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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Strip and seal hard and resilient floors using a water-based sealing product 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
110476  Strip and seal hard and resilient floors using a water-based sealing product 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Hygiene & Cleaning Services 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Cleaning, Domestic, Hiring, Property and Rescue Services 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
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 working towards this standard will be learning towards the full qualification, or will be involved in or working within a cleaning services environment. Qualifying learners are able to strip and seal hard and resilient floors in a commercial, industrial, pharmaceutical, food handling, domestic and health care cleaning environment. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
The learner has the speaking and listening ability equal to an NQF Level 1 standard and/or any other communication skill that will enable him/her to confirm the knowledge and skills required by this unit standard.
The learner will have completed the following unit standards:
  • Identify surfaces and soilage and cleaning procedures (No. 12515)
  • Use chemicals in cleaning procedures (No. 12517)
  • Vacuum clean wet surfaces
  • Basic Safety - SHE 1
  • Buff, burnish and scrub hard and resilient floors (No. 12533).
  • Operate scrubbing/buffing and burnishing machine (No. 12524)
  • Wet mop floors (No. 12521).
  • Sweep floors (No. 12527). 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    1. The scope of this unit standard is for any person who strips and seals hard and resilient floor surfaces using water-based sealing products.
    2. Hard floors in the context of this unit standard refer to but are not limited to concrete, terrazzo, terracotta, quarry tiles, slate, granite, marble and wood.
    3. Resilient floors in the context of this unit standard includes, but is not limited to, vinyl, cushioned vinyl, asphalt, linoleum and profiled rubber.
    4. The level and complexity assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because the process is limited in range, but requires critical thinking, problem solving ability, and an ability to work with others as a member of a team. The responsibility level is higher than level 1 as it includes the coordination of machines and people.

