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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Measure compressed air and/or water pressure using a hand held pressure gauge 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259640  Measure compressed air and/or water pressure using a hand held pressure gauge 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Occupational Health and Safety 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 reflects the skills, values and knowledge required by people in the field of Occupational, Health and Safety who are responsible for measuring compressed air and/or water pressure in a workplace by means of a hand held pressure gauge.

Qualifying learners can measure compressed air and/or water pressure.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge to measure compressed air and/or water pressure.
  • Prepare to measure.
  • Measure compressed air and/or water pressure.
  • Perform post-measuring activities. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge to measure compressed air and/or water pressure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The method for the measuring compressed air and water pressure in a working place is explained in terms of manufacturer's specifications and workplace requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effects of abnormal pressures are explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health, safety and productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The principle of operation, the range of the gauges and precautions regarding handling and storage are explained in terms of legal and manufacturer's requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The measuring positions and the application of the gauges are explained in terms of legal, manufacturer's specifications and site-specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Gauge pressure, absolute pressure and vacuum pressure are explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to measure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Permission to enter the working place is obtained in accordance with site-specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The location where a compressed air and/or water pressure measurement is required is selected in accordance with measurement specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Possible risk and influence on accurate compressed air and/or water pressure measurement at the selected location is identified and dealt with in terms of measurement specifications and workplace conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The required personal protective equipment is used in accordance with its design and specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Use includes the checking of availability, examination, in working order, fit for purpose.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The pressure measurement instrument is used in accordance with manufacturer's specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Use includes examination, dealing with defects, handled and transported.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Measure compressed air and/or water Pressure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pressure measurements are taken in accordance with legal and site-specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The recording of the data is according to worksite requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The measured pressure is compared with the specified standard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Abnormal pressures are dealt with in accordance with legal and site-specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Work related hazards and associated risks pertaining to occupational health and safety are identified and dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform post-measuring activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The selected pressure measurement instrument is cleaned and stored in accordance with manufacturer's specifications and site-specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Defective pressure measurement instruments is reported and dealt with in accordance with worksite specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reports are completed and submitted in accordance with legal and site-specific 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.
  • Moderation must include both internal and. external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • 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 
    The following embedded knowledge will be assessed in an integrated way in the context of the unit standard:

    Knowledge relating to measuring compressed air and water pressure:
  • Method for the measuring of compressed air and water pressure.
  • Effects of abnormal pressures.
  • Principle of operation, the range of the gauges and precautions regarding.
  • Measuring positions and the application of the gauges.
  • Gauge pressure, absolute pressure and vacuum pressure.

    Critical factors relating to measuring compressed air and water pressure:
  • Legal and site-specific requirements.
  • Risk Assessment procedures and actions.
  • Identifying principal components of instruments and equipment and explaining their specifications and functions.
  • Communication and reporting requirements.

    Processes and events relating to measuring compressed air and water pressure:
  • Principles of the process.
  • Preparation.
  • Monitor and control.
  • Operating parameters and control methods.

    Causes and effects (Occupational safety and health):
  • Use of personal protective equipment.
  • Use of instruments and equipment.
  • Workplace hazards and associated risks.
  • Housekeeping.

    Procedures and techniques relating to measuring compressed air and water pressures:
  • Methods of collecting, analysing, organising, summarising and presenting data.
  • Fault finding and corrective techniques.
  • Handling procedure and controls.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies and standards:
  • Safety, health and environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Quality policies, standards and agreements. 

  • 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 correctly select the measuring position and dealing with conditions that may influence the readings contributes to his/her problem solving skills. 

  • 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, interpret and delegate work instructions correctly, during the measuring process, 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 conditions that may influence the readings and taking of appropriate action will indicate that the learner can organise and manage activities in his/her working environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and evaluate information.
  • Note: The ability of the learner to select the correct pressure measuring equipment and evaluate results will indicate proficiency in collecting, organising and 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 and language skills when measuring pressures will indicate his/her effectiveness to communicate information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically. (Showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others).
  • Note: The ability of the learner to interpret and process measured data indicates that he/she is able to use science and technology. 

  • 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 
    Terminology:

    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Relevant current legislation, regulations and directives pertaining to mining and occupational health and safety.

    Site- Specific:
  • Managerial instructions.
  • Codes of Practice.
  • Company Standards.
  • Standard Task Procedures.
  • Health Management Programme.
  • Risk Assessment Documentation.
  • Working Guides.
  • Manufacturers' specification. 

  • 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 
    Elective  90656   National Certificate: Mine Ventilation  Not Applicable  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


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