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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Install underground workplace ventilation controls 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244425  Install underground workplace ventilation controls 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
110127  Install underground workplace ventilation controls  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for persons who have to install ventilation brattices and walls or curtaining in an underground workplace.

Persons credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Describe the specified requirements regarding the installation of ventilation controls according to a specific layout.
  • Prepare to install ventilation controls.
  • Install ventilation controls.
  • Perform post installation activities.

    The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard contribute to social and economic transformation and the upliftment and economic growth of the mining and minerals sector by installing ventilation controls as part of the mining process.

    This unit standard is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and understanding of persons responsible for installing ventilation controls in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable, competent and informed workers. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • The ability to read and write at ABET NQF Level 3 or equivalent will facilitate better understanding and proficiency in this unit standard.
  • Determine velocity of air in a workplace by means of the tape method and take appropriate action at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The range of installations must include brattices and walls or brattices and curtaining within any working place that requires ventilation controls to adequately ventilate it.

    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the specified requirements regarding the installation of ventilation controls according to a specific layout. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation of the significant risks and consequences associated with the workplace hazards pertaining to the installation of ventilation controls, is according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Workplace hazards must include those relating to:
  • Ground conditions.
  • Support conditions.
  • Fire.
  • Exposure to unsafe Electrical connections.
  • Working under unsafe roof or sidewalls.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The explanation of the significant risks and consequences associated with the work related hazards pertaining to the installation of ventilation controls, is according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Workplace hazards must include:
  • Handling heavy material and equipment.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The explanation of the various ventilation control systems within an underground workplace is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The explanation regarding the velocity within an underground workplace is consistent with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to install ventilation controls. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The personal protective equipment required is available, in good working order, fit for purpose, and used in accordance with specified requirements. The importance of examining and using the equipment is explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The tools and equipment are examined and defects are dealt with according to specified requirements. The importance of examining of the tools and equipment is explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The location where installation is to take place is examined for workplace hazards and such hazards are dealt with according to specified requirements. The importance of the examination and dealing with hazards are explained in terms of the possible consequences to occupational health and safety. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Workplace hazards must include those relating to:
  • Ground conditions.
  • Support conditions.
  • Fire.
  • Exposure to unsafe Electrical connections.
  • Working under unsafe roof or sidewalls.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Install ventilation controls. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The location where the ventilation controls are to be installed is verified in accordance with specified requirements. The importance of verifying the correct location of the installation is explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The tools and equipment are used according to specified requirements. The importance of correctly using the tools and equipment is explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Work-related hazards are dealt with according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Work-related hazards must include:
  • Handling heavy material and equipment.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Interpersonal interaction is positive, consistent with specified requirements and promotes effective teamwork. The importance of positive personal interaction is explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The ventilation controls are installed in accordance with specified requirements. The importance of complying with the above is explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform post-installation activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools and equipment are prepared and stored for subsequent use and those defective are dealt with according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reports are completed and submitted in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The explanation of the consequences to safety, occupational health and production, if specified requirements are not adhered to whilst performing post-installation activities, is according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include consequences of non-adherence to specified requirements in terms of:
  • Preparation and storage of tools and equipment for subsequent use.
  • Completion and submission of reports.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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 accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • 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 intergrated way in the unit standard.

    Causes and effects, implications of:
  • Hazards and risks not dealt with.
  • Sub-standard work practices.
  • Sub-standard use of tools and equipment.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Installation procedures.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Safety, occupational health and environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Quality policies, standards and agreements.

    Relationships, systems:
  • Interpersonal interaction with team members. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note:
  • The ability of the learner to identify, record and deal with hazardous and unhealthy conditions contributes to his/her problem solving skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note:
  • The ability and willingness of the learner to accept, interpret and delegate work instructions correctly, when and if required, in an appropriate manner indicates that he/she can work effectively as a team member in the bigger organisational structure. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage himself/herself and his/her activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note:
  • The identification of hazardous and unhealthy conditions, the recording thereof and taking appropriate action will indicate that the learner can organise and manage activities in his/her working environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note:
  • The ability of the learner to correct for pressure and temperature and to interpret the information obtained and take appropriate action will indicate proficiency in collecting, organising and evaluating information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.

    Note:
  • The ability of the learner to use visual and language skills will indicate his/her effectiveness to communicate information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, thus showing responsibility towards the environment and occupational health of others.

