SAQA 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.
SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of preventative maintenance, environmental and safety issues in a computer environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114636  Demonstrate an understanding of preventative maintenance, environmental and safety issues in a computer environment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Information Systems and Technology 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 10 - Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences Information Technology and Computer Sciences 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular-Fundamental  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 is designed to provide credits towards health and safety in the work environment, specifically applicable to the computer industry.

Qualifying learners are able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of preventive maintenance measures and procedures of computer hardware;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of safety measures and procedures of a computer working environment;
  • Explain environmental protection measures and procedures of a computer working environment.

    The performance of all elements is to a standard that allows for further learning in this area. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit value is based on the assumption that people starting to learn towards this unit standard are:
  • Competent in Communications Literacy at NQF level 2
  • Able to describe basic concepts of Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
  • Able to describe basic concepts of electricity
  • Able to identify basic computer components 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard covers:
    The health and safety requirements related to the computer environment. More detailed range statements are provided for specific outcomes and assessment criteria as needed. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the use of preventive maintenance measures and procedures. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the use of preventive maintenance measures and procedures of computer hardware. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The demonstration identifies the causes of computer hardware maintenance. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Over heating, Dust, Electrical Spikes, Thermal creep.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The demonstration covers preventive measure for the causes of computer hardware maintenance. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Ventilation, Liquid cleaning compounds, Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS).
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the use of safety measures and procedures. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the use of safety measures and procedures of a computer working environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The demonstration explains safety measure for different types of fires and which applies to computer environments. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: A, B and C types of fires.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The demonstration covers potential hazards and safety procedures relating to the computer environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: High-voltage equipment, Power supply, Screens.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The demonstration cover Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) and precautions for it. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Conductive rubber mat with grounding cable, grounding wrist strap, Goggles.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain environmental protection measures and procedures of a computer working environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation covers handling of computer components. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Screens, Batteries.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The explanation covers handling of computer peripheral components. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Printer toner cartridges, Chemical solvents and cans.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The relevant Education and Training Quality Authority (ETQA) must accredit providers before they can offer programs of education and training assessed against unit standards.

    Moderation Process:

    Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that the possession or lack of the knowledge can be inferred directly from the quality of the candidate's performance against the standards.
  • The different hardware components of a computer, and their basic functioning
  • Peripherals used in a computer environment 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify, solve problems and make decisions:
  • Identify hazards, plan contingencies and identify solutions to hazardous situations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise, and critically evaluate information:
  • Gather, organise and interpret health and safety information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • Use scientific solutions to problems, like rubber maps, grounding wrist strap etc. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to his/her full personal development and the social and economic development of the society at large:
  • Being aware of the potential environmental hazards of computer and computer-related equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:

    Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.

    Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.

    Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.

    The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgments should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.

    The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.

    All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Supplementary information:

