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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Sample and evaluate a mixture of coal dust and stone dust 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259658  Sample and evaluate a mixture of coal dust and stone dust 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
115103  Sample and evaluate a mixture of coal dust and stone dust  Level 2  NQF Level 02   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard is able to perform all the actions and safety precautions necessary to perform the processes and procedures in order to collect and evaluate coal dust and stone dust mixtures.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the specified requirements pertaining to the sampling of a mixture of coal dust and stone dust.
  • Preparing to sample coal dust and stone dust.
  • Collecting coal dust and stone dust samples.
  • Evaluating coal dust and stone dust samples.
  • Performing post-inspection activities. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the specified requirements pertaining to the sampling of a mixture of coal dust and stone dust. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation of the principles of coal dust and stone dust is given in terms of scientific data requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation of the importance of sampling and evaluating coal and stone dust is given in terms of ensuring a healthy environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The methods of sampling a mixture of coal dist and stone dust are explained in terms of health and safety and standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An explanation of the importance of adhering to a scheduled sampling programme is given in terms of the consequences to health, safety and the environment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to sample coal dust and stone dust. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation of the site selection process is given in accordance with the scheduled sampling programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The required personal protective equipment (PPE) is selected, operational, fit for purpose and used in accordance with its design and standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of examining and using the correct equipment to carry out sampling is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Appropriate sampling tools and equipment are selected in order to meet sampling requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Arrangements to enter the workplace are made in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The risks of entering the workplace without authorisation are explained in terms of its impact on health, safety and operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The sampling site is examined and hazards and risks are dealt with in terms of their effect on health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    An explanation is given of the importance of examining the workplace and dealing with hazards and risks in terms of the possible consequences to health and safety. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Collect coal dust and stone dust samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Sampling locations for coal and stone dust mixture collection are identified according to specific sampling requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Coal and stone dust mixture samples are taken according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of the importance of taking coal and stone dust samples in the prescribed manner in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The relevant data of the sample are recorded according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The consequences of failing to record and report sample data results are explained in terms of its impact on health, safety and operations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Evaluate coal dust and stone dust samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools and equipment to evaluate coal dust and stone dust are identified and their use explained according to manufacturers specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Coal dust and stone dust mixtures are assessed according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The immediate vicinity of the sample area is continuously assessed for hazards and risks pertaining to health and safety. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Perform post-inspection activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Coal dust and stone dust samples are dealt with in accordance with legal prescripts and standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sampling tools and equipment are cleaned and stored in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Defective/broken tools and equipment are dealt with according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences of failing to deal with defective/broken equipment are explained in terms of its impact on health, safety and operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reports are completed and disseminated in accordance with standard operating procedures and statutory requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Types of detection and measurement methodologies for gathering coal dust and stone dust data.
  • Limitations of various detection and measuring methodologies.
  • Actions to be taken when the mixture of coal dust and stone dust exceeds legal levels.
  • Conditions, environmental factors and limitations that can influence sample readings. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems pertaining to the test equipment, worksite risks and hazards identified and defective/broken equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when entering a workplace to conduct a sampling exercise of coal and stone dust mixture. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities in terms of the worksite requirements for conducting of a sampling exercise for coal and stone dust mixture. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when preparing for and during the sampling of coal dust and stone dust mixtures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when generating and disseminating coal dust and stone dust mixtures reports. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where the failure to carry out the sampling process safely or the use of faulty equipment can have a negative impact on health, safety and operations. 

    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 115103, "Sample and evaluate a mixture of coal dust and stone dust", Level 2, 3 credits. 

    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 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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