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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Maintain electrical distribution boards, panels and enclosures 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
10254  Maintain electrical distribution boards, panels and enclosures 
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
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2007-04-03  2009-02-18  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2010-02-18   2013-02-18  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
258937  Install, maintain or replace Low Voltage distribution boards, protection devices and components  Level 2  NQF Level 02   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for persons in the Electrical Engineering; Generation; Distribution; Transmission, Construction and Renewable Energy Sector.

A person accredited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Plan to maintain distribution boards and panels
  • Prepare to maintain distribution boards and panels
  • Maintain electrical distribution boards and panels
  • Conclude the maintenance of electrical distribution board and panel.

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the electrical engineering and construction environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of Physical Planning and Construction. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the electrical engineering and construction environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following knowledge, skills attitude and / or equivalent:
  • Electrical safety
  • Cleaning methods
  • Basic safety procedures related to tools
  • Use of portable electrical cleaning equipment
  • Communication and numeracy 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • All work to be done under instruction
  • Distribution board and panels according to scope or as specified in SABS 0142
  • In line with OHS Act standards
  • Manufacturers specifications 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan to maintain distribution boards and panels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Task instructions are obtained and understood (Interpreted). 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Job cards / works requests / maintenance schedules
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Identify portable electrical cleaning equipment as per work place procedures and standards 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Blowers; Extension leads, Vacuum Cleaners
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Identify the correct personal protective equipment as per your work place procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Overalls; Aprons; Safety Glass; Face Shields; Masks
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Identify correct cleaning solvents and material as per your work place procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Waste; Rags; Chemical solvents; Brushes
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Identification of correct distribution board and panel is done for cleaning as per job specification then arrangements are made with the relevant persons to isolate the distribution board and panel for cleaning and maintenance. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Isolation and earthing if required and locked out
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to maintain distribution boards and panels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Select correct cleaning solvents and material as per your work place procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Waste; Rags; Chemical solvents; Brushes
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Select applicable portable electrical cleaning equipment as per work place procedures and standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Blowers; Electrical Extension leads; Vacuum Cleaners
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Select and wear the correct personal protecting equipment as per your work place procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Overalls; Aprons ; Safety Glass; Face Shields ; Masks
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Confirm that Distribution boards and panels are isolated and locked out as per procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Verbal; written (permit system) permission to work
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Maintain electrical distribution boards, panels and enclosures. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Supply boards, splitter boxes, kiosks, meter boxes, control panels, starter panels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Visually inspect distribution board and panel enclosures for defects. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Doors, hinges, locking devices, structure damage, weather seal, rust, faded paint, moisture, dust, burnt insulation, name plates and labels
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Clean distribution boards and panels using the approved cleaning materials and solvents as per work place standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Correct and safe use of cleaning materials and equipment as per safety standards are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Appropriate use of personal protective equipment during the cleaning process as per safety standard or work procedures are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Repair and replace damaged distribution board and panel enclosure components. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Loose hinges, locking / latching devices
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Consequences of incorrect use of cleaning methods, solvents and materials are explained in accordance with work site procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conclude the maintenance of electrical distribution board and panel. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    General house keeping; records; reports and re-energising. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. All defects and suspected faults are recorded and reported in line with specific work site requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    History files; job cards; maintenance reports
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The correct disposal of the used cleaning solvents and rags as per safety and environmental standards are demonstrated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Flammable material drums; waste drums; incinerators
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The cleaning solvents are properly sealed/closed and correctly stored to prevent hazardous fumes; substance spillage and risk of fire. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Flame proof storage; ventilated rooms
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. All cleaning equipment is returned and stored as per work site house keeping standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. All defective components are correctly disposed off, in accordance to site procedures and standards. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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 accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A basic understanding of Isolation and Lockout procedures.
  • Related work place / site standards and procedures.
  • A basic understanding of cleaning material and solvents.
  • A basic understanding of the effects of certain cleaning solvents when applied to various parts / materials of distribution boards or panels.
  • A basic understanding of the handling of chemicals and solvents. 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively in the ability to follow instructions when working under supervision to ensure the safe execution of work activities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information related to ( isolation / lockout procedures of electrical equipment thus ensuring safe execution of work). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Effective use of communication methods when recording and reporting information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environmental and the health of others by complying to the environmental Management and Safety standards when using chemical solvents and hazardous substances. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Tasks using responsible thinking and decision making in relation to the use and choice of relevant personal protective equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 258937, which is "Install, maintain or replace Low Voltage distribution boards, protection devices and components", Level 2, 6 credits.

    This Unit Standard was originally registered on 12 June 2002 under SAQA decision number 0742/02. It has been re-registered on 11 February 2004 under SAQA 2552/04.


    SPECIFIED REQUIREMENTS:

    LEGAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • SABS 0142
  • Relevant sections of the OHS Act
  • Relevant environmental management processes / procedures

    A glossary of terms about the terminology of:

    CONTEXT SPECIFIC:
  • Manufacturer`s specifications in relation to cleaning solvents
  • Lockout system
  • Work site / safe work policies and procedures 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48473   National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-02-18  Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  49753   General Education and Training Certificate: General Technical Practice  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 
    Elective  58269   National Certificate: Electro-Mechanics  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.
     
    1. Blue Horison Properties 53 (Pty) Ltd T/A Durnacol Skills Innovation Hu 
    2. Coastal Kzn F.E.T. College - Swinton Road Campus 
    3. DATAMATRIX EDUCATION & TRAINING 
    4. Enstra Learning and Development Centre (Pty) Ltd (SPRINGS) (TP) 
    5. HT MARKTECH 
    6. TRY EASY ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 



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