    Definitions:
    A, B and C type fires refers to standard industry known definitions of types of fires. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  78964   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Technical Support  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Core  24293   National Certificate: Information Technology: Technical Support  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2010-01-23  Was MICTS until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  61591   National Certificate: Information Technology: End User Computing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  78965   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Systems Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Elective  24294   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Systems Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2010-01-23  Was MICTS 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. Abetech 
    2. Academy of Training and Development 
    3. AccTech Systems (PTY)LTD 
    4. Acol Computer Training PTY LTD 
    5. Act of Grace 97 
    6. Added Advantage Academy (Durban) 
    7. Afedile M Learning Centre (Pty) Ltd 
    8. Affirmations Training 
    9. AFRICALEADS ACADEMY 
    10. All Connections cc 
    11. Amitek Business College 
    12. Anderson College (Pty) Ltd 
    13. Ankalite (Pty) Limited 
    14. Arise Business Centre 
    15. Artshub Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    16. Aspirations Communication Training CC 
    17. ATTI IT SOLUTIONS BLOEMFONTEIN 
    18. ATTI Nelspruit Pty Ltd 
    19. AUM IT Solutions 
    20. Bantsho Marketing & Management Strategies 
    21. Best Information Solutions 
    22. Beth Horner & Associates 
    23. Birnam Business College (Pty) Limited 
    24. Bokamoso Competence (Pty) Ltd 
    25. Bonalesedi Computer Training 
    26. Bophelo Tota ICT Driving Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    27. Broadband College of Technology 
    28. BTC Campus (Pty) Ltd 
    29. Bytes People Solutions A Division of Altron TMT (Pty) Ltd 
    30. Calandra Trading 523(PTY) 
    31. Cape Innovation Technology Initiative 
    32. Cape Town Society for the Blind 
    33. Careers IT (Pty) Ltd 
    34. Certified Workforce Trainers cc. 
    35. Claas Illustration 
    36. College Africa Group (Pty) Ltd 
    37. Columbus Consulting Pty Ltd 
    38. CompEd IT Training 
    39. Competence computer and business management 
    40. Computer Technology Dev Institute 
    41. CTU Training Solutions 
    42. Cyber College of Business and Technology 
    43. CYBER MINDS (PTY) LIMITED 
    44. Daily Training Cc 
    45. DC Dynamic College of Commerce & Further Training (Pty) Ltd 
    46. Delight Computer Training 
    47. Denwin's Computer & Business School 
    48. DIGMAC PTY LTD 
    49. Ditlotlo Trading Enterprise Cc 
    50. DVG Property (Pty)Ltd 
    51. Eagle Computer Training 
    52. Eastern Cape Academy of Technology 
    53. Egsibit Training and Development 
    54. Ekasi IT Solutions CC 
    55. Ekukhanyeni Community Development Centre 
    56. Ekurhuleni Computer College 
    57. Elangeni Training Institute 
    58. Elchees Software Solutions 
    59. Fakazani Management Services 
    60. Falcon Business Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    61. Far North Education & Training Trust (FNETT) 
    62. Far North Youth Development Initiative 
    63. Far-Ahead Computer Training Centre Cc 
    64. Forek Institute of Technology (Pty) Ltd 
    65. Fort Hare Solutions (PTY) LTD 
    66. Foster-Melliar 
    67. Futurekids SA (Fochville) 
    68. Gabasega Consulting and Training Centre 
    69. Gauteng College of Engineering and Technology (PTY) LTD 
    70. GDE Science Education Centre 
    71. Gegana Computer Academy and Business Solutions cc 
    72. Gijima Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
    73. Golden Step Campus (Pty) Ltd. 
    74. Goldfields TVET College 
    75. Goodwill Institute Of Technology 
    76. Gurandbuilt Management Development 
    77. Hazyview Computer College 
    78. Hectic Productions cc 
    79. Hlanganani ICT (Pty) Ltd 
    80. IALE School of Advanced Learning and Education (Pty) Ltd 
    81. iLearn Corporate Services PTY LTD 
    82. Imbalenhle Learning Academy 
    83. Indonsa Consulting and Training cc 
    84. Information Technology Resource Centre 
    85. Institute of Training and Education for Capacity Building 
    86. ISAMON VOCATIONAL COLLEGE OF EXCELLENCE 
    87. iSolve Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    88. IT Certification Academy 
    89. IT Network Recruiting and Consulting Services 
    90. IT SA Computer Services Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    91. ITSI Digital Teaching Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    92. Jeppe College of Commerce and Computer Studies 
