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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply health and safety principles in horticulture 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119707  Apply health and safety principles in horticulture 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Horticulture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
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 
A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the health and safety principles that are used in horticulture.
  • Identify the various safety signs in the workplace and explain their purpose.
  • Recognise potentially hazardous situations in the workplace.
  • Utilise good housekeeping principles in the workplace.
  • React positively in an emergency situation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Demonstrate knowledge of Communication and Numeracy at ABET Level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the relevant sections of the health and safety act that affect learners in the workplace. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS), industry safety practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of following safety procedures is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The provisions of the OHS that affect the horticultural industry are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the duties and responsibilities of employers to provide a safe working environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: health and safety checks, reduce dangers and hazards, preventative measures, employee training, provide information on health and safety, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE),
    adherence to the OHS Act, safety committee/officer, equipment in safe and good working condition, vehicles maintained, drivers licences, safety signage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements necessary for a safe working environment are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The measures that must be taken to maintain a safe working environment are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Identify and explain 3 examples of each of the following signs/symbols that are found in the workplace:
  • Information signs/symbols.
  • Instructional signs/symbols.
  • Fire prevention signs/symbols.
  • Warning signs/symbols. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the duties and responsibilities of employees. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: all personal protective equipment (PPE) available for safe performance of work, report unsafe situations, defective or unsafe Equipment, know the safe and correction operation of equipment, good housekeeping, cleaning, safe storage of equipment and facilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) to be used in the workplace is listed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The safe use of equipment used in the workplace is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The care and maintenance of PPE and equipment used in the workplace is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Hazards in the work environment are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The reporting procedures for health and safety hazards are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The importance of good housekeeping is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements for the safe transporting of staff and equipment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: roadworthy vehicles, vehicles are not overloaded, large equipment on a separate vehicle, staff to be seated when vehicles are moving, tools and equipment are securely stored, speed must be relative to the driving surface, avoid hazards, stones, tree stumps and holes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The condition and state of vehicles to be used for the transporting of staff or equipment is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The requirements for the safe transporting of staff on vehicles are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The loading of large and small equipment on vehicles is described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    React in an emergency situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The points to be considered in an emergency situation are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The basic first aid to be used in an emergency situation is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The use of fire fighting equipment to be used in the relevant emergency situation is demonstrated. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established principles. Practical assessment activities will be used, which are appropriate to the contents in which qualifying learners are working. These activities will include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge be assessed. The specific outcomes must be assessed in its own right, through oral and practical evidence. It cannot be assessed by observation only.

    The specific outcomes and essential knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge, but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, then they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a learner is able to perform specific outcomes, but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found, both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected within the assessment criteria of each specific outcome and must be assessed in its own right, through oral and written evidence. Observation cannot be the only assessment. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • 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.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities.
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

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

    Note:
  • Refer to specific outcomes:
    > "Understand the duties and responsibilities of employers to provide a safe working environment."
    > "Understand the requirements for the safe transporting of staff and equipment."
    > "React in an emergency situation." 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork:
  • Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community.

    Note:
  • Refer to specific outcome:
    > "React in an emergency situation." 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organization and management:
  • Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note:
  • Refer to specific outcomes:
    > "Understand the duties and responsibilities of employers to provide a safe working environment."
    > "Understand the requirements for the safe transporting of staff and equipment."
    > "React in an emergency situation." 

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

    Note:
  • Refer to specific outcomes:
    > "Understand the duties and responsibilities of employers to provide a safe working environment."
    > "Understand the requirements for the safe transporting of staff and equipment."
    > "React in an emergency situation." 

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

    Note:
  • Refer to specific outcomes:
    > "Explain the duties and responsibilities of employees."
    > "React in an emergency situation." 

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

    Note:
  • Refer to specific outcomes:
    > "Understand the duties and responsibilities of employers to provide a safe working environment."
    > "Explain the duties and responsibilities of employees."
    > "Understand the requirements for the safe transporting of staff and equipment."
    > "React in an emergency situation." 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Note:
  • Refer to specific outcomes:
    > "Explain the relevant sections of the health and safety act that affect learners in the workplace."
    > "Understand the requirements for the safe transporting of staff and equipment."
    > "React in an emergency situation." 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors must:
  • Be accredited as an assessor by the relevant ETQA.
  • Hold an assessor certificate according to the current requirements.
  • Have experience or in depth knowledge of the horticultural industry, specifically as it relates to ornamental aspects. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    The learner:
  • Is expected to perform the specific outcomes reflected in this unit standard without direct supervision.
  • Should have access to work site procedures.
  • Should demonstrate an application of ethics and values.
  • Must apply basic principles of general safety and customer care.
  • Should demonstrate an awareness of the expectations and obligations of basic employee/employer relations including industrial relations principles.

    At this level the communication/reporting of issues arising in the workplace, is embedded in the specific outcomes and the related assessment criteria.

    It is understood that, due to the nature of the work environment and the skills level of the Learner, that the aspects of teamwork form an integral part of the necessary specific outcomes and related assessment criteria.

    The points included under the notes, should be included when the qualifying Learners are being assessed. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49668   General Education and Training Certificate: Horticulture  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    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. AGRI IQ SA (Pty) Ltd 
    2. Amaloba Horticultural Services 
    3. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    4. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    5. College of Sustainable Agriculture 
    6. Exodus Agri Academy Pty Ltd 
    7. Green Futures 
    8. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    9. K2011145379(South Africa) (Pty) Ltd 
    10. Kara Heritage Institute 
    11. Kgopane Trading Enterprise 
    12. Kimbali Holdings 
    13. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    14. Maishamalema Development Training 
    15. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    16. Medu Skills Consultants 
    17. Nkangala Public FET College - Central Office 
    18. Nophelo Training Centre 
    19. Progressive Environmental Projects 
    20. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    21. Seza Bantu Rural Agricultural Projects 
    22. Thutopele Skills Institute 
    23. TP Business Management (Pty) Ltd 
    24. Voyano Project Management 
    25. Waterberg FET College - Central Office 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.