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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate a tissue conversion process 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246609  Operate a tissue conversion process 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Pulp and Paper 
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 4  NQF Level 04  10 
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 intended for a person who has to start up and adjust process and product deviations from normal in a tissue conversion operation.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Establish conditions for start-up.
  • Start up the conversion operation.
  • Achieve and maintain normal operating conditions.
  • Adjust abnormal process operating conditions.

    This will ensure that the operation of a tissue conversion process is performed in accordance with safe and accepted work practices. This competence will enhance the learner's employability and career options in all occupations where knowledge of operating a conversion line is needed. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Description of required skills:
  • Communication and mathematical literacy, at NQF Level 3.

    Persons attempting this unit standard are required to read, understand and interpret textbooks of a technical nature. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The context of this unit standard includes a complete tissue conversion process including final packing operations if in-line packaging is performed. Processes included are diaper conversion, femcare product conversion, roll tissue conversion and cut tissue conversion.

    The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because the process requires a wide range of technical skills and offers a considerable choice of procedures. A broad knowledge base incorporating some theoretical concepts, analytical interpretation of information, informed judgement and a range of sometime innovative responses to concrete but often unfamiliar problems are employed. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Establish conditions for start-up. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety, health and environmental requirements are identified and explained as stipulated in the standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reasons for sequence and timing in start-up and the consequences of not adhering to these are explained in accordance with accepted workplace practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reasons for operating the process according to specified tolerances are described in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Legitimacy of instruction for start-up is confirmed according to administrative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Tasks are delegated to relevant/applicable staff to enable initiation of start-up plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Preparation of equipment as performed by staff is verified by reviewing completed documentation with the relevant configuration control procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Plant preparation progress is monitored to verify compliance with the planned schedule. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Start-up the conversion operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The prescribed start-up sequence is implemented in accordance with the specific type of process and the prevailing conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Start-up conditions are monitored and recorded according to relevant operating procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Non conformities in the start-up process are responded to in accordance with standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Operating procedures may include:
  • Standard operating instructions.
  • Instructions.
  • Orders.
  • Guidelines.
  • Policies.
  • Procedures.
  • Systems.

    Safety, health and environmental requirements are:
  • As prescribed in the standard operating procedures.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Start-up is monitored to verify compliance with the planned schedule. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Completed documentation is processed according to administrative requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Achieve and maintain normal operating conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Process capability and/or efficiency is assured by optimising relevant start-up parameters according to operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Compliance with safety, health and environmental requirements is monitored according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Wastage is minimised in accordance with workplace instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Operating conditions are monitored and recorded according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Monitoring may include:
  • Shift logs.
  • Centreline.
  • Good run settings.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Productivity, safety and quality are monitored and recorded according to standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Adjust and record abnormal process operating conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Potential hazards during process operation and action to be taken are identified and explained as applicable to own workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Out of normal conditions are identified, recorded, reported and analysed according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Consequences of failing to take appropriate action are described according to requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Corrective action is taken in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Appropriate responses to alarm conditions are explained and taken in accordance with workplace safety procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Possible impact of abnormalities on other areas is identified and reported to the relevant person. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Abnormalities may include:
  • Equipment malfunction.
  • Off-specification product.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 4 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Only an assessor with at least three years experience in tissue conversion operations will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an Assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner understands and can:
  • Establish conditions for start-up.
  • Start up the conversion operation.
  • Achieve and maintain normal operating conditions.
  • Adjust abnormal process operating conditions. 

  • 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 display that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Understanding the reasons and timing for a start-up sequence and the consequences of not adhering to these.
  • Responding to non-conformities in the start-up process in accordance with standard operating procedure.
  • Identifying potential hazards and out of normal conditions during process operation and taking appropriate corrective action in accordance with standard operating procedures.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome(s):
  • Establish conditions for start-up.
  • Start-up the conversion operation.
  • Adjust and record abnormal process operating conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
  • Interacting with others to achieve consistent outcomes.
  • Delegating tasks to relevant/applicable staff to enable initiation of start-up plan.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome(s):
  • Establish conditions for start-up.
  • Adjust and record abnormal process operating conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Performing start-up of the conversion operation in accordance with standard operating procedures.
  • Establishing conditions for start-up of the process.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome(s):
  • Establish conditions for start-up.
  • Start-up the conversion operation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when:
  • Adhering to prescribed health, safety and environmental protection instructions and measures at all times.
  • Achieving and maintaining normal operating conditions.
  • Identifying, recording, reporting and analysing out of normal conditions.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome(s):
  • Establish conditions for start-up.
  • Achieve and maintain normal operating conditions.
  • Adjust and record abnormal process operating conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
  • Reading and interpreting workplace instructions.
  • Completing relevant workplace administration and documentation.
  • Communicating effectively while delegating tasks during start-up and while reporting the impact of abnormalities to relevant staff.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Understanding the importance of correct machine set-ups under a range of different conditions.
  • Starting up the process in accordance with standard operating procedures.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome(s):
  • Establish conditions for start-up.
  • Start-up the conversion operation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by rrecognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation by:
  • Adhering to health, safety and environmental protection instructions and measures at all times.
  • Explaining the purpose of the process as well as the relationship to the supplier and customer's process/requirements.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large by:
  • Understanding the role of correct start-up of the process in a tissue conversion operation and the effect it has on the growth and development of the organisation, its customers and employees.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • 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 
    Application:

    This unit standard may also find application within:
  • NSB 01: Agriculture and Nature Conservation.
  • Other fields within NSB 06: Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology.

    Supplementary Information:

    Terms and definitions:
  • Standard operating procedures: The documented practice(s) defining the who, what, and when of quality activities. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59037   Further Education and Training Certificate: Tissue Conversion  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 


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