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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Work in confined spaces on construction sites 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
15034  Work in confined spaces on construction sites 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
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 
Learners who are assessed as competent against this unit standard will be able to identify the hazard of confined spaces and the precautions required for the safety of the workers and public.

This unit standard underpins the Elective Learning.

It contributes to the development of a professional community of Construction workers. The contribution to The National Skills Development Strategy is the key development interface between learners and new competencies to be achieved.

Its contribution to socio-economic transformation is that learners would be able to undergo RPL-assessment and thereby received recognition for previous learning and experience. The employability and career prospects of learners can therefore be enhanced by the qualification. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
ABET Level 4 Literacy
ABET Level 3 Numeracy 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The typical scope of this unit standard is:
  • Trenches
  • Manholes
  • Chambers
  • Tunnels
  • Ducts
  • Below water tables
  • Depressions
  • Basements 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify the hazards of working in confined spaces. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Hazards relative to gasses are idenfied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Hazards relative to water are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Hazards relative to fire are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Hazards relative to soil types and conditions are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Hazards relative to installation processes of material and plant are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Hazards relative to the operation of plant and equipment are identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify appropriate protective clothing or equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Protective clothing or equipment is identified for the various tapes of hazards encountered in confined spaces. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The proper use of protective clothing or equipment is demonstrated for the various hazards situations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify training requirements for unskilled workers working in confined spaces & train the workers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Training programmes to sensitize unskilled workers to the dangers of working in confined spaces are prepared or secured. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Unskilled workers are trained in order to sensitize them to the dangers of working in confined spaces and the need for appropriate action. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Plan and Implement emergency procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Resources are identified to handle an emergency. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. A plan of action is prepared for emergency and implementation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Explain the relevant Occupational Health and safety regulations. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Explain the relevant Occupational Health and safety regulations pertaining to working in confined areas 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The application of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (no 85 of 1993) relative to working in confined spaces is explained 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Measures required in respect of the legislation are identified and applied 


    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 CETA-ETQA for "The National Certificate in the Management of Construction Processes - Water and Waste water".
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the CETA-ETQA.
  • CETA-ETQA or other ETQA`s who have Memorandum of Understanding in place with CETA-ETQA, would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The leaner can understand and explain:
  • Hazards associated with working in confined areas.
  • Protective clothing and their use in confined areas.
  • The relevant Occupational Health and Safety requirements for working in confined areas.
  • Training requirements to sensitize unskilled workers and train them on how to work in confined areas.
  • Elements to include in an emergency action plan as well as the required resources. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems, relating to the following outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Specific outcome:
    Identify the hazards of working in confined space.

    Assessment criteria:
    Various hazards are explained. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others, relating to the following outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Specific outcome:
    Identify the training requirements of unskilled workers working in confined space.

    Assessment criteria:
    Implementing training programmes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management, relating to the following outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Specific outcome:
    Explain the relevant occupational health and safety regulations pertaining to working in a confined space.

    Assessment criteria:
    The application of the act is explained. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information, relating to the following outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Specific outcome:
    Identify appropriate protective clothing or equipment.

    Assessment criteria:
    The proper use of the protective clothing or equipment is demonstrated. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, relating to the following outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Specific outcome:
    Identify the training requirements of unskilled workers working in confined spaces and train the workers.

    Assessment criteria:
    Implementing training programmes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence, relating to the following outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Specific outcome:
    Identify the hazards of working in confined space.

    Assessment criteria:
    Various hazards are explained. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand contextual world systems, relating to the following outcomes and assessment criteria:

    Specific outcome:
    Plan and implement emergency procedures.

    Assessment criteria:
    A plan of action is prepared for emergency and implemented. 

    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  24133   National Certificate: Construction: Roadworks  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  77063   National Certificate: Construction Health and Safety  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  49080   National Certificate: Construction: Advanced Crane Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  49081   National Certificate: Construction: Advanced Plant Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  49012   National Certificate: Construction: Concrete Reinforcing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-05-13  Was CETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  24173   National Certificate: Construction: Roadworks  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  65709   National Certificate: Construction: Steelwork  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  23673   National Certificate: Supervision of Civil Engineering Construction Processes: Water and Waste Water  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2004-06-09  Was CETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  49411   General Education and Training Certificate: Construction  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  49410   National Certificate: Construction  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  49016   National Certificate: Construction: Concreting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  49015   National Certificate: Construction: Structural Steel Erecting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-05-13  Was CETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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.
     