    Range statements which refer to assessment criteria in this unit standard

    1. Cleaning machinery refers to slow speed single disc scrubbing machines and wet and dry vacuum cleaners.
    2. Cleaning equipment refers to, but is not limited to buckets and wringers, mops, scrapers, abrasive stripping pads, edge cleaning tool and dust sweeping tools and cloths.
    3. Chemicals refer to but are not limited to dry strip sprays, stripping chemicals, and water-based sealing products.
    4. Manual stripping tools refer to scrapers, edge cleaning tools and abrasive stripping pads.
    5. Stripping pads refer to black, brown and blue abrasive floor cleaning pads.
    6. Sealing products refer to water-based emulsion polishes and sealing products.
    7. Sealing equipment includes but is not limited to mops, applicators, waxing tools, buckets and drip trays.
    8. Floor drying equipment refers to an electrical fan. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare to strip floors. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Selects the correct personal clothing and protective equipment*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Explains the importance of choosing the correct personal clothing and protective equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Removes moveable furniture and equipment from the area to be stripped*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Explains why moveable furniture and equipment must be removed from the area to be stripped. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Sweeps the area to be stripped to remove dry soil and litter*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Explains why the area to be stripped must be swept. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Correctly places wet floor safety warning signs and, if applicable, cordons off the demarcated area*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Explains why wet floor safety warning signs must be correctly placed, and why areas may have to be cordoned off. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Manually strip areas inaccessible to cleaning machinery. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Gives examples of inaccessible areas. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Explains why manual stripping (also referred to as detailed cleaning) takes place before stripping with machines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Wears gloves. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Explains why s/he should wear gloves. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Mixes the stripping chemical solution at the correct concentration according to instructions on the label. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Applies the stripping chemical solution liberally to the floor surface. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Allows the correct contact time to enable the stripping solution to react with the polish. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Selects the manual stripping tools*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. Strips the floor manually. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    10. Removes the residue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    11. Rinses the floor with clean water. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
    12. Checks the quality of work. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Dry strip a floor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Identifies the area, the suitability of the floor type, and condition of the floor for dry stripping. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Explains the reasons for identifying the area, the suitability of the floor type and condition of the floor for dry stripping. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Explains why dry stripping is not the ideal method for stripping uneven floor surfaces or floors with heavy polish build-up. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Selects the correct slow speed single disc machine, dry stripping pad, chemical and other cleaning equipment*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Explains the reasons for selecting a slow speed single disc machine, dry stripping pad, chemical and other cleaning equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Uses the correct method for dry stripping*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Explains the dry stripping method. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Does not allow excessive polish residue to clog the stripping pad. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. Explains the consequences of allowing excessive polish residue to build up in the stripping pad. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    10. Sweeps or vacuums the dry polish residue from the floor*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    11. Explains why the dry polish residue must be removed from the floor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
    12. Rinses the floor with clean water to remove any remaining residue before sealing the floor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 13 
    13. Explains why the rinsing of the floor with clean water before sealing of the floor is important. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 14 
    14. Inspects the quality of work continuously. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 15 
    15. Explains why s/he needs to inspect the quality of work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 16 
    16. Explains the reasons for carrying out the correct procedure the first time according to quality and productivity principles. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Wet strip a floor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Identifies the area, the suitability of the floor type and condition of the floor for wet stripping. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Explains the reasons for identifying the area, the suitability of the floor type, and condition for wet stripping. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Explains why wet stripping must not be carried out on access flooring. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Explains why water-sensitive floors should not be wet stripped. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Selects the correct slow speed single disc machine, stripping pad, wet and dry vacuum cleaner (if required in terms of work-site procedures), wet mopping bucket and wringer, chemicals and cleaning equipment*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Explains the reasons for selecting a slow speed single disc machine, stripping pad, wet and dry vacuum cleaner, wet mopping bucket and wringer, chemicals and other cleaning equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Prepares the stripping chemical solution at the correct concentration according to instructions on the label. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Explains the importance of preparing the correct stripping chemical solution concentration according to label instructions and the amount of polish build-up on the floor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. Explains why alkaline strippers must not be used on linoleum floors. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    10. Applies the stripping chemical solution liberally to the floor surface. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    11. Allows the correct contact time to enable the stripping solution to react with the polish. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
    12. Explains the importance of leaving the stripping chemical solution for the correct contact time to enable it to react with the polish. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 13 
    13. Chooses plug points and utilizes extension cables for optimum electrical cable reach. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 14 
    14. Explains the importance of choosing the plug points and extension cables for optimum electrical cable reach. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 15 
    15. Gives an example of how stripping solution contact with electrical cables or plugs may have caused the earth leakage switch to trip. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 16 
    16. Explains how to identify the electrical cable or plug causing the earth leakage to trip. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 17 
    17. Explains how to isolate the leakage and reset the earth leakage switch. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 18 
    18. Uses the correct method for wet stripping*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 19 
    19. Explains the correct method for wet stripping. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 20 
    20. Removes the polish and stripping chemical solution from the floor, baseboards and skirting boards*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 21 
    21. Explains the importance of removing polish and stripping chemical solution from the floor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 22 
    22. Rinses the floor with clean water before sealing the floor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 23 
    23. Explains the importance of rinsing the floor with clean water. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 24 
    24. Checks the floor surface for the presence of polish and stripping chemical solution residues. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 25 
    25. Explains the importance of checking the floor surface for the presence of polish and stripping chemical solution residue. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Re-seal the floor surface. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Allows the floor surface to dry completely before sealing the floor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Explains why the floor surface must be completely dry prior to the application of the sealing product. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Selects the correct sealing product or products*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Explain why different sealing products may be applied to different floor types. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Uses the correct sealing equipment*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Explains the importance of using clean dedicated sealing equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Applies thin, even coats of the sealing product*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Explains the reasons for applying thin, even coats of the sealing product. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. Explains how s/he will know that too much polish has been applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    10. Explains how s/he will know that too thin a layer of polish has been applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    11. Allows the sealing product to dry completely between coats and after the final coat has been applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
    12. Explains the reasons for allowing the sealing product to dry completely between coats and after the application of the final coat. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 13 
    13. Correctly uses fans or floor drying equipment to speed up the drying process if specified*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 14 
    14. Explains how fans or floor drying equipment can reduce the drying time. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 15 
    15. Explains what would happen if someone walked on the wet coats. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 16 
    16. Explains how soon after resealing the floor should be buffed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Perform end of task procedures after stripping and sealing of hard and resilient floors. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Removes cordons and wet floor safety warning signs from the area*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Explains the importance of removing cordons and wet floor safety warning signs from the area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Repositions furniture and equipment*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Explains how to reposition furniture and equipment without causing damage to the newly sealed floor surface. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Disposes of the polish and stripping chemical solution according to environmental requirements*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Explains the disposal procedure for the polish and stripping chemical. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Cleans, dries and stores cleaning machinery and cleaning equipment*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Explains the importance of cleaning, drying and storing of cleaning machinery and cleaning equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. Rinses, dries and stores sealing equipment*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    10. Explains the importance of rinsing, drying and storing sealing equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    11. Stores chemicals*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
    12. Explains the importance of storing chemicals correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 13 
    13. Reports faulty cleaning machinery and cleaning equipment*. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 14 
    14. Explains the reporting procedure for faulty cleaning machinery and cleaning equipment. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. An assessor accredited by the Services SETA ETQA will assess the competency.
    2. Assessment procedures will be supplied to the ETQA in alignment with NSB requirements.
    3. All assessment activities must be fair so that all candidates can have equal opportunities.
    4. Assessment will be free of gender, ethnic or other bias.
    5. Questions and answers must determine the theoretical knowledge.
    6. Direct observation, preferably in the workplace, or as a second choice in simulated conditions are preferred.
    7. The practical demonstration of competencies is required in this unit standard.
    8. Reporting skills are demonstrated by effective communication that may be verbal or any other agreed upon method.
    9. Internal Moderation: could be determined by the provider.
    External Moderation: to be performed by an assessor that is registered with the ETQA. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    On completion the learner can understand and apply knowledge as described in the assessment criteria of all the outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical thinking have been made.