    Note:
  • The learner demonstrates an understanding of and ability to use advanced mining technology in terms of production, safety and communication. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Note:
  • The ability of the learner to accurately direct air flow and to understand the consequences of not adhering to standards in terms of the safety of all persons working underground. 

  • 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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 110127, "Install underground workplace ventilation controls", Level 2, 2 credits.

    Terminology:

    Specified Requirements:

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

    Legal:
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act, 1996 (Act no 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act no 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives.

    Site Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Voluntary Codes of Practice.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications of 1993.

    Notes To Assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember, we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the learner is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence of the prescribed type and quality as specified in this unit standard that the learner is able to achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well-documented principles of assessment, namely appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.

    Unit Standard Justification:

    Level:

    Attribute; Level;Justification:
  • Skills; Level 2; Moderate in range.
  • Procedures; Level 2; Established and familiar.
  • Context; Level 3; The learner knows all contexts that the process occurs in but a variety and range of contexts occur.
  • Knowledge; Level 3; Some relevant theoretical.
  • Information processing; Level 2; Basic processing of readily available information.
  • Problem solving; Level 2; Known solutions to familiar problems.
  • Orientation of activities; Level 2; Directed.
  • Application of responsibility; Level 2; Under general supervision and quality controlled.
  • Orientation of scope of responsibility; Level 2; Some responsibility towards quantity and quality.

    Average Level: 20/9 = 2.2.
    Actual Level Assigned: 2.

    Credits:

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcome:

    Activity; Hours:
  • Classroom Teaching; 10 Hours.
  • On-The-Job Training; 16 Hours.
  • Mentoring required; 0
  • Other (Specify); 0
  • Total; 26 Hours.

    Credits Achieved: 26/10 = 2.6
    Actual Credits Assigned: 3 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58739   National Certificate: Mining Operations for Underground Hard Rock  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Elective  64909   National Certificate: Small Scale Mining  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    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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    3. ASSMANG LTD 
    4. ASSOCIATED MANGANESE MINES OF SA LTD 
    5. BAFOKENG RASIMONE MANAGEMENT SERVICES PTY LTD 
    6. BANA BA THARI MINING TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY (PTY) LTD 
    7. Barberton Mines (pty) Ltd 
    8. BOOYSENDAL PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
    9. COLLIERY TRAINING COLLEGE 
    10. Concor Projects (pty) Ltd 
    11. CULLINAN DIAMOND MINE (PTY) LTD 
    12. DWARSRIVER CHROME MINE (PTY) LTD 
    13. EASTERN PLATINUM LIMITED 
    14. EVANDER GOLD MINES LTD - KINROSS DIVISION 
    15. FOSKOR Pty Ltd 
    16. Fundisa Zonke Training Academy 
    17. Glencore Operations South Africa (PTY) LTD - Eastern Mines 
    18. Grinaker LTA Mining 
    19. HARMONY GOLD MINING COMPANY LIMITED 
    20. Hotazel Manganese Mines (pty)ltd 
    21. KHUTALA COLLIERY 
    22. MANCAS CONSULTANCY CC 
    23. Marula PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
    24. Mathome Training & Development 
    25. MESSINA PLATINUM MINES 
    26. MODIKWA PLATINUM MINE 
    27. MURRAY & ROBERTS CEMENTATION PTY LTD 
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    29. NORTHAM PLATINUM LIMITED 
    30. Palabora Copper Pty Ltd 
    31. Prisma Training Solutions 
    32. Rand Uranium (Pty) Ltd 
    33. SAFETY TRAINING PRACTITIONERS PTY LTD 
    34. SAMANCOR EASTERN CROME MINES 
    35. SANHS Labour Hire t/a SAN CONTRACTING SERVICES 
    36. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING 
    37. SENZEKO EXECUTIVE RISK CC 
    38. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    39. Sibanye Gold Limited - Beatrix division 
    40. Sibanye Gold Limited - Kloof division 
    41. SMC Mining and Drilling Training Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    42. Technology Risk Solutions 
    43. Triton Training and Development 
    44. TWO RIVERS PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
    45. VENETIA MINE 
    46. WESTERN PLATINUM KAREE MINE 
    47. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 
    48. XTRACT TRAINING SERVICES (PTY) LTD 



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