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

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Mines Health and Safety Act, (Act 29 of 1996) and its application 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14993  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Mines Health and Safety Act, (Act 29 of 1996) and its application 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Financial Services 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Finance, Economics and Accounting 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2003-10-08  2006-10-08  SAQA 0150/03 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2007-10-08   2010-10-08  

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
242682  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Mines Health and Safety Act, 29, of 1996 and its application  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is intended for learners in the insurance organisations, risk managers and managers on mines.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the legislation regulating Health and Safety in a mining environment.
  • Explaining the collective bargaining process required by the Act.
  • Describing how the Act is applied to different mining operations.
  • Applying the risk management process as required by the Act.
  • Explaining the regulations relating to mining closure. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    There is open access to this Unit Standard. Learners should be competent in Communication and Mathematical and Financial Literacy at NQF Level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this Unit Standard is:
  • SABS codes of practice
  • National Environmental Conservation Act.
  • Transportation of Hazardous Substances Act.
  • Hazardous Materials Legislation.
  • Nuclear legislation.
  • Areas of non-compliance include, but are not limited to records, monitoring, appointments, activities, functions, compliance and reporting. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the legislation regulating Health and Safety in a mining environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The purpose of the Act is explained with reference to the need to regulate the mining industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The role of the regulations in supporting the Act is explained and an indication is given of the different topics covered in the regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The SABS codes and other legislation that apply to mining are named and an indication is given of the locations or areas of operation in the mines where each is applicable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The role of the inspector of mines is explained with reference to the duties and powers of inspectors. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the collective bargaining process required by the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The relationship between Government, Unions and Mine Management is described with reference to regulations in the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The process to be followed by mine management in negotiating Health and Safety agreements with labour is explained and an indication is given of the consequences for all parties in the event of non-compliance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The need for the healthcare requirements of the Act is explained in terms of the collective bargaining requirement. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe how the Act is applied to different mining operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The basic principles of mining are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The concept of surface mining is explained with reference to quarrying and open cast mines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The concept of underground mining is explained with reference to fiery and non-fiery mines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Operations on a mine are classified in terms of surface and underground works and an indication is given of legislation that applies to each type of operation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply the risk management process as required by the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Potential hazards in the workplace are surveyed and identified in order to complete a risk assessment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Identified risks are classified in terms of safety, health and hygiene risks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Areas on non-compliance are analysed in terms of the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Records required by the Act are named and an indication is given of why each is necessary and the regulatory retention period. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Appointments specified in the Act are identified and functions are described in trms of the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Identified risks are evaluated in terms of probability and severity of impact on the mining operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. The concept of a peril is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. The concept of a hazard is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. The concept of exposure is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    10. A report on the existing situation in a mining operation is compiled and recommendations are made to address areas of non-compliance. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Explain the regulations relating to mine closure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The requirements of the Act are analysed and a policy is developed to manage mine closure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. A plan to rehabilitate surface and workings areas is compiled that covers safety, health, environs and the surroundings of the mine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. On-going support functions after closure are named and an indication is given of the consequences if these are not in place and monitored regularly. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accreditation for this Unit Standard shall be obtained from the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body, through summative and formative assessment by a registered assessor.
  • Assessors must be registered as an Assessor with the INSQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the INSQA.
  • Moderators must be registered as assessors with INSQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Agreement with INSQA.
  • Training providers must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation should include both internal and external moderation where applicable. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses show that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made in conducting a risk assessment and recommending ways to address areas of non-compliance. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team in conducting a risk assessment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage him/herself and his/her activities responsibly and effectively in evaluating the probability and severity of risk and analysing areas of non-compliance. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information in completing a risk assessment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively in explaining requirements of the Act and drafting reports and plans. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by planning the rehabilitation of the mine after closure and the consequences if ongoing support functions are not monitored regularly. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 242682, which is "Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Mines Health and Safety Act, 29, of 1996 and its application", level 4, 4 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49046   National Certificate: Lump Ore Beneficiation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-08-20  Was MQA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  49044   National Certificate: Mineral Processing, Gold Extraction  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-08-20  Was MQA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  24396   National Certificate: Risk Management  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2006-10-08  Was INSETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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. Finsch Diamonds Mine 
    3. HARMONY GOLD MINING COMPANY LIMITED 
    4. MODIKWA PLATINUM MINE 
    5. Richtrau No 177 Pty Ltd t/a Bokoni Platinum Mines (Lebowa Platinum Mines) 
    6. Thusang Metallurgical Engineering Training and Consulting 
    7. VENETIA MINE 



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