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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Mines Health and Safety Act, 29, of 1996 and its application 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242682  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Mines Health and Safety Act, 29, of 1996 and its application 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Insurance and Investment 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Finance, Economics and Accounting 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
14993  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Mines Health and Safety Act, (Act 29 of 1996) and its application  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is intended for learners in the insurance organisations who advise on insurance for mining operations, Risk Managers, Managers on mines and learners who advise on operational risk on mines.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the legislation regulating Health and Safety in a mining environment.
  • Explaining the collective bargaining process required by the Act.
  • Describing how the Act is applied to different mining operations.
  • Applying the risk management process as required by the Act.
  • Explaining the regulations relating to mining closure. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at Level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this Unit Standard is:
  • SABS codes of practice.
  • National Environmental Conservation Act.
  • Transportation of Hazardous Substances Act.
  • Hazardous Materials Legislation.
  • Nuclear legislation.
  • Areas of non-compliance include, but are not limited to records, monitoring, appointments, activities, functions, compliance and reporting. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the legislation regulating Health and Safety in a mining environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of the Act is explained with reference to the need to regulate the mining industry and the role of the regulations in supporting the Act with reference to the different topics covered in the regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) codes and other legislation that apply to mining are named and an indication is given of the locations or areas of operation in the mines where each is applicable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role of the inspector of mines is explained with reference to the duties and powers of inspectors. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the collective bargaining process required by the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relationship between Government, Unions and Mine Management is described with reference to regulations in the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The process to be followed by mine management in negotiating Health and Safety agreements with labour is explained and an indication is given of the consequences for all parties in the event of non-compliance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The need for the healthcare requirements of the Act are explained in terms of the collective bargaining requirement. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe how the Act is applied to different mining operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The basic principles of mining are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The concept of surface mining is explained with reference to quarrying and open cast mines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The concept of underground mining is explained with reference to fiery and non-fiery mines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Operations on a mine are classified in terms of surface and underground works and an indication is given of legislation that applies to each type of operation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply the risk management process as required by the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Potential hazards in the workplace are surveyed and safety, health and hygiene risks are identified and evaluated in terms of probability and severity of impact on the mining operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Records required by the Act are named and an indication is given of why each is necessary and the regulatory retention period. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appointments specified in the Act are identified and explained in terms of the functions of each. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The concepts of perils, hazards and exposure are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A report on the existing situation in a mining operation is compiled and recommendations are made to address areas of non-compliance. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Explain the regulations relating to mine closure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements of the Act are analysed and a policy is developed to manage mine closure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A plan to rehabilitate surface and workings areas is compiled with reference to safety, health, environs and the surroundings of the mine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    On going support functions after closure are named and an indication is given of the consequences if these are monitored regularly. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a candidate against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists 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 or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses show that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made in conducting a risk assessment and recommending ways to address areas of non-compliance. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team in conducting a risk assessment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage him/herself and his/her activities responsibly and effectively in evaluating the probability and severity of risk and analysing areas of non-compliance. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information in completing a risk assessment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively in explaining requirements of the Act and drafting reports and plans. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by planning the rehabilitation of the mine after closure and the consequences if ongoing support functions are not monitored regularly. 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 14993, which is "Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Mines Health and Safety Act, (Act 29 of 1996) and its application", level 4, 4 credits.

    Search words: occupational health and safety, risk management. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  57613   Further Education and Training Certificate: Short-Term Risk Management  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  INSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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