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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Determine the amount of particulate matter in water using a turbidimeter 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259605  Determine the amount of particulate matter in water using a turbidimeter 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Occupational Health and Safety 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Preventive Health 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 will be useful to people who are responsible for determining the amount of particulate matter in water by means of a Turbidimeter.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Describe requirements pertaining to measuring the amount of particulate matter in water.
  • Prepare to measure the amount of particulate matter.
  • Measure the amount of particulate matter.
  • Perform post-measuring activities. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication and mathematical literacy at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe requirements pertaining to measuring the amount of particulate matter in water. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The limits of allowable particulate matter concentration in water are described in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effects of particulate matter on the health of persons are explained using examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of analysing samples is explained for health and safety purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Methods to liberate particulate matter from water to the general atmosphere are explained in terms of when and how they should be used. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to measure the amount of particulate matter in water. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required personal protective equipment is examined, available, operational, fit for purpose, and used in accordance with its design and specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of examining and using the equipment is explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The apparatus is examined, calibrated and the operational procedure conducted in accordance with legal and site-specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of examining the apparatus and following the relevant procedure is explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The workplace is examined and all hazards and risks pertaining to health and safety are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The importance of examining and dealing with hazards and risks are explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The preparation work is performed in a manner that fosters teamwork and avoids conflict. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Measure the amount of particulate matter in the water. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A sample is prepared in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The sample is analysed for particulate matter content. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Data are assessed to determine relevance for recoding purposes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform post-measuring activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment is examined in order to determine its working condition and any defects are recorded and reported according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The sample residue is handled in line with specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Handled includes but is not limited to disposal and storage of samples.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reports are compiled for dissemination and other relevant purposes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Compilation and dissemination must take place in line with statutory and organisational requirements.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • 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 
    Solve problems.

    Note: The ability of the learner to identify hazards and risks in the workplace and assessment of the sample for dilution contributes to his/her problem solving ability. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group/organisation/community.

    Note: The ability and willingness of the learner to accept and interpret work instructions correctly and to delegate work instructions, when and if required, in an appropriate manner indicates that he/she can work effectively as a team member in the bigger organisational structure. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The identification of abnormal conditions, the recording thereof and taking appropriate action will indicate that the learner can organise and manage activities in his/her working environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note: The ability of the learner to reconcile the information received from co-workers with actual facts will indicate proficiency in collecting, organising and critically evaluating information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations.

    Note: The ability of the learner to use visual, mathematics and language skills in the assessing of the water samples will indicate his/her effectiveness to communicate information. 

    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 
    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Relevant current legislation, regulations and directives pertaining to mining and occupational health and safety.
  • Managerial instructions.
  • Codes of Practice.
  • Company Standards.
  • Standard Task Procedures.
  • Health Management Programme.
  • Risk Assessment Documentation.
  • Working Guides.
  • Manufacturers' specifications. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  74269   National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-07-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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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