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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Manage the prevention of fatigue in the workplace 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259621  Manage the prevention of fatigue in the workplace 
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 does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard requires learners to be able to identify and help prevent fatigue in the workplace. Fatigue is responsible for reduced productivity and increased carelessness and/or error which lead to life threatening situations or emergencies.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Identifying the causes of fatigue.
  • Describing means of preventing fatigue.
  • Managing the treatment of fatigue. 

  • 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 
    Identify the causes of fatigue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Fundamental anatomy and function of the human endocrine system is explained in relation to the causes of fatigue. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The function of the endocrine system may include but is not limited to control of brain, digestive system, renal system.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Effects of specific medical conditions and prescribed medication are explained in terms of their impact on sleep patterns of individuals. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Medical conditions may include but are not limited to diabetes, hypertension, sleep and ageing, women and sleep, anaemia, depression, anxiety, irritability, chronic pain and infections.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effects of substances on sleep patterns are explained with examples of resultant behaviours. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Substances include, but are not limited to:
  • Alcohol, caffeine, illegal drugs.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The implication of environmental conditions is explained in relation to chronic fatigue. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Environmental conditions include, but are not limited to:
  • Own working environment, shift work, type of work, regular over-time worked, work culture, noise, heat, personal circumstances, biological clock, circadian rhythm, personal sleep requirements, sleep and ageing.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The signs and symptoms of progressive fatigue are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe means of preventing fatigue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of eating healthy and well-balanced meals is explained with regard to the type of work performed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relevance of exercise and relaxation is described in terms of the prevention of fatigue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Effects of ongoing or regular interruption during daily sleeping hours on the body are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Manage the treatment of fatigue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The fitness of the employee for work is explained in terms of personal appearance and behaviour. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Alertness, behaviour patterns, physical conditions, psychological strain, regular napping at workstation, response to problems, rest.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Self-management of a healthy life-style is explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Self-management of a healthy life-style includes, but is not limited to:
  • Nutrition, types of meals, number of meals, ways to boost personal energy, vitamin supplements, exercise, correct sleeping habits, social conditions, home life.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Referral procedures for fatigued employees are explained in terms of standard organisational policies and/or procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Referral procedures include, but are not limited to:
  • Employee Assistance Programmes, medical examinations, adjustment to shift work, sleep clinics.
     


  • 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 
  • Current, applicable regulations, legislation, agreements, policies and procedures pertain to occupational health and safety, conditions of employment, labour relations and skills development.
  • Company Policies and Procedures.
  • Fundamental Anatomy and physiology of the Endocrine, digestive and renal systems.
  • Biological Clock and Circadian rhythms.
  • Fatigue. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems relating to the mechanisms of prevention and managing fatigue. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as part of a team during shift work and accepted normal working hours. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with others including referral services. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively with regard to information, communication systems and referrals. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems with regard to fatigue and the prevention of industrial accidents and the impact it may have on people and the organisation. 

    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  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 


    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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