    Specific Outcomes:
  • Prepare to strip floors.
  • Manually strip areas inaccessible to cleaning machinery.
  • Wet strip a floor. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation orcommunity.

    Specific Outcome :
  • Dry strip a floor. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibility and effectively.

    Specific Outcome :
  • Dry strip a floor. 

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

    Specific Outcomes:
  • Manually strip areas inaccessible to cleaning machinery.
  • Dry strip a floor.
  • Wet strip a floor. 

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

    Specific Outcome:
  • Re-seal the floor surface. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. Evident in 2, 3, 4 and 5.

    Specific Outcomes:
  • Manually strip areas inaccessible to cleaning machinery.
  • Dry strip a floor.
  • Wet strip a floor.
  • Re-seal the floor surface. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts to not exist in isolation. Evident in 5.

    Specific Outcome:
  • Re-seal the floor surface. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participating as a responsible citizen in the life of local, national and global communities. Evident in 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

    Specific Outcomes:
  • Prepare to strip floors.
  • Manually strip areas inaccessible to cleaning machinery.
  • Dry strip a floor.
  • Wet strip a floor.
  • Re-seal the floor surface. 

  • 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 
    Definition of terms within this unit standard

    1. Alkaline strippers: This is a stripper with a pH in excess of 13
    2. Access flooring These are floors with removable panels which, when removed, give access to under-floor electrical cabling. Water entering the under-floor cabling could cause severe damage. Such floors are typically found in computer environments.
    3. Linoleum floors These are floor coverings manufactured from vegetable oils and are severely damaged by conventional high pH alkaline strippers. Specialised strippers with a maximum pH of 10 must be used to strip linoleum floors. The correct choice of sealing products that can be removed by these specialised strippers is important.
    4. Slow speed single disc machine This is a single disc machine fitted with a pad driving disc, with a maximum rotational speed of 200 R.P.M.
    5. Water-sensitive floors These are floors such as unsealed wood and cork, which absorb water and swell. This may result in damage to the floor.
    6. Method for dry stripping: It is the systematic removal of the polish by using a single disk machine in overlapping straight lines.. Each stripping pass should overlap the previous pass by 50%. Dry stripping may not remove all the layers of polish from the floor. Dry stripping is 80% mechanical removal and 20% chemical reaction.
    7. Method for wet stripping: It is the systematic removal of the polish by using a single disk machine in overlapping straight lines. Each stripping pass should overlap the previous pass by 50%. Wet stripping removes all the layers and is 80% chemical reaction and 20% mechanical removal. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  36233   National Certificate: Specialist Hygiene and Cleaning Services  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 


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