    1. Abakholwe Community Developers (Pty) Ltd 
    2. Abasizi Contractor Development Services Pty Ltd 
    3. Academy for Construction Skills (Pty) Ltd (ACS) 
    4. Africa Training Centre 
    5. AFRICAN ACAD.FOR COM.ASSIS.ENGINEERING 
    6. Agisanang SA Training 
    7. Amagema Development and Social Consultants 
    8. Amber Tower Training 
    9. Amokoro Training (PTY) Ltd 
    10. Arehone Consulting 
    11. Artisan Development Academy 
    12. Aveng Grinaker -LTA Civil Engineering 
    13. AVUXENI COMPUTER ACADEMY KZN 
    14. BH Training and Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    15. Blacken Security Services 
    16. Bokgoni Training And Development 
    17. BOLAND COLLEGE (Paarl) 
    18. Border Kei Training Trust 
    19. Builders Training Centre 
    20. Buna Construction And Projects 
    21. Certified Training Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    22. CLEAN HEAT ENERGY SAVING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    23. Construction Resource Development College 
    24. CSTA Training Academy 
    25. D and E Services Pty Ltd 
    26. DAMBUZA COMMUNITY TRUST 
    27. Dego Consultants 
    28. DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES BRANDVLEI TRAINING CENTRE 
    29. Dreyer and Dreyer Risk Solutions 
    30. Dynalift CC 
    31. Eastcape Training Centre 
    32. Edu-Wise Group (Pty) Ltd 
    33. EDUCATORY ELECTRO SERVICES 
    34. Edzani Community Development and Consultancy 
    35. EFS Skilled Labour Training (BRITS) (TP) 
    36. Elite Operator and Skills Training 
    37. Emthonjeni Wolwazi Trading 
    38. Ergo-Maphelong Institute 
    39. ESS HOLDINGS (PTY) Ltd 
    40. ETS Emergency Training Solutions (PTY) LTD 
    41. Forek Institute of Technology 
    42. Goldfields FET College 
    43. HIGHVELD BOTTLING (Legacy) 
    44. Hlumanathi Trading PTY LTD 
    45. Ifodo Skills Enterprise (Pty) Ltd 
    46. IMBAWULA CIVIL ENGINEERING ACADEMY 
    47. In Touch Community Development & Project Managers 
    48. IQHAYIYA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Legacy) 
    49. Itemba Development Consultants 
    50. IZWE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    51. Jefferson Skills Academy 
    52. Josmap Training Institute 
    53. Lamus Training Academy Pty Ltd 
    54. LANDAMXO (PTY) LTD 
    55. Laydena (PTY) LTD 
    56. Leps Training Consultants 
    57. Lerumo La Setshaba 
    58. LICENCE WISE TRAINING SPECIALISTS 
    59. M Tech Training Consultants 
    60. Macsen Construction & Projects 
    61. Mahish 
    62. Mahumani Empowerment Servives Centre 
    63. Majoncor Projects and Training Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    64. Mangaung Artisan Developers and Projects 
    65. Masana Social Consultants cc 
    66. Masima Training Sa Cc 
    67. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP) 
    68. Mavco Engineering 
    69. Microzone Training CC 
    70. Mohlaje Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    71. Montana Skills Development Agency 
    72. Mopani South East FET College - Central Office 
    73. Mpilende Training and Technology Solutions 
    74. Mthoms Trading 
    75. MTL Training and Projects 
    76. MZANTSI TRUCK & BUS (Uitenhage) 
    77. New Hope Revival Organisation NPC 
    78. Nirvana Training Academy (PTY) LTD 
    79. Nkqubela Community Developers 
    80. No Limits Trading Enterprise 
    81. Nokuthula Dube & Associates 
    82. NOLOSHA 
    83. Nomagwanishe Investments cc 
    84. NOMAKU TRADERS CC 
    85. NOMASOJABULA TRAINING CENTRE 
    86. Northern Cape Rural TVET College 
    87. NSINGWENI CONSULTING (PTY) LTD 
    88. Nsukay Trading and Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    89. Ntongenhle Construction Force 
    90. Othandweni Training Centre 
    91. P.MAB MANAGERS AND PROJECTS (PTY) LTD 
    92. Pat Sesfikile Trading CC 
    93. PMA Holdings (PTY ) LTD. 
    94. POINT COACH WORKS T/A SUPERTECHNIK (Durban) 
    95. Powerpro Technologies and Training Facility (PTY) LTD 
    96. Protech Training (Pty) Ltd 
    97. Qualfurn Training & Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    98. Raubex Construction Pty (Ltd) 
    99. Realeboga Training Provider 
    100. Regen Technical Institute Pty Ltd 
    101. Sakhisizwe Development Training 
    102. SCU Training Providers Sheq Consultants 
    103. Sejamo Construction and Training 
    104. Sekhukhune District Municipality EMS Training Academy 
    105. Shem Consulting & Training (PTY) LTD 
    106. Sinethemba Visiwe PTY LTD 
    107. Sithemba Construction 
    108. South African Value Education (Pty) Ltd 
    109. Sphola Consulting CC 
    110. STEP AHEAD BUSINESS TRAINING 
    111. STEVENEL TRAINING CONSTRUCTION AND CIVIL 
    112. The Skills Matrix cc 
    113. Thela Developments 
    114. Tius Consultants 
    115. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 
    116. Tommy Phiri Labour Relations and Training Services 
    117. TOP PERFORMERS FOR AFRICA CC 
    118. Topfix Scaffolding (Pty) Ltd 
    119. Tovani Traiding 299 
    120. Training Force (Pty) Ltd 
    121. TRANSVAAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION 
    122. Transvaal Training 
    123. Transvaal Training Mpumalanga 
    124. TSEBO SECHABA CONSULTING 
    125. TSK Projects 
    126. Ubucubu Home Industries 
    127. UNIQUE SOLUTIONS/EAGLES GUESTHOUSE 
    128. UTHUNGULU HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT 
    129. WHSE Training College 
    130. Zibuyile Consulting and Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    131. Zwartkop Training Centre 



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