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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Know and apply technology in the storage, blending and distribution of petroleum and chemical products 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116040  Know and apply technology in the storage, blending and distribution of petroleum and chemical products 
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  20 
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 for people who use or intend to use technology when working in a storage, blending and distribution facility. It will empower them to contribute to the productive and safe operation of the facility and to get recognition for the knowledge and skills to do so.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Describe applicable technology and equipment used in the transfer, storage and blending operations carried out in the above facilities.
  • Carry out relevant operational calculations.
  • Contribute to the achievement of the safety, health and environmental goals applicable at a specific facility.
  • Contribute to the achievement of productivity and economic goals of a specific facility. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence in the execution of the duties and activities of a typical field operator working in a storage, blending and distribution facility and have knowledge of the process chemistry and related technology, as well as the safety, health and environmental practices applicable in these operations. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    In the context of this unit standard a site or specific facility's could include large tank farms as found in petroleum refineries, smaller tank farms as found in blending operations and distribution depots and tank farms where liquids/gases are stored. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe technology and equipment used in transfer, storage and blending operations carried out. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Describe applicable technology and equipment used in the transfer, storage and blending operations carried out in the related facilities. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Common purposes of specific storage, blending and distribution of chemical products.

    The chemical and physical characteristics address the liquids and/or gases encountered at a site that are relevant to the work of an operator in these storage, blending and distribution facilities.

    Characteristics include pressure, temperature and vaporisation, flammability, toxicity, identification of contamination and hazards, colour, smell, viscosity and density.

    Equipment used includes types of vessels, vents and arrestors, flares, pumps, block and bleed, pipe work and blinds, flanges, bunds, filters, separators, coalessors, compressors, conveyors, metering devices, pigs, vapour recover equipment, loading arms and hoses, scales, instrumentation and process control etc. as applicable at a specific site.

    Best practice is the accepted way in which operations are carried out in the majority of operation in South Africa and comparable to international practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Common purposes of tank farms and other similar facilities are described with reference to types of liquids and/or gases stored, blended and transferred to, within and from these facilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Types of equipment and configurations of pipe reticulation are described and identified with reference to their purpose, typical application and performance criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Industry best practice used for conducting transfers, blending and storage is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Operations conducted at a specific site are compared with industry best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Recommendations for change, if applicable, are made using the appropriate communication channels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Documentation, including written reports, is prepared in accordance with site specific instruction. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Carry out calculations used in storage, blending and distribution facilities and operations. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Calculations could include capacities of tanks, density and mass of liquids and loading/capacity of containers/vessels, flow rates and determination of time for transfers, determination of blend recipes based on ratios, percentages and proportions, Boyle & Charles Laws. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The need to determine values within the operation is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant data is identified and collected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant formulae are selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Correct answers are determined through the substitution of data into formulae and appropriate manipulation of figures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Communication actions based on the answers are appropriate and in accordance with site-specific instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Contribute to achievement of safety, health and environmental goals applicable at a tank farm. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Contribute to achievement of safety, health and environmental goals applicable at a specific tank farm. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Knowledge of the duties and legislation applicable to a particular site when an emergency arises. Understanding the specific steps that must to be taken in an emergency and the communication related to these steps. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Site specific safety, health and environmental operating levels are compared with legal requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Site specific procedures and practices are compared with legal requirements and best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Consequences and potential consequences of incidents, accidents and disasters relating to employees, the company, local communities, other local operations and society at large are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Contribution to health, safety and environmental requirements by the learner are in accordance with the site specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The theory and practice of effluent treatment at a specific site is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Reporting of non conformance, if found at a site, is carried out in accordance with site procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Site specific waste management procedures to be followed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Contribute to the achievement of productivity and economic goals of a particular facility. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The communication of performance measurement used at a specific site may include written notes and or graphs. Identification of consequences may include the use of calculation that maybe carried out using spreadsheets, or calculators.

    Comment on ways to improve performance may include recommendation on how work procedures/instructions could be changed through communication improved and execution simplified. Comment to be made using appropriate methods and following appropriate communication channels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Cost of operations and value addition is estimated using data provided by the company. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Site specific productivity (enhancement/measurement) programme is described with reference to its purpose and company objectives and mission and parameters measured. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reporting of productivity issues to staff is related to the objectives of productivity programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The contribution required of storage, blending and distribution operators is identified and the learner evaluates/comments related to personal contribution according to the way in which the planned daily schedule's activities have been carried out. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Consequences of non-conformance with instructions are described with reference to cost implications, effect on internal and external clients and transporters of liquids/gases handled. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Comment regarding ways to improve performance is made using the communication channels prescribed at the specific site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Compare own contribution to the minimization of waste to the site specific waste management programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Implications of conformance and non-conformance with work plans and work related instructions are described with reference to costs incurred. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The relevant Educational Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA) will accredit providers offering learning towards this standard and will register assessors. They will also appoint the internal and external verifiers. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Physical and chemical properties of the liquids/gases stored and transferred
  • Formulae used for calculations
  • Features and components of equipment and why specific features are required for particular purposes
  • Principles applied in the safe transfer and storage of potentially hazardous liquids/gases
  • The application of legislation and regulations pertaining to facilities involved in the storage, blending and distribution of liquids/gases
  • Communication systems and methods used in these facilities
  • Legislation, regulation and site specific policies and instructions applicable to storage, blending and distribution operations 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems.

    Evident in Specific Outcomes:
  • Contribute to achievement of safety, health and environmental goals applicable at a specific tank farm
  • Contribute to the achievement of productivity and economic goals of a particular facility. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others and in teams.

    Evident in Specific Outcomes:
  • Contribute to achievement of safety, health and environmental goals applicable at a specific tank farm
  • Contribute to the achievement of productivity and economic goals of a particular facility. 

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

    Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collection and critical evaluation of information.

    Evident in Specific Outcomes:
  • Carry out calculations used in storage, blending and distribution facilities and operations.
  • Contribute to achievement of safety, health and environmental goals applicable at a specific tank farm
  • Contribute to the achievement of productivity and economic goals of a particular facility. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Oral and written communication.

    Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically.

    Evident in Specific Outcomes:
  • Describe applicable technology and equipment used in the transfer, storage and blending operations carried out in the related facilities.
  • Carry out calculations used in storage, blending and distribution facilities and operations.
  • Contribute to achievement of safety, health and environmental goals applicable at a specific tank farm. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understanding of inter-related parts of a storage and distribution operation.

    Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Economic impact/significance of a storage and distribution operation.

    Evident in Specific Outcome:
  • Contribute to the achievement of productivity and economic goals of a particular facility.

    Social impact of tank farm operation on the local community.

    Evident in Specific Outcomes:
  • Contribute to achievement of safety, health and environmental goals applicable at a specific tank farm
  • Contribute to the achievement of productivity and economic goals of a particular facility.

    Environmental impact of a storage and distribution operation.

    Evident in Specific Outcomes:
  • Contribute to achievement of safety, health and environmental goals applicable at a specific tank farm
  • Contribute to the achievement of productivity and economic goals of a particular facility. 

  • 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 


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