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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply occupational health, safety and environmental protection in an explosive manufacturing environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114643  Apply occupational health, safety and environmental protection in an explosive 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 unit standard is intended for a person working in an explosive manufacturing environment who needs to be aware of the current and applicable legislation relevant to the industry he/ she is working in while engaging in personal, workplace and environmental safety procedures and actions.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of personal health, safety and environmental protection as applied in an explosive manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of safe working practices in an explosive manufacturing environment.
  • Deal safely with emergencies

    This unit will contribute to the full development of the learner with in the explosive manufacturing environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of manufacturing and assembly. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and progression within the manufacturing and technology context. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Description of required skills, knowledge and understanding on:
  • Good housekeeping practices in the work environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because a narrow range of knowledge and cognitive skills is applied. The application of this unit standard is to qualify the person for entry into career-based certification.

    The credit value assigned to this unit standard is appropriate and reflects the average length of time for an average qualifying learner to become competent.

    Recommended contact time and individual learning 20 h
    Recommended time spent in structured learning in the workplace and assessment 60h
    Total notional hours 80h 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of personal health, safety and environmental protection. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Demonstrate an understanding of personal health, safety and environmental protection as applied in an explosive manufacturing environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of safety, health and environmental legislation in the workplace is explained
    according to the applicable legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The employers and employee's rights and responsibilities regarding safety in the work place are explained in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safety signs and symbols in an explosive manufacturing environment are identified and its purpose explained in compliance with explosive manufacturing environment safety regulations and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of personal protective clothing and safety gear is explained according to safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Colour codes on pipelines are identified and the purpose of each is explained in compliance with explosive factory safety regulations and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of safe working practices in an explosive manufacturing environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal protective clothing and safety gear are identified and its purpose explained according to site-specific safety requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Personal protective clothing and safety gear refer to static free clothing, cotton underwear, conductive shoes and copper armband earthed to the ground.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Handling and lifting techniques of heavy objects are demonstrated according to personal safety principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Personal safety practices regarding workplace and manufacturing equipment within scope of work are identified according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The work environment and manufacturing equipment is prepared and maintained according to standard operating safety requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety in the work environment and manufacturing equipment may refer to remote controlled operations and shatter proof glass shutters/windows.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Safety precautions and practices during good housekeeping, personal safety actions and health and hygiene practices in an explosive manufacturing environment are identified and described according to standard operating procedures and site-specific safety regulations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Deal with emergencies safely. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Safety emergencies refer to personal safety, equipment and plant safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety emergency situations within his/her scope of work and working environment are identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety emergency situations refer to fire prevention and evacuation, application of first aid, personal safety actions (where human safety is endangered), environment spillages and good housekeeping.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose and responsibilities of a safety and emergency representative are explained according to Occupational Health and safety Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The procedures for reporting emergencies to the emergency officer are identified and described according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The explanation includes situations where human safety is endangered, first aid is needed fire or explosion breaks out.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safety precautions and practices during good housekeeping, personal safety actions and health and hygiene practices in an explosive manufacturing environment are identified and described according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety precautions and practices may refer to stopping procedures after spillages or explosions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Personal and equipment safety procedures during an emergency situation are explained within his/her scope of work. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Internal moderation.
  • External moderation.
  • An assessor, accredited by the relevant ETQA, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Assessment procedures will be supplied by the ETQA in alignment with NSB requirements.
  • All assessment activities must be fair, so that all candidates have equal opportunities. Activities must be free of gender, ethnic or other bias.
  • Assessment and moderation procedures, activities and tools must be transparent, affordable and support development within the field, sub-field and NQF.
  • Questions and answers to determine theoretical knowledge are expected.
  • Examination of an assessment portfolio.
  • Reporting skills are demonstrated by effective communication, using verbal (language) and/or writing skills.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected within the assessment criteria of each specific outcome and critical cross-field outcomes. 

    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 response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Solving process related problems within the scope of work. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Performing personal preparation, workplace and equipment preparation to standard operating procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Analysing and interpreting manufacturing records and analysis. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication methods and keeping records. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large. 

    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 
    Supplementary Information:

    Legal requirements:
    The following acts and/or codes, current and future regulations and amendments may be ? are applicable:
  • The Explosives Act and Regulations, Act 26 of 1956
  • The Hazardous Substances Act and Regulations, Act 15 of 1973
  • The Occupational Health and Safety Act, Act 85 of 1993. Regulations No
    24272 of January 2003
  • The Mine Health and Safety Act, Act 29 of 1996
  • The Environmental Conservation Act, Act 73 of 1989
  • ISO 9001 & 14000

    Definition of terms within this unit standard:

    Protective clothing/gear refers to clothing that safeguards the person and the product.

    Standard operating procedures refer to company procedures, prescribed procedures from the manufacturer, personal, equipment and environmental safety procedures, good manufacturing practices, best practices, time frames, applicable legislation and specifications. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48725   National Certificate: Explosives Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-04-07  Was CHIETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  78527   National Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


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