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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain the quality of products in a production environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244075  Maintain the quality of products in a production environment 
ORIGINATOR
Chemical Industries SGB 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 demonstrate competence as described in the outcomes of this unit standard will be able to maintain the quality of products in a processing environment.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Perform quality checks on incoming materials.
  • Perform quality checks on processed products.
  • Perform quality checks on final products.
  • Take corrective action to address non conforming results. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence against mathematical literacy and literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical context of this unit standard includes any processing environment, for example chemical, minerals or beverage processing.

    Range statements, which are applicable to the unit standard titles, specific outcomes and assessment criteria are found beneath the applicable assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Perform quality checks on incoming materials. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Incoming materials may include the incoming raw materials, consumables, components and packaging. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The impact and cost of non-conforming materials are explained as applicable to a processing environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Quality standards for each of the incoming materials are defined in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Samples of incoming materials are taken in accordance with operating procedure, schedule and safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Samples are subjected to quality checks or tests in accordance with (standard operating) instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Specialised quality checks such as laboratory analysis may be done by specialist entities.
  • Checks could include visual inspection, chemical analysis, physical testing, measuring with rulers, verniers, micrometers, gauges, scales, go/no go gauges, comparison to master samples, etc.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Results are analysed for conformance to given operating parameters. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Perform quality checks on processed products. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Products may include intermediate products and waste products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The impact and cost of non-conforming products are explained in terms of the processed products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Quality standards and requirements for each of the products are defined in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Samples of products are taken in accordance with operating procedure, schedule and safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Samples are subjected to quality checks or tests in accordance with (standard operating) instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Specialised quality checks such as laboratory analysis may be done by specialist entities.
  • Checks could include visual inspection, chemical analysis, physical testing, measuring with rulers, verniers, micrometers, gauges, scales, go/no go gauges, comparison to master samples, etc.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Results are reported in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform quality checks on final products. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Products may include by-products and finished products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The impact and cost of non-conforming products are explained in terms of the final products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Quality standards and requirements for each of the products are defined in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Applicable quality specifications are explained and interpreted in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Samples of products are taken in accordance with operating procedure, schedule and safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Samples are subjected to quality checks or tests in accordance with (standard operating) instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Specialised quality checks such as laboratory analysis may be done by specialist entities.
  • Checks could include visual inspection, chemical analysis, physical testing, measuring with rulers, verniers, micrometers, gauges, scales, go/no go gauges, comparison to master samples, etc.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Results are reported in accordance with workplace proedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Take corrective action to address non conforming results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Test results are interpreted as per workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Corrective actions are implemented in accordance with (standard operating) instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Corrective action may include reporting results, adjusting process, rejecting products or having products (re)processed or adjusted.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The impact of corrective actions is monitored and further corrective action initiated where necessary. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Corrective actions are documented in accordance with workplace procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 2 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Only an assessor with considerable first hand experience in maintaining quality in a processing environment will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an Assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions is required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Qualifying learners understand and can explain:
  • Prescribed hygiene, safety and housekeeping procedures.

    Names and functions of:
  • Measuring equipment.
  • Quality terminology.
  • Defects.
  • Quality concepts, e.g. non-conformance.

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties:
  • Types of defect.
  • Types of physical measurements.
  • Types of measuring tools and equipment.


    Sensory cues:
  • Cues for different defects (visual, audio, smell, feel).

    Purpose of:
  • Quality checks and procedures.
  • Reporting incidents and conditions.

    Processes, events, causes and effects, implications:
  • Implications of non-conformance.
  • Causes and responses to common problems.
  • Basic conversion or manufacturing process.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Testing and measuring procedures.
  • Recording and reporting procedures.
  • Reading instruments.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Quality standards and specifications.

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Measuring units.
  • Concepts of quality assurance related to this activity.

    Relationships, systems:
  • Relationship between customer needs and product specifications. 

  • 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 display that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Analysing and interpreting quality/test results relative to operating parameters and assessing the consequences of not adhering to these.
  • Implementing corrective actions.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Following the prescribed sampling procedures and schedules in a consistent and methodical way.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Perform quality checks on incoming materials.
  • Perform quality checks on processed products.
  • Perform quality checks on final products. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Through material testing and critically evaluating and classifying test results.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Perform quality checks on incoming materials.
  • Perform quality checks on processed products.
  • Perform quality checks on final products. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
  • Recording and reporting measurements and corrective actions taken.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • The effective and critical application of measuring and testing equipment and instruments.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Perform quality checks on incoming materials.
  • Perform quality checks on processed products.
  • Perform quality checks on final products. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by:
  • Responding to quality problems as part of the quality chain from manufacturing to customer.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large by:
  • Understanding the role of quality products and maintaining quality in a production environment and the effect it has on the growth and development of the organisation, its customers and employees.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • 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 
    Supplementary Information:

    Terms and definitions:
  • Standard operating procedures: The documented practice(s) defining the who, what, and when of quality activities.
  • Process: Process means the manufacturing process where a product is manufactured using machinery and equipment with limited guidance or control from the learner.
  • Deviation: Deviations are variations from a specified value or range of values that remain constant during normal operation.
  • Process and operating specifications: The measurements and indications of all variables monitored during operations including temperatures, pressures, speed, flow rates, power consumption, noise, vibration and visual indicators. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  66269   General Education and Training Certificate: Lumber Milling  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 
    Core  78527   National Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Core  61929   National Certificate: Pulp and Paper Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 
    Elective  58955   National Certificate: Chemical Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 


    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.
     
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    4. LIVINAMIX INVESTMENTS (PTY) LTD 
    5. Lomkhethi Trading Enterprise 
    6. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD 
    7. MPACT 
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    9. VEB CELE & Associates (Pty) Ltd 
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