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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Conduct safety and health representation activities 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116518  Conduct safety and health representation activities 
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
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2007-08-07  2008-11-26  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-11-26   2012-11-26  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
259622  Describe the functions of the workplace health and safety representative  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard requires learners to be able to perform safety, health and environmental representation activities and to know health and safety legislation relevant to the functions, duties and responsibilities of a Health and Safety Representative at a working place.

Learners credited with this Unit Standard are capable of:
  • Explaining the specified requirements to conduct safety, health and environmental representation activities at a working place.
  • Describing the legislative framework of workplace health and safety legislation, legislation pertaining to health and safety representatives and committees, and the effect on the duties of health and safety representatives of health and safety legislation pertaining to the employers and employees (including contractors)
  • Participating in the actions to address safety, health and environmental related issues.
  • Participating in activities within safety, health and environmental structures. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Credits were assigned to this Unit Standard based on the assumption that learners can read, write and communicate in one of the official languages at NQF Level 1. 

    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. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the specified requirements to conduct safety, health and environmental representation activities at a working place. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation confirms understanding of the specified requirements to conduct safety, health and environmental representation activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The explanation confirms understanding of the specific rights, powers, functions and duties of the safety, health and environmental representatives in terms of the specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance and purpose of conducting safety, health and environmental representation activities are explained in terms of the consequences to safety, health, environment and production. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the legislative framework of workplace health and safety legislation, legislation pertaining to health and safety representatives, and the effect on the duties of health and safety representatives of health and safety legislation. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Complete Outcome title:

    Describe the legislative framework of workplace health and safety legislation, legislation pertaining to health and safety representatives and committees, and the effect on the duties of health and safety representatives of health and safety legislation pertaining to the employers and employees (including contractors). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Explanation outlines the understanding of definitions and terminology in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Explanation confirms the understanding of the objectives of the relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of complying with the relevant legislation is explained in terms of the consequences to heath, safety, environment and production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Explanation confirms understanding of the statutory requirements applicable to a Health and Safety Representative. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including the following but not limited to: Appropriate sections of Chapter 3 of the Mine Health and Safety Act 1996 (Act 29 of 1996); Occupational Health and Safety Act 1993 (Act 85,1993) Sections 17 & 18.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Explanation confirms understanding of the statutory requirements applicable to a Health and Safety Committee. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including the following but not limited to: Appropriate sections of Chapter 3 of the Mine Health and Safety Act 1996 (Act 29 of 1996); Occupational Health and Safety Act 1993 (Act 85,1993) Sections 19 & 20.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Explanation confirms the understanding of the statutory requirements of the employer in so far as it has an effect on the functions, duties and responsibilities of the Health and Safety Representative at a workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Explanation confirms the understanding of the statutory requirements of the employees in so far as it has an effect on the functions, duties and responsibilities of the Health and Safety Representative at a workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Explanation confirms the understanding of the statutory requirements of other learners in so far as it has an effect on the functions, duties and responsibilities of the Health and Safety Representative at a workplace. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Contractors, Hired labourers, Casual labourers, Visitors, Public.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Participate in the actions to address safety, health and environmental related issues. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety, health and environmental related issues are addressed at the appropriate level, according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Facts related to safety, health and environmental issues are established from information obtained, using accepted data gathering methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safety, health and environmental related issues are resolved by acting according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of resolving safety, health and environmental related issues is explained in terms of the consequences to health, safety, environment and production. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Participate in activities within safety, health and environmental structures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The extent of participation within safety, health and environmental structures, according to specified requirements, is verified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consultation process with interested and affected parties within the organisation, is demonstrated according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The participation in the activities of the safety, health and environmental structures according to specified requirements, is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of participating in the activities within the safety, health and environmental structures is explained in terms of the consequences to health, safety, environment and production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The safety, health and environmental activities are performed in such a manner that fosters teamwork and avoids conflict. 


    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 programmes 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:
  • Definitions and terminology contained in legislation and specified requirements
  • Objectives of the relevant legislation
  • The importance of complying with the relevant legislation
  • Statutory requirements applicable to health and safety representatives and health and safety committees
  • Description of the statutory requirements of employers, employees other persons in so far as they have an effect on the functions, duties and responsibilities of workplace health and safety representatives
  • Monitoring of compliance with health and safety agreements
  • Specified content requirements of health and safety agreements
  • Responsibilities of stakeholders as contained in health and safety agreements 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking when participating in health and safety representation activities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community to negotiate in a manner that fosters teamwork and avoids conflict. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively to be able to participate in health and safety representation activities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organize and critically evaluate information when reviewing existing health and safety activities, and using consulting methods amongst constituents to achieve agreement on health and safety representation activities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations to consult and communicate health and safety agreements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when existing health and safety agreements are reviewed and verified fit for purpose and according to specified requirements. 

    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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 259622, which is "Describe the functions of the workplace health and safety representative", Level 2, 3 credits.

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal requirements
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (Act No: 29 of 1996) or Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act no: 85 of 1993)
  • Subordinate legislation to the Mine Health and Safety- or Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice
  • SABS and other relevant Standards
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives
  • Other legal requirements

    Site-specific requirements
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA)
  • Occupational Safety, health and environmental Risk Management Program
  • Managerial Instructions
  • Standard Procedures
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks
  • Working Guides
  • MSDS's
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications
  • Any other applicable codes of practice etc. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  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  58537   National Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2009-06-17  Was CHIETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  63349   National Certificate: Molten Glass Production  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 


    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.
     
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