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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Decontaminate equipment and work areas in an explosive environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114647  Decontaminate equipment and work areas in an explosive 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 who works in the explosive manufacturing environment where hazardous and explosive materials are handled. Knowledge regarding properties, behaviour, performance, safety requirements, identification of hazardous materials in explosive material manufacturing environment is essential for safe and effective cleaning and decontaminating of hazardous or explosives materials.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate an understating of cleaning and decontaminating processes during explosive material spillages.
  • Prepare to clean and decontaminate work areas exposed to explosive material spillages,
  • Clean and decontaminate work areas exposed to explosive material spillages,
  • Perform end of clean-up and decontaminating procedures.

    This unit will contribute to the full development and further mobility and transportability within the fields of manufacturing and technology. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and progression within the manufacturing context where hazardous materials are being handled. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Description of required skills, knowledge and understanding on:
  • The behaviour, performance and uses of explosives and chemicals.
  • Handle and use explosive materials manually
  • Understanding of the behaviour, performance and uses of explosives
  • Understanding of occupational health, safety and environment legislation relevant to the explosive manufacturing environment 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because the process is moderate in range, established and familiar and offers clear choices of routine responses. The learning demand employs basic operational knowledge and readily available information. The application of this unit standard is to qualify the person for 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 10 h
    Recommended time spent in structured learning in the workplace and assessment 30h
    Total notional hours 50h 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understating of cleaning and decontaminating processes during explosive material. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Demonstrate an understating of cleaning and decontaminating processes during explosive material spillages. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Explosives materials include all types of explosives in a solid state or dissolved in a solvent. Explosive materials also include non-explosives material like paper, wood etc contaminated by explosives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of cleaning and decontaminating explosive manufacturing equipment and surfaces is explained by referring to occupational health specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effects of failing to remove explosive residues from explosive manufacturing equipment and surfaces before further utilisation are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The types of cleaning and decontaminating agents used for the specific explosive manufacturing equipment and surfaces are identified and its purpose and working principles are explained according to chemical principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The factors that influence the efficiency of a cleaning agent are explained according to standard chemical principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The steps in the cleaning and decontaminating process, with the parameters of each, are identified according to standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to clean and decontaminate work areas exposed to explosive material spillages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal preparation is done according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Personal preparation refers to practices that ensure personal, product and environment safety.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate protective equipment and warning signs are prepared according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Cleaning and decontaminating agents and cleaning equipment are prepared and handled according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Manufacturing equipment and surfaces are prepared for cleaning and decontaminating according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Site and organisation specific documentation is prepared according to standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Clean and decontaminate work areas exposed to explosive material spillages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The equipment and surfaces are cleaned and decontaminated according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The cleaning and decontaminating agents are used in accordance with standard operating procedures, prescribed manufacturer's procedures and safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The cleaned and decontaminated equipment and surfaces meet site-specific and legal requirements regarding deposits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Problems during cleaning and sanitising decontaminating processes are identified and solved within the scope of work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Residue is inspected according to standard operating procedure. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform end of clean-up and decontaminating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Waste is disposed of according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Cleaning and decontaminating agents are stored according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The work area is left in accordance with standard operating procedures and requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Documents are completed and signed according to standard operating procedures. 


    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 in order to ensure environment safety. 

  • 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 according to standard operating procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Analysing and interpreting 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 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
    Elective  78527   National Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  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 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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