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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Handle and use chemicals safely in a manufacturing environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
110011  Handle and use chemicals safely in a manufacturing environment 
ORIGINATOR
Chemical Industries SGB 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
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 standard is aimed at people who are currently working, or who intend to work, in jobs within production environments that involve the handling of chemicals.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of chemicals used in a production plant
  • Prepare to handle chemicals safely
  • Handle chemicals safely
  • Conduct post-handling processeS 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence against numeracy and literacy at ABET Level 3 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of chemicals used in a working environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The properties of chemicals used in the plant are listed and their reactions described with regard to their contribution to the production process. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Chemicals: bulk or packaged liquids, solids, powders, resins and/or gases: chlorine-based, caustics, sanitizers, detergents and/or gas, and/or solvents.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The importance of protecting self, equipment, product and environment is explained, and the consequences of negligent on-site handling discussed in terms of legislation and Company safety policies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The consequences of misuse and spillage of hazardous chemicals in the work place and society at large are explained with reference to Company culture, people's health, the environment and consumer reactions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Alternative actions that could be taken to rectify abnormal conditions, such as spillages, are discussed with reference to the types of chemicals being used. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to handle chemicals safely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Correct clothing is worn in a manner that protects personnel and product and complies with organizational policy and legislation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Correct clothing: gloves, face masks, goggles, overalls, sleeve protectors, safety boots/shoes.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Equipment for use in handling chemicals is clean, operational and fit for purpose. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Correct handling equipment.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Safety equipment is operational, available and fit for purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The work environment is clean and free from potential hazards to personnel, product, plant and environment, in accordance with site operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Personnel affected by preparation of chemicals are notified within a timeframe that promotes workplace and team safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Knowledge of first aid and safety procedures for each chemical being handled are demonstrated prior to the commencement of chemical handling. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Handle chemicals safely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Chemicals are handled in a manner that maximizes operator and product safety in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Chemicals are used in compliance with their intended purpose and usage instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Wastage is kept to a minimum and spillages are removed using the appropriate method for the chemical in question, with due regard to storm water and effluent systems. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct post-handling processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Used equipment and materials are cleaned, disposed of or stored so that they do not pose a threat to the safety of personnel, plant or environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The consequences of incorrect materials disposal are explained with reference to the impact on people, plant and environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The handling process carried out is reviewed against the knowledge of chemical handling in order to identify discrepancies between theory and practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The work area is cleaned and restored to its pre-handling state, as per workplace requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The status of chemical handling is reported to appropriate personnel and is in the required format. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The Educational Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA), for the Chemical Industry in consultation with GEN/FETQA will accredit providers offering learning towards this standard and will register assessors. They will also appoint the internal and external moderators. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Properties of hazardous chemicals used on the specific site and their impact on health, safety and the environment
  • Appropriate legislation, regulation and site specific instructions including the OHS Act 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
  • Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
  • Work effectively with others as a member of a team and organisation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
  • Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
  • Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
  • Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
  • Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
  • Demonstrating and understanding of the world as a set or related systems by recognizing that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

  • 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 reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively; participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities; being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts. 

  • 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  48890   National Certificate: Chemical Liquid, Gas Storage and Transfer  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-10-13  CHIETA 
    Core  36156   National Certificate: Chemical Manufacturing Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2006-12-03  Was CHIETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  24253   National Certificate: Batch Mixing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2006-12-03  Was CHIETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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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