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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Determine the concentration of respirable dust using a direct reading instrument 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120339  Determine the concentration of respirable dust using a direct reading instrument 
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 
Persons who have been found competent in this unit standard will be able to sample air by means of a real time dust monitor to determine the concentration of aerosols and recommend appropriate remedial action. This competency includes all the pre-, inter- and post-activities and explanations associated with the sampling procedure. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    All explanations are given in accordance with specified requirements and, where applicable, the consequences to health and safety are included.

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

    Legal:
  • Relevant OHS Act and Regulations
  • Relevant Mine Health and Safety Act and Regulations
  • Guideline for relevant mandatory Codes of Practice

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

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the specified requirements pertaining to the sampling of air by means of a real time dust monitor to determine the concentration of aerosols and recommend appropriate remedial action. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All the following are covered in the explanation:
  • The limits of aerosol concentrations.
  • The sampling procedures .
  • The principle of operation of a real time dust monitor.
  • The use and limitations of the instruments and their accessories. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to sample the air by means of a real time dust monitor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The real time dust monitor is examined, calibrated and zeroed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The specified instruments are handled safely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The conditions under which measurements are made are checked and the impact of adverse conditions on readings is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The correct measuring position is selected and the importance thereof, explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of obtaining permission to enter the working place is explained and obtained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The position where sampling is to take place is examined for hazards and risks and these are dealt with where applicable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Instruments and accessories, including personal protective equipment, are obtained, inspected and tested for functionality prior to use. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Sample air for aerosol concentration. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The sampling is conducted correctly and the activity is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The measured data are recorded. The importance of recording the relevant data is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The aerosol concentration levels measured are compared with specified requirements and excessive concentration levels are dealt with accordingly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The immediate vicinity where measurements are made is continuously assessed for hazards and risks and these are dealt with accordingly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The sampling is performed in a manner that fosters teamwork and avoids conflict. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform post-sampling activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The instrument calibration is verified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The instrument is cleaned and safely stored. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Defective instruments are dealt with. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reports are completed accurately, in the required format and submitted to designated personnel within the prescribed time. 


    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 with 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 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Health and safety knowledge
  • Report writing 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems related to the detection and measurement of airborne aerosols and recording of unhealthy and unacceptable working place conditions by recommending remedial and preventive measures. 

    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, recording test results in specified formats, and taking appropriate action where necessary. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and critically evaluate information to correct for conditions, environmental factors, and limitations that can influence readings, 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 test 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 measuring positions for testing for airborne aerosols. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by taking 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: 
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