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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply stone dust to inertise coal dust 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116516  Apply stone dust to inertise coal 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-Fundamental  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 
This unit standard requires learners to be able to apply stone dust in an underground coalmine. Learners credited with this unit standard are capable of:
  • Describing the specified requirements pertaining to the application of stone dust.
  • Preparing to apply stone dustApplying stone dust.
  • Performing post stone dust application activities. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The ability to read, write and communications at ABET level 3 or equivalent will facilitate better understanding and proficiency in this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. All accessible, underground workings in a coalmine where volatile matter content exceeds minimum legal specifications are included. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the specified requirements pertaining to the application of stone dust. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Explanation of stone dust and stone dusting is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The description and explanation of the principle of stone dusting, is consistent with scientific data contained in specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The methods of the application of stone dust are explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of applying stone dust is explained in terms of the consequences to safety. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to apply stone dust. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The examination and use of personal protective equipment is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of examining and correctly using the above is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The examination of the tools, equipment and materials is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of examining the above is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Permission, where applicable, is obtained to enter the workplace and is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The dangers of entering a workplace without obtaining permission are explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The workplace is examined and hazards and risks, pertaining to health and safety, are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The importance of dealing with hazards and risks is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The preparation work is performed in such a manner as to foster teamwork and avoids conflict. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply stone dust. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The locations where stone dust is to be applied are identified in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Stone dust is applied according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of applying the stone dust according to specified requirements is explained in terms of the consequences to safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The immediate vicinity is continuously assessed and hazards and risks pertaining to health and safety are dealt with according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of dealing with hazards and risks is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Tools and equipment are used according to design and without injury to self and others. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The stone dust is applied in such a manner as to foster teamwork and avoid conflict. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform post-application activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools and equipment are cleaned in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The workplace is cleaned to comply with specified good-housekeeping requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Defective tools and equipment are dealt with in a manner consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of dealing with the above is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The feedback report complies with specified requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by a relevant ETQA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for this unit standard. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA. The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Learners 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 for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the learner's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.

    Credited learners understand and can explain:
  • Legal and site-specific requirements
  • The principle of stone dusting
  • The methods of the application of stone dust in accordance with specified requirements.
  • The importance of applying stone dust in terms of the consequences to safety.
  • That defective/broken equipment is dealt with according to specified requirements.
  • The importance of dealing with defective/broken equipment in terms of the consequences to health and safety.
  • That the examination and use of personal protective equipment is consistent with specified requirements.
  • The importance of examining and correctly using the above
  • The examination of the tools, equipment and materials
  • The importance of examining the above
  • That permission, where applicable, is obtained to enter the workplace
  • The dangers of entering a workplace without obtaining permission in terms of the consequences to health and safety.
  • How the workplace is examined and hazards and risks, pertaining to health and safety, are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements.
  • The importance of dealing with hazards and risks in terms of the consequences to health and safety.
  • How the locations where stone dust is to be applied are identified
  • How stone dust is applied
  • That the immediate vicinity is continuously assessed and hazards and risks pertaining to health and safety are dealt with
  • The importance of dealing with hazards and risks
  • How tools and equipment are used according to design and without injury to self and others 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems Note: The ability of the learner to correctly apply stone dust contributes to his/her problem solving skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group/organisation/community. Note: The ability and willingness of the learner to accept, interpret and delegate work instructions correctly, during the inspection, indicates that he/she can work effectively as a team member in the bigger organisational structure. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. Note: The identification of conditions that may influence the application of stone dust and taking appropriate action will indicate that the learner can organise and manage activities in his/her working environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and evaluate information. Note: The ability of the learner to identify places where stone dust must be applied taking appropriate action will indicate proficiency in collecting, organising and evaluating information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations. Note: The ability of the learner to use visual and language skills when applying stone dust will indicate his/her effectiveness to communicate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use technology effectively and critically (showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others). Note: The ability of the learner to interpret the stone dust samples that he/she is able to use science and technology. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following 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 learner 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 learner 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 judgements 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 learner 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 
    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal requirements:
  • OHS Act and Regulations 85 / 1993
  • Mine Health and Safety Act and Regulations 29/1996
  • Guideline for mandatory Codes of Practice

    Site-specific requirements:
  • Managerial instructions
  • Codes of Practice
  • Company Standards
  • Standard Task Procedures
  • Health Management Programme
  • Risk Assessment Documentation
  • Working Guides
  • Manufacturers' specifications 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  48804   National Certificate: Occupational Safety, Hygiene and Environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-11-26  Was HW SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  64909   National Certificate: Small Scale Mining  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Elective  79806   National Certificate: Occupational Hygiene and Safety  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  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: 
    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. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (V/R) 
    2. MODIKWA PLATINUM MINE 
    3. Technology Risk Solutions 



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