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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Implement Occupational Health and Safety measures in a construction materials testing laboratory 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14547  Implement Occupational Health and Safety measures in a construction materials testing laboratory 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Physical Planning, Design and Management 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
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 who are assessed as competent against this unit standard will be able to demonstrate competence in implementing occupational health and safety measures in a construction materials testing laboratory.

The unit standard contributes to the overall competence required of the construction materials tester.

The laboratory test results are used for quality control purposes during the construction and manufacturing processes as well as for final acceptance of the finished products.

Its contribution to socio-economic transformation is that learners would be able to undergo RPL-assessment and thereby receive recognition for previous learning and experience. The employability and career prospects of learners can therefore be enhanced by this qualification.
Previously disadvantaged individuals with this qualification can also start their own businesses supplying a construction materials testing service - a process that will accelerate economic transformation and give economic empowerment. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
NQF Level 4 in Literacy and Numeracy competencies.
Render basic first aid. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Occupational Health and Safety hazards during the sampling process includes the following:
  • Moving construction vehicles
  • Sampling in confined spaces
  • Moving mechanical parts like conveyor belts, revolving drums
  • Chemical nature of compounds like cement, lime, tar, bitumen, asphalt
  • Noise
  • Dust

    Occupational Health and Safety hazards during the testing process includes the following:
  • Flammable gasses
  • Heat
  • Noise
  • Electricity
  • Poisonous vapors
  • Chemical burning. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify occupational health and safety hazards in a construction materials testing laboratory. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Identify occupational health and safety hazards in a construction materials testing laboratory and implement appropriate remedial action. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Occupational Health and Safety hazards are identified for during the sampling process. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Chemical, Physical, construction plant, confined spaces, dust, noise.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Occupational Health and Safety hazards are identified for during the testing process. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Chemical, Physical, electrical, flammable gasses, heat, poisonous vapours, noise.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Appropriate remedial action is identified and implemented in order to remove hazard. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify protective clothing and equipment, procure and demonstrate use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Protective clothing and equipment are identified in terms of occupational health and safety legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The use of protective clothing and equipment is demonstrated in compliance with occupational health and safety legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The use of protective clothing and equipment is demonstrated in compliance with occupational health and safety legislation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify training needs and train unskilled support staff on Occupational Health and Safety issues. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Training needs of unskilled support staff is identified with respect to occupational health and safety issues. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Unskilled support staff are trained to be aware of hazards and how to protect themselves and others. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Implement first aid. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Implement first aid specific to occupational health and safety hazards encountered in a testing laboratory and during sampling and communicate emergencies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    2. All staff is trained to communicate emergencies appropriately and in terms of organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    1. Appropiate first aid procedure are identified and implemented during an emergency in accordance with recognised first aid principles. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Identify and procure first aid kit specific to accupational health and safety hazards encountered. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Identify and procure first aid kit specific to accupational health and safety hazards encountered during a construction material testing/sampling process and train staff in the use of this frist aid kit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. First aid kit is identified that is suitable to deal with hazards encountered in a construction material testing/sampling process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. First aid kit is procured in terms of organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. All staff is trained to use the first aid kit in terms of recognised procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the CETA - ETQA for "The National Certificates in Construction Materials Testing".
  • First Aid Assessors are accredited through the HWSET.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the CETA - ETQA
  • CETA - ETQA, or other ETQA`s who have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with CETA-ETQA, would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Understand and explain:
  • Occupational Health and safety hazards encountered during sampling and testing asphalt construction materials.
  • The selection and use of protective clothing and equipment required during sampling and testing asphalt construction materials.
  • Training needs required by unskilled support staff with respect to Occupational Health and Safety issues.
  • Implementation of first aid and handling of emergencies during sampling and testing asphalt construction materials.
  • Rendering basic first aid. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems:
  • Identify occupational health and safety hazards in a construction materials testing laboratory.
  • Occupational Health and Safety hazards are identified for during the sampling and testing process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others:
  • Identify training needs and train unskilled support staff on Occupational Health and Safety issues.
  • Unskilled support staff are trained to be aware of hazards and how to protect themselves and others. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management:
  • Implement first aid specific to occupational health and safety hazards encountered in a testing laboratory and during sampling.
  • First aid kit are identified and procured that is suitable to deal with hazards encountered in a construction materials testing process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information:
  • Identify training needs and train unskilled support staff on Occupational Health and Safety issues.
  • Training needs of unskilled support staff are identified with respect to occupational health and safety issues. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively:
  • Identify training needs and train unskilled support staff on Occupational Health and Safety issues.
  • Unskilled support staff are trained to be aware of hazards and how to protect themselves and others. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence:
  • Identify occupational health and safety hazards in a construction materials testing laboratory.
  • Occupational Health and Safety hazards are identified for during the sampling and testing process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand Contextual world-systems:
  • Identify occupational health and safety hazards in a construction materials testing laboratory
  • Occupational Health and Safety hazards are identified for during the sampling and testing process. 

  • 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  49017   National Certificate: Construction Materials Testing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  48817   Further Education and Training Certification: Construction Materials Testing  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  23975   National Certificate: Construction Material Testing: Bituminous Materials  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2004-02-11  Was CETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  23974   National Certificate: Construction Material Testing: Soils and Aggregates  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2004-02-11  Was CETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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