sustainable", Level 2, 1 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  74269   National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Core  90656   National Certificate: Mine Ventilation  Not Applicable  NQF Level 02  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.
     
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