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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Determine the amount of mineral dust and particulate matter in water by means of a nephelometer and turbidimeter respectively 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120338  Determine the amount of mineral dust and particulate matter in water by means of a nephelometer and turbidimeter respectively 
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 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 
Learners found competent in this unit standard will be able to determine the amount of mineral dust and particulate matter in water by means of a nephelometer and turbidimeter. The competency includes all the actions associated with taking the sample. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication skills at NQF Level 2
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 2 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    All the Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria are assessed in accordance with specified requirements and - where applicable - consequences to health and safety.

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

    Legals:
  • Mine Health & Safety Act, and Regulations
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Guideline for mandatory Codes of Practice

    Site-specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS documents.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Standard Task Procedures.
  • Company Standards.
  • Risk Assessment Documentation.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of the specified requirements pertaining to determining the amount of mineral dust in water. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The quality of water regarding the mineral dust concentration is explained in terms of the effects of mineral dust on the health of persons. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of taking and analysing water samples for mineral dust concentration is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The liberation of mineral dust is from water to the general atmosphere is explained in terms of the relevant scientific data. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of the specified requirements pertaining to determining the amount of particulate matter in water. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The allowable particulate matter concentration in water is explained in terms of the effects of particulate matter on the health of persons. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of taking and analysing samples to ensure a healthy environment is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The liberation of particulate matter from water to the general atmosphere is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prepare to determine the amount of mineral dust and particulate matter in a water sample. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required personal protective equipment is examined, operational, fit for purpose and use in accordance with its design and the importance of the examination and use is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The apparatus is examined and calibrated and the importance thereof is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The workplace is examined and all hazards and risks are dealt with. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The preparatory work is performed in a manner that fosters teamwork and avoids conflict. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Determine the amount of mineral dust and particulate matter in a water sample. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The sample is prepared, demonstrated and the actions explained . 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The analysis of the prepared sample is done. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relevant data are recorded and the importance thereof explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The work is performed in a manner that fosters teamwork and avoids conflict. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Perform post-measuring activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The calibration of the equipment is checked. Deviations in the calibration are dealt with accordingly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Defective equipment is dealt with accordingly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equipment is cleaned and stored accordingly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The sample residue is dealt with accordingly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reports are completed correctly and submitted to designated personnel within the required time limits. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited, as a provider by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems related to sample dilution and assessment and perform basic calculations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group/organisation/community by accepting, interpreting and delegating instructions correctly, if and when required, in a context-appropriate manner. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively by meeting specified requirements, applying correct formulae in calculations, and recommending appropriate action where necessary. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and critically evaluate information to correct for conditions, factors and limitations that can influence assessments, interpret information obtained, and recommend appropriate remedial action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations to record and report analytical results. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically (showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others) to select the appropriate methods, formulae and instruments for performing water analyses calculations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recommending appropriate actions based on the evaluation of test results and reporting results to relevant designated persons, confirming that a specific observation, inference, action or decision can have an interrelated effect. 

    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  79806   National Certificate: Occupational Hygiene and Safety  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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 



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