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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Adhere to the legal requirements of SANS 10147 (SABS 0147) standards when handling group 1 refrigerants 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116468  Adhere to the legal requirements of SANS 10147 (SABS 0147) standards when handling group 1 refrigerants 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Air-conditioning Refrigeration and Ventilation 
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 3  NQF Level 03 
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 
  • To inform persons handling group 1 refrigerants about the requirements of Code of Practice SANS 10147 (SABS 0147) to be adhered to when installing, commissioning, maintaining and repairing refrigeration or air conditioning equipment.
  • To bring the legal requirements of SANS 10147 (SABS 0147) relating to the safe handling of group 1 refrigerants to the person wishing to be accredited by ACRICSA to install, commission repair or maintain refrigeration equipment (including refrigeration equipment associated with air conditioning systems) subjected to these standards 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the person being assessed is already capable to carry out the following tasks:
  • To identify refrigerant containers and refrigeration oils.
  • To transfer, charge and recover refrigerants and refrigeration oil.
    It is further assumed that the person has an understanding of the principles of refrigeration. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Refrigeration systems, containing group 1 refrigerant, including plants associated with air-conditioning systems, other than those listed under clause 1 (Scope) of SANS 10147 (SABS 0147).
  • The person having been assessed on the basis of these notes and found competent will be able to adhere to the standards of SANS 10147 (SABS 0147) when handling group 1 refrigerants to prevent situations that could result in loss of life, injury to persons or damage to refrigeration plants operating with a Group 1 refrigerant as required according to by the OHS act and the Mines Health & safety Act. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Briefly describe the objectives of SANS 10147 (SABS 0147). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The objective of SANS 10147 (SABS 0147) is stated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The refrigerant equipment not subjected to SANS 10147 (SABS 0147) is listed 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The refrigerant groups dealt with in SANS 10147 (SABS 0147) are listed and defined 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Define the applicable terms used in SANS 10147 (SABS 0147) and state the requirements for personal protective equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The definitions as listed under range are stated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Pressure relief device, pressure relief valve, fusible plug, bursting disc, pressure limiting device, changeover device, packaged unit, and competent person.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The requirements to provide respirators and self-contained breathing apparatus required when the amount of refrigerant contained in a plant exceeds 1 000 kg are listed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The requirements regarding inspection, maintenance and storage of the respirators and breathing apparatus are stated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    List and discuss the regulations regarding machinery areas, plant rooms and cold rooms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements for ventilating the plant rooms are listed and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The special requirements the plant rooms must comply with are listed and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The requirements regarding refrigerant detectors are listed and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The safety provisions incorporated in the construction of refrigerated chambers are listed and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The requirements for installations where the power input to the compressor(s) exceeds 20 kW are listed and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The arrangements and operating procedures regarding emergency exits and personnel working inside cold rooms are listed and discussed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    List and discuss the requirements regarding the operation, maintenance and the provision for servicing refrigerating systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The regulations regarding the personnel operating and maintaining a refrigeration plant are listed and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The regulations regarding instructions to be placed inside the plant room and instruction manuals required are listed and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The regulations regarding work to be carried out inside refrigerated chambers are listed and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The regulations regarding the provisions for servicing a refrigerating system are listed and discussed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    List and discus the regulations regarding charging, discharging or substituting refrigerants. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The regulations regarding the use of refrigerant containers for charging and discharging refrigerants are listed and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The regulations regarding the storage of refrigerant in a plant room are listed and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The regulation regarding the replacement of the metal signs after a substitution of refrigerant has been made are listed and discussed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    List and discuss the regulations regarding field tests on refrigerating systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The regulations regarding the pressure testing of refrigerating systems are listed and discussed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    State the duty a person has to report cases where an installation does not comply with the requirements of SANS 10147 (SABS 0147). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The duty of any person operating, maintaining of repairing refrigeration equipment to advise the owner of the plant of any cases where the installation does not comply with the requirements of the standard and to recommend that the necessary changes be made in order to ensure compliance is stated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 8 
    Generate a report on an installation subject to SANS 10147 (SABS 0147) and using a group 1 refrigerant indicating where the installation does and does not comply with the standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A report, detailing all the applicable non-conformance items and containing recommendations what necessary changes are to be made in order to ensure compliance is generated. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accreditation should be carried out by accredited assessors who are specialists in and have practical experience in the field of refrigeration and air-conditioning. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The legal requirements when handling group 1 refrigerants.
  • The legal requirements for personnel and plant i.r.o. installations subject to SANS 10147
    (SABS 0147).
  • Safe working procedures when working with refrigerants. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems
  • Nature and extent of deviation from SANS 10147 (SABS 0147) is identified. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information
  • Reading and interpreting SANS 10147 (SABS 0147).
  • Collecting the correct information for evaluation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically
  • The refrigeration cycle and its applications are understood 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems
  • Understanding the effects refrigerant, when released into the atmosphere can have on the
    environment.
  • Understanding the hazards associated with the use of refrigerants. 

  • 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:

    1. The accreditation based on this assessment does not, in any way, replace the legal requirements for persons who are in charge of refrigeration or air conditioning plants.
    2. These notes are intended for persons working with group 1 refrigerants only. Specific knowledge of group 2 and group 3 refrigerants and the associated plants is required before a person is competent to work on plants containing group 2 or group 3 refrigerants.
    3. This assessment concerns only the safe handling of refrigerants and by no means includes all the requirements stipulated in SANS 10147 (SABS 0147).
    4. The Occupational Health and Safety Act (No. 85 of 1993) and the Mine Health and Safety Act (No. 29 of 1996) incorporated the provisions of SANS 10147 (SABS 0147). Owners of refrigeration equipment (including air-conditioning plants) covered by SANS 10147 (SABS 0147) are legally bound to ensure that this equipment complies with these requirements.
    5. It is the duty of any person installing refrigeration equipment as defined in SANS 10147 (SABS 0147) to ensure the installation complies with the requirements of the standard.
    6. It is the duty of any person operating, maintaining of repairing refrigeration equipment as defined in SANS 10147 (SABS 0147) to advise the owner of the plant of any cases where the installation does not comply with the requirements of the standard and to recommend that the necessary changes be made in order to ensure compliance.
    7. It is recommended that any persons involved in the installation, operation, or repair of refrigeration systems should purchase a copy of from Standards South Africa at (012) 428 6883. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  65489   National Certificate: Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Elective  48963   National Certificate: Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-03-12  Was MERSETA 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.
     
    1. Dawsons Training Academy (Pty) Ltd (DURBAN) (TP) 
    2. IFIHLILE TRAINING ACADEMY GAUTENG (PTY) LTD (Halfway House)(TP) 
    3. Industries Education & Training Institute (MAITLAND) (TP) 
    4. INDUSTRIES EDUCATION & TRAINING INSTITUTE - PE TTC 
    5. Service Corps T/A Works Training School (ELANDSFONTEIN) (TP) 
    6. Tekmation (Pty) Ltd T/A Tekmation Training Institute (DURBAN) (TP) 
    7. Winters Business Enterprise T/A Winters Tradesman Technical Tuition (PRETORIA) (TP) 



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