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

Operate safely under/with high voltage equipment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
230421  Operate safely under/with high voltage equipment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
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" 
2006-11-16  2009-02-18  SAQA 0368/06 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2010-02-18   2013-02-18  

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
260919  Operate near and underneath high-voltage equipment  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A learner credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Work safely in the vicinity of or near overhead track equipment.
  • Identify and react to signs and warning boards related to high-voltage overhead track equipment.
  • Operate a high-voltage isolating and earthing switch safely and correctly.
  • Follow the correct procedures pertaining to key exchange and interlocking systems.
  • Identify and verify the correctness of earthing and bonding at a high voltage isolating and earthing switch.
  • Complete the relevant notice to siding users.
  • Perform shunting movements to comply with the company specific electrical safety instructions.
  • Identify OHTE and report related sub standards conditions.

    Thus contributing to the safe running of electric trains as well as ensuring the continuity of power supply in the Rail Sector. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Asic Life Support and First Aid (Ancillary Health Care).
  • Transport Generic Qualification NQF Level 1.
  • Literacy NQF level 3.
  • Numeracy NQF level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because performance must be carried out:
  • Under different weather conditions.
  • During day and night time.
  • Within a specified operational time span.
  • In different yard layouts/stations/sidings/sections.

    This unit standard is applicable to people performing train driving duties. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Work safely in the vicinity of or near overhead track equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal electrical safety definitions are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose of the electrical safely instructions are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The specific electrical safety instructions applicable are explained and demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and react to signs and warning boards related to high-voltage overhead track equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The various high-voltage signs and or warning boards related to high-voltage overhead track equipment are identified and the meaning thereof explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The various high-voltage signs and or warning boards related to high-voltage overhead track equipment are correctly reacted to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sub standard conditions are identified and reported according to company specific electric safety instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Operate a high-voltage isolating and earthing switch safely and correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The correctness of earthing and bonding is identified and verified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relevant notice to siding users is correctly completed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The condition of the high-voltage isolating and earthing switch is checked in accordance with the company safety procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The correct procedures pertaining to key exchange and interlocking systems are followed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The high-voltage isolating and earthing switch is safely and correctly operated in accordance with company electrical safety instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Relevant safety instructions are correctly applied. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform shunting movements to comply with the company specific electrical safety instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Shunting movements are performed to comply with company specific electrical safety instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Handle equipment correctly and safely under high-voltage overhead track equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The equipment is handled correctly and safely near or in the vicinity of high-voltage overhead track equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The related parameters for safe working procedures are explained and applied. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Identify OHTE and report related sub standards conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    OHTE is correctly identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Related sub standards conditions on overhead track equipment are identified and reported in accordance with company specific procedures and instructions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment methods:

    > Practical tests.
    > Written tests.
    > Oral/on-the-job.
    > In situ (on-the-job) observation.
    > Simulation.

    These methods must be carefully selected based on the purpose of the assessment (for example, the written method could be used to assess knowledge, or on-the-job demonstration for practical competence). The assessment must integrate a number of different methods (no less than three of those detailed above) in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes.
  • The following tools may be used to supplement the above minimum assessment methods:

    Valid, reliable and authentic evidence (presented as a portfolio of evidence) from past achievements and experience may serve to supplement the assessment of applied competence. The portfolio should include inter alia:

    > Written statements from persons (e.g. current and / or previous employer, colleague, peer, manager, external customers) confirming competence of the learner.
    > Relevant certificates or awards.
    > Previous assessment records.
    > Logbook or register stating evidence of performance.
  • An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that has been accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA as prescribed.
  • Moderation of assessment will be done by the relevant ETQA as prescribed.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be trained, qualified, certified and re-certified as an assessor in the OHTE/Substation division in accordance with the specific validation regulations relevant to the specific unit standard and registered with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners can understand and explain:
  • Safe work procedures and instructions to work in the vicinity of or near high-voltage overhead track equipment.
  • Identification and reaction to signs and warning boards related to high-voltage overhead track equipment.
  • Operating a high-voltage isolating and earthing switch.
  • Procedures and instructions pertaining to key exchange and interlocking systems.
  • Identification and verification of the correctness of earthing and bonding at a high-voltage isolating and earthing switch.
  • Completion of the relevant notice to siding users.
  • Performing of shunting movements and application of the safety procedures and instructions according to company specific instructions.
  • Identification of high-voltage OHTE and related sub standards conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem-solving

    Learners will be able to solve problems by:
  • Observing and acting upon unsafe conditions before/after switching.
  • Handling material and or equipment under high-voltage equipment.
  • Handling emergency situations e.g. applying first aid, reporting sub standards conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work

    Learners will be able to co-ordinate activities whilst:
  • Performing shunting movements.
  • Inspecting/switching of high-voltage isolating and earthing switch.
  • Reporting sub standard conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and self-management

    Learners will be able to organise and manage oneself by:
  • Identifying and reacting to various signs or warning boards.
  • Performing inspection of high-voltage isolating and earthing switch and OHTE.
  • Completing the relevant notice to siding users.
  • Performing switching of a high voltage isolating and earthing switch.
  • Performing shunting movements safely.
  • Identify OHTE and related sub standards conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation

    Learners will be able to critically evaluate information from visual/audible high-voltage indicators whilst identifying equipment and performing switching. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners will be able to communicate with all role players by utilising various communication media (written, verbal, radios, hand signals, etc.) before/after switching a high-voltage isolating and earthing switch. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Learners will be able to use science and technology by:
  • Switching a high-voltage isolating and earthing switch safely.
  • Identifying OHTE and related sub standards conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems

    Learners will be able to:
  • Understand various systems in sidings or marshalling yards e.g. electrified/non-electrified.
  • Identify OHTE and related sub standards conditions.
  • Apply safe working procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 260919, which is "Operate near and underneath high-voltage equipment", Level 4, 4 credits.

    Values:

    In addition, the following values should be demonstrated:
  • Trustworthiness
  • Safety consciousness
  • Accurateness
  • Responsibility
  • Neatness
  • Willingness to learn
  • Pro-activeness
  • Quality consciousness
  • Time consciousness
  • Flexibility
  • Sobriety

    Supplementary information

    Terminology:

    OHTE refers to overhead track equipment.

    Company specific safety instructions may include but is not limited to:
    > Train working rules.
    > Company specific electrical safety instructions.

    Certification:

    Where learners have been assessed and been found competent, each learner will be issued with a certificate of competence. This certificate will clearly state that the learner may:
    > Work in the vicinity of or near exposed "live" high voltage overhead track equipment.
    > Perform switching of a high-voltage isolating and earthing switch at sidings.

    The certificate should relate to the company's specific validation period.
    Learners should be re-assessed and certified (e.g. three yearly) accordingly. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  57407   National Diploma: Train Driving (Mainline Operations)  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    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. PRASA T/A Metrorail Gauteng South 
    2. School of Rail: Kimberly 
    3. School of Rail: Port Elizabeth 



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