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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Preparing and cleaning human remains for storage 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14184  Preparing and cleaning human remains for storage 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Funeral Services 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Personal Care 
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 
This unit standard forms part of the Qualification, National Certificate in Funeral Services Practice and is registered at Level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework. Learners working towards this standard will be learning towards the full qualification, or will be involved in or working within a funeral services environment, specialising in Embalming, Marketing and Merchandising or Disaster Management, where the acquisition of competence against this standard will add value to each individual and the Funeral Industry as a whole.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Cleaning the human remains physically for storage purposes
  • Sealing and plugging of orifices 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competency in:
  • Numeracy at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • English, verbal and written communication at NQF Level 2 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Range statements which are applicable to the unit standard titles, specific outcomes and assessment criteria are found beneath the applicable assessment criteria.
    The following range statements are general to the qualification:
  • Orifices will include eyes, mouth, nose, ears, throat, and anus 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Clean the human remains physically for storage purposes 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Personal effects and clothing are removed from the human remains according to cultural values and norms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Medical supplies and equipment are removed from the human remains. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Medical equipment will include needles, ET Tubes, IV Jellos, electrodes, Naso gastric tubes and urine catheters, casts and braces.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Human remains are washed to remove extrinsic foreign matter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Human remains are disinfected according to established procedures and accredited chemicals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Protective clothing and equipment is worn at all times whilst working with human remains and in a mortuary. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Protective clothing and equipment will include safety goggles, mask, protective gown, apron, gloves and water repellent boots.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Problem areas are reported to a senior member of staff as soon as possible. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Seal and plug orifices 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Eyes are closed permanently. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Mouth is closed permanently. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sealing the mouth and eyes will include any procedures that keeps the mouth and eyes closed permanently.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Ears, nose and throat are plugged and sealed to prevent fluid leaking out. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Body fluids are not leaking from orifices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Health and hygiene practices, measures and procedures are adhered to before, during and after sealing and plugging. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers offering learning towards this standard will be accredited and assessors registered by the relevant Education Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA) 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A comprehensive understanding of methods and techniques for preparing and cleaning human remains for storage purposes
  • An in depth understanding of techniques for sealing and plugging of orifices
  • A broad understanding of methods and techniques for preparing human remains for storage
  • A broad understanding of health and safety practises and requirements
  • A broad understanding of cultural and religious requirements and beliefs 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems relating to the preparation and cleaning of human remains for storage 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and one`s activities maintaining health, hygiene and safety procedures throughout the process 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information pertaining to the storage of the human remains 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with higher authority when problems are encountered during the preparing and cleaning of human remains for storage 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems in that the storage of human remains impacts on the quality of service provided to the customer 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    In order to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, it must be the intention underlying any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of: being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts. 

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

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  21787   National Certificate: Funeral Services Practice  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 


    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.
     
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    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.