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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply water management in poultry processing 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119425  Apply water management in poultry processing 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
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 
To create an awareness of the water requirements of an abattoir, the various uses of water in processing and the conservation practices that should be followed. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
N/A 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
N/A 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Understand the need for clean potable water in the abattoir. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The term potable water is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Clean to the eye, no sediment, free from micro-organisms.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The possible consequences of using non potable water are described. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Sediment in machinery, transmit E.colii typhoid and other water borne diseases to the meat.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Show an understanding of the uses of hot and cold water in an abattoir. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The areas where cold water is used in an abattoir are identified. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Supply machines, wash and rinse meat, ablutions.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The areas where hot water is used in an abattoir are listed. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Ablutions, hand basins, equipment washing.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Understand the reasons for chlorinating water for select areas in the abattoir. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The reasons why chlorine is added to select washing water in the processing are detailed. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Used in washing the carcass, chlorine kills all micro-organisms, has no effect on meat quality.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The areas where the water is chlorinated are listed. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Pre-evisceration wash, final carcass wash, spin chilling.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Demonstrate an understanding of the objectives of water conservation and the ways of achieving these. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The aims of water conservation in the abattoir and the impact that water wastage has on the cost of production, are described. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Efficient water usage, minimize wastage, high cost of water, high cost of effluent.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The simple ways in which water savings can be made, are identified. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Close taps properly, don't leave taps open unnecessarily, report leaking taps or valves, do not overfill containers.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Describe the function of the open drains in the abattoir and the maintenance that is required. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The role of the open drains in the processing areas is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Allows drainage of waste water, floors slope from work areas to drains.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The direction of flow in the drains and the reason for the direction is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
From low risk to high-risk areas, minimize contamination, dirty water flows to "dirty" area.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The routine maintenance checks that should be carried out, are detailed. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Remove solids from drains, clean drain grids regularly, report any blockages.
 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor 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.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established principles. Practical assessment activities will be used, which are appropriate to the contents in which qualifying learners are working. These activities will include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge be assessed. The specific outcomes must be assessed in its own right, through oral and practical evidence. It cannot be assessed by observation only.

    The specific outcomes and essential knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge, but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, then they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a learner is able to perform specific outcomes, but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found, both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected in the Assessment Criteria for each Specific Outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities.
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving: Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been mad.

    Refer to specific outcomes:
  • Understand the need for clean potable water in the abattoir.
  • Understand the reasons for chlorinating water for select areas in the abattoir. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self organization and management: Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation: Collect, analyze, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Refer to specific outcomes:
  • Understand the need for clean potable water in the abattoir.
  • Show an understanding of the uses of hot and cold water in an abattoir.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the objectives of water conservation and the ways of achieving these.
  • Describe the function of the open drains in the abattoir and the maintenance that is required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Science and Technology: Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Refer to specific outcomes:
  • Show an understanding of the uses of hot and cold water in an abattoir.
  • Understand the reasons for chlorinating water for select areas in the abattoir.
  • Describe the function of the open drains in the abattoir and the maintenance that is required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems: Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Refer to specific outcomes:
  • Understand the need for clean potable water in the abattoir.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the objectives of water conservation and the ways of achieving these.
  • Describe the function of the open drains in the abattoir and the maintenance that is required. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49583   General Education and Training Certificate: Poultry Processing  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.