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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Test for flammable gas in a mining environment by means of a hand held electronic instrument and take appropriate action 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244433  Test for flammable gas in a mining environment by means of a hand held electronic instrument and take appropriate action 
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
116657  Test for flammable gas in a mining environment by means of a hand held electronic instrument and take appropriate action  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful for persons who have to test for flammable gas in a mining environment by means of an electronic hand held instrument and take appropriate action to ensure a healthy and safe environment to work in.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Describe the specified requirements pertaining to the testing for flammable gas.
  • Prepare to test for flammable gas.
  • Test for flammable gas and take appropriate action.
  • Perform post-testing 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 testing for flammable gas as part of the mining process.

    This unit standard is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and understanding of persons responsible to test for flammable gas 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 credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Follow basic occupational health and safety practices underground at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    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 pertaining to the testing for flammable gas. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation of the significant risks and consequences associated with the workplace hazards pertaining to testing for flammable gas, is according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Workplace hazards must include those relating to:
  • Ground conditions.
  • Support conditions.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The explanation of the significant risks and consequences associated with the work related hazards pertaining to testing for flammable gas, is according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Work related hazards must include:
  • Working at heights.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The explanation confirms the specified requirements pertaining to the concentrations of flammable gas allowed in a workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The description of the characteristics and occurrences of flammable gas is consistent with scientific data contained in specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The explanation outlines the importance of testing for flammable gas, according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The explanation confirms understanding of the importance of examining and calibrating the instrument according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The explanation confirms understanding of the instrument's principle of operation, range, use and limitations according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The explanation confirms understanding of the circumstances that necessitate the testing for flammable gas according to specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to test. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The instrument is examined and the calibration verified according to specified requirements. The importance of complying with the above is explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The locality where testing is to take place is examined and such hazards are dealt with according to specified requirements. The importance of examining and dealing with hazards and risks is explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Workplace hazards must include those relating to:
  • Ground conditions.
  • Support conditions.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Permission to enter the workplace is obtained, where applicable, according to specified requirements. The risks of entering a workplace without obtaining permission are explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Test for flammable gas and take appropriate action. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The test for flammable gas is performed according to specified requirements. The importance of testing is explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The result of the test is evaluated and appropriate action is taken according to specified requirements. The importance of evaluating test results and taking appropriate action is explained in terms of the possible 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:
  • Working at heights.
     

  • 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. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform post-testing activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The instrument is returned to the point of issue and defects are reported according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reports are complete, accurate, in the required format, and submitted to designated personnel on time. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The explanation of the consequences to safety, occupational health and production, if specified requirements are not adhered to whilst performing post-testing activities, is according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include consequences of non-adherence to specified requirements in terms of:
  • Returning the instrument and reporting defects.
  • 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 to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated 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:
  • Testing procedure.

    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 sub-standard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

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

    Note: The ability and willingness of the learner to foster teamwork and avoid conflict. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The ability of the learner to indicate what methods, tools and personal protective equipment is required and communicate to fellow workers his/her intentions and assistance required. 

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

    Note: The ability of the learner to reconcile the information from visual and physical examinations and constantly evaluate the changing situation. 

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

    Note: The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazards and sub-standard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective communication. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically 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 recognise the importance of accurately testing for flammable gas 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 116657, "Test for flammable gas in a mining environment by means of a hand held electronic instrument and take appropriate action", 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 can 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: 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 1; Repetitive and familiar.
  • Context; Level 3; Range of familiar.
  • Knowledge; Level 3; Some theoretical knowledge.
  • Information processing; Level 2; Basic processing of readily available information.
  • Problem Solving; Level 2; Known solutions to familiar problems.
  • Orientation of activities; Level 1; Directed.
  • Application of responsibility; Level 2; Under general supervision and quality controlled.
  • Orientation of scope of responsibility; Level 2; Some responsibilities for quantity and quality.

    Average Level: 18/9 = 2.1.
    Actual Level Assigned: 2.

    Credits:

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

    Activity; Hours:
  • Classroom Teaching; 8 Hours.
  • On-The-Job Training; 8 Hours.
  • Mentoring required; 6 Hours.
  • Other (Specify); 0 Hours.

    Total: 22 Hours.

    Credits Achieved: 22/10 = 2.2.
    Actual Credits Assigned: 2. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  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.
     
    1. Adcorp Technical Training 
    2. AMJ Training (Pty) Ltd 
    3. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (V/R) 
    4. ASSMANG LTD 
    5. ASSOCIATED MANGANESE MINES OF SA LTD 
    6. BAFOKENG RASIMONE MANAGEMENT SERVICES PTY LTD 
    7. BANA BA THARI MINING TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY (PTY) LTD 
    8. Barberton Mines (pty) Ltd 
    9. BOOYSENDAL PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
    10. COLLIERY TRAINING COLLEGE 
    11. Concor Projects (pty) Ltd 
    12. CULLINAN DIAMOND MINE (PTY) LTD 
    13. DWARSRIVER CHROME MINE (PTY) LTD 
    14. EASTERN PLATINUM LIMITED 
    15. EVANDER GOLD MINES LTD - KINROSS DIVISION 
    16. FOSKOR Pty Ltd 
    17. Fundisa Zonke Training Academy 
    18. Glencore Operations South Africa (PTY) LTD - Eastern Mines 
    19. Grinaker LTA Mining 
    20. HARMONY GOLD MINING COMPANY LIMITED 
    21. Hotazel Manganese Mines (pty)ltd 
    22. IMPALA PLATINUM LIMITED - RUSTENBURG 
    23. KHUTALA COLLIERY 
    24. MANCAS CONSULTANCY CC 
    25. Marula PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
    26. Mathome Training & Development 
    27. MATLA COLLIERY 
    28. MESSINA PLATINUM MINES 
    29. METSKILL (PTY) LTD 
    30. MODIKWA PLATINUM MINE 
    31. MURRAY & ROBERTS CEMENTATION PTY LTD 
    32. NKOMATI MINE 
    33. NORTHAM PLATINUM LIMITED 
    34. Palabora Copper Pty Ltd 
    35. Prisma Training Solutions 
    36. Rand Uranium (Pty) Ltd 
    37. SAFETY TRAINING PRACTITIONERS PTY LTD 
    38. SAMANCOR EASTERN CROME MINES 
    39. SANHS Labour Hire t/a SAN CONTRACTING SERVICES 
    40. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING 
    41. SENZEKO EXECUTIVE RISK CC 
    42. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    43. Sibanye Gold Limited - Beatrix division 
    44. Sibanye Gold Limited - Kloof division 
    45. SMC Mining and Drilling Training Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    46. Technology Risk Solutions 
    47. Triton Training and Development 
    48. TSHEPO RECRUITMENT MINNING(PTY)LTD 
    49. TWO RIVERS PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
    50. VENETIA MINE 
    51. VUSELELA EMPOWERMENT INSTITUTE PTY LTD 
    52. WESTERN PLATINUM KAREE MINE 
    53. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 
    54. XSTRATA COAL 
    55. XTRACT TRAINING SERVICES (PTY) LTD 
    56. ZULEK TRAINING SPECIALISTS (PTY) LTD 



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