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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Investigate an incident 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117391  Investigate an incident 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Public Administration and Management 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Public Administration 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 for persons working in the inspection and enforcement environment, to conduct an investigation at the scene of an incident.
A person credited with this unit standard will be able to :
  • Secure and control a scene at an incident
  • Identify the nature of a scene at an incident
  • Record relevant information
  • Identify and handle witness and victims
  • Utilise investigation aids
  • Search a scene at an incident and seize exhibits

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of any learner within inspection and enforcement services by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the safety in the workplace environment.

    The purpose of the unit standard is to enhance job performance through achievement and demonstration of competency in specific criteria in a range of circumstances. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 4
  • Computer Literacy at NQF Level 3
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard applies to persons who conduct investigation at the scene of an incident in a workplace with a level of authority that allows them to take independent decisions. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Secure and control a the scene of an incident. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The area around the incident scene is fully cordoned off, protected and conserved according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Only people relevant to the investigation are allowed within the scene of an incident according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Guards are fully utilized to assist in the investigation according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Potential evidence are identified and secured according to the law of evidence principles and organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Potential exhibits are obtained and preserved according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Potential exhibits are registered for safekeeping and handed to relevant specialists according to organizational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify the nature of an incident. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The type of offence committed is identified and classified to its specific nature according to organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Witness and victims are identified according to organizational procedures and the constitution of South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Possible origin of substances are identified according to relevant legislations and organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Action related to the incident is identified and applied according to organizational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Record relevant information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All relevant aspects of the incident scene is observed and noted immediately according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Witness are identified and noted in the pocket book according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Victims/Injured persons are identified and noted according to organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Possible offenders are noted and dealt with according to the constitution of South Africa and organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Experts and emergency services attending to the scene are identified and notified according to organizational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify and handle witnesses and possible offenders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Witness and possible offenders are identified and handled according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Learner is introduced to witness and/or possible offenders according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The body is examined in the event of death and observations are noted according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Details of witness not at the scene are gathered and noted in pocket book according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Witness's co-operation is obtained according to the constitution of South African and organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The nature of the possible offence is determined according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    All relevant questions pertaining to the incident are put to the witness according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Statements are obtained from witnesses and possible offenders according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Witnesses not on the scene are traced and visited and necessary statements are obtained according to organizational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Utilise investigation aids. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relevant investigation experts and aids are identified and engaged according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The role of the individual investigation experts are describe according to organizational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Search the scene of an incident and seize exhibits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The scene of an incident is scanned for clues and exhibits according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Exhibits are identified as evidence according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The positions of exhibits are noted according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Exhibits are seized, packed accordingly and sendtaccording to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Statements are completed regarding the seizure, packing and sending of exhibits according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Clues are identified and noted in pocket book according to organizational procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Candidates are assessed against these assessment criteria. An assessor observes currently employed candidates carrying out their normal work duties. They may also be asked to carry out simulated tasks and to answer written and/or oral questions. Candidates studying towards a Unit Standard, and who are not currently employed, will also be assessed using variety of assessment tools.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

    Integrated assessment methods and tools will allow the candidate to demonstrate that she/he has acquired knowledge of, and can safely and effectively apply the criteria for competence identified in this unit standard.

    These tools include the following:
  • In-site (on-the-job) observations
  • Role-play simulations
  • Structured group discussions
  • Written reports (e.g. tests, exams, case studies, projects, registers, logbooks, workbooks)
  • Verbal report backs (presentations)
  • Portfolios of evidence
  • Projects (physical visits to Government Departments)
  • Experiential learning
  • Working in teams
  • Scenario sketching

    These methods must be carefully selected based on the purpose of the assessment (for example, the written method of assessing knowledge or on-job demonstration of practical competence). The assessment must integrate a number of different methods in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    A comprehensive understanding of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. 

    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 a critical and creative way in applying the provisions set out in organizational orders regarding the investigation of an incident in the workplace, under controlled circumstances, making a sound judgement of any given situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team in applying the provisions set out in organizational orders regarding the investigation of an incident, under controlled circumstances, making a sound judgement of any given situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage oneself and one`s personal activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organize and critically evaluate information relevant in applying the provisions set out in the organization. 

    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  49107   National Certificate: Inspection and Enforcement Services  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Elective  60072   National Diploma: Inspection and Assessment (Non-Metallics)  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    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. Matimba Rigging & Training (SECUNDA) (TP) 
    2. Tubular Holdings (Pty) Ltd (EMALAHLENI) (TP) 
    3. Wide Horizon Advanced Training (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 



    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.