    93. Johannesburg Institute of Engineering & Technology 
    94. John Taolo Gaetsewe Developmental Trust 
    95. Jonda Learning Academy 
    96. Kaelo Computer Training cc 
    97. Keybase Training Solutions Cc 
    98. Kezla Investments 
    99. Khuphulanani Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    100. King Sabata Dalindyebo TVET College 
    101. Konani Training and Development Institute 
    102. Kondi Computer Training 
    103. Kumani Computer College 
    104. Kylix Information Systems 
    105. LA Gomme Training Centre 
    106. Leading Edge Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    107. Lephalale Core Skills Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    108. Lesedi Consulting 
    109. Leseding Computer Systems (Pty) Ltd 
    110. LGIT Smart Solutions 
    111. Limco Consulting and management (Pty) Ltd 
    112. Loja Trading cc 
    113. M-cot Corporate Training 
    114. Mackeys Computing (Pty) Ltd 
    115. Madzahisi College 
    116. Makhophila Business Enterprise 
    117. Malope IT Solutions 
    118. Masana Brainstorm Conferencing cc 
    119. Mash Computer Training 
    120. Mass Computer Training And Printers 
    121. MasterGrade IT 
    122. Mkoneni Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    123. Mokk Consultants Cc 
    124. Mosadikago Trading Cc 
    125. Motheo TVET College 
    126. Mourema Computer Training Centre 
    127. Mpisholo Training Solutions 
    128. Mpondo Zengwenya Trading Cc 
    129. Mthonyama Technologies cc 
    130. Mveelaphanda Development and Projects cc 
    131. National Computer College Carletonville 
    132. National Computer College Cc 
    133. NCM Computer and Business Academy 
    134. Ndabezitha Life Skills Training Institute 
    135. NET2G Technologies (Pty) Ltd t/a IT SCHOOL 
    136. NetCampus (Pty) Ltd. 
    137. New Era Computer Training Centre (Hidobyte CC) 
    138. Nextgen Training Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    139. Ngubeni Corporation 
    140. Nicoflora Computers & PC Engineering (Pty) Ltd 
    141. Ntamunde Investment 
    142. Nyankwavi Inverstment 
    143. Ocule IT cc 
    144. On the Ball College Pty ltd 
    145. Overcomers Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    146. Parkton College of Catering & Tourism Studies 
    147. Pillays Computer and Careers 
    148. Prophesy Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    149. PROSERV SA (PTY) LTD 
    150. Protech Business and Computer College Pty Ltd. 
    151. Qhakaza Management Services 
    152. Rand Training College 
    153. Reaithuta Computer Academy 
    154. Regent-Comp 
    155. Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology Pty Ltd 
    156. Rivoni Training N Communications 
    157. Ron and Becky Trading 
    158. Rorisang Computer (Pty) Ltd 
    159. Sankin Computer Training Pty Ltd 
    160. Sas Institute Pty Ltd 
    161. Sebata Municipal Solutions (Pty) Limited 
    162. Sed General Trading Enterprise 
    163. SEDIBENG 
    164. Setlagole Telecentre 
    165. Sivile Housing Association RSA 
    166. Siyabonga Multi - Purpose Centre 
    167. Siyafunda Community Technology Centre 
    168. Smart Byte Training Cc 
    169. South Africa Advanced Skills Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    170. Southern Africa Youth Project NPC 
    171. Sovereign Skills Development Institute (Pty) 
    172. Springfield Training (Pty) Ltd 
    173. Star Light Consulting 
    174. Success Christian Training Centre 
    175. Taal-Net Training Institute 
    176. Technology Corporate Management (Pty) Ltd 
    177. Terry Computer Services cc 
    178. The Graduate Institute of South Africa 
    179. The Ulwazi Computer Training Center 
    180. Tira Telecoms 
    181. Titan Trade Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    182. Torque Technical Computer Training (Pty) Ltd 
    183. Tshedza Training Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    184. Tshwane College of Commerce and Computer 
    185. Tumelo Education and Training 
    186. Turfloop Training Services Cc 
    187. Turnstone Trading 183 (Pty) Ltd 
    188. Umbrella Training and Development 
    189. Umbuso Training Services (Pty) Ltd. 
    190. Umzinyathi Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd 
    191. Vukani Solutions 
    192. Vuthlari Marketing Consulting (PTY)LTD 
    193. Waterberg TVET College 
    194. Whitestone College 
    195. Xtensive ICT Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    196. Xylo Trading 12 (Pty) Ltd 
    197. Y2K COLLEGE 
    198. Zealot Business College cc 
    199. Zinjiva Trading 
    200. ZJ Africa Learn (Pty) Ltd 



    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.