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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply personal safety practices in the water sector 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246459  Apply personal safety practices in the water sector 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Water Sector 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
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
12035  Apply personal safety practices on a wastewater treatment works  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner achieving this unit standard will be able to follow defined occupational health and safety policies and procedures relating to the work being undertaken in order to ensure own safety and that of others in the workplace. The learner, without supervisory responsibilities, will be able to recognise and report hazards to designated workplace personnel and accurately follow workplace procedures relevant to controlling risk in the workplace. The learner will be able to identify and take into account internal and external (environmental) factors that influence safe working practices in any workplace in the water sector.

Learners credited with this unit standard are capable of:
  • Demonstrating knowledge of personal safety practices at the workplace.
  • Identifying and explaining the roles and responsibilities of a health and safety representative.
  • Explaining the health and safety procedures relating to own job.
  • Applying emergency procedures in own work situation.
  • Maintaining good housekeeping practices in a working environment.
  • Identifying and explaining occupational health and safety hazards in the water sector. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in the following:
  • Communication at NQF Level 1.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Current Legislation:
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations.

    Safety signs and symbols:
  • Identify a minimum of three (3) information signs, three (3) instruction signs, three (3) fire prevention signs and three (3) warning signs. Symbols as contained in SANS specifications.

    Safety emergency situations:
  • Fire prevention and evacuation, personal safety actions, rescue.

    Personal protective equipment:
  • Overalls/overalls suitable for working with chlorine, gloves, safety shoes (Steel cap, gumboots, acid resistant), gas mask (dust mask, canister, Compressed Air Breathing Apparatus), face shield. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of personal safety practices at the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of the Occupational Health and Safety Act legislation in the workplace is explained for compliance purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The General Duties of Employees (Section 14) and employees rights and responsibilities regarding safety in the work place are explained in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safety signs and symbols are identified and the purpose is explained for adherence purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Colour code and its purpose is identified and explained for ease of differentiation in accordance with SANS 1091:2004, National Colour Standard. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and explain the roles and responsibilities of a health and safety representative. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of electing and appointing a health and safety representative is explained in terms of the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The roles and responsibilities of the Occupational Health and Safety representative are identified and explained in terms of the legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The roles and responsibilities of the Occupational Health and Safety representative are demonstrated through role-plays. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The role of Safety officer is identified and explained in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The role of the First Aid officer is identified and explained in terms of organisational policies and regulations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the health and safety procedures relating to own job. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal protective equipment is identified and described in terms of its use through examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal protective equipment is examined for possible damages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Procedures for replacing damaged personal protective equipment are identified and explained in accordance with organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safety signs and hazards in own works are identified and described in context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Hygiene procedures at own works are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Handling and lifting techniques of heavy objects are demonstrated in accordance with personal safety principles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Handling and lifting techniques include but are not limited to manual lifting, block and tackle and forklifts.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Personal safety practices regarding workplace and equipment are identified within scope of own work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Dangerous situations, practices and equipment are identified and described for safety purposes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Dangerous situations may refer to working with chlorine, working in confined spaces and the presence of gases such as methane and hydrogen sulphide. Dangerous equipment refers to moving machinery such as rotating shafts.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply emergency procedures in own work situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Emergency policies and procedures are explained in terms of own works context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Emergency situations are identified and described within own scope of work and working environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Procedures for reporting emergencies are explained in accordance with work policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Own responsibilities in an emergency situation are listed and explained to limit possible damage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Personal protective equipment and safety equipment are used in accordance with procedures during an emergency. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Maintain good housekeeping practices in a working environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for keeping and maintaining a clean, healthy and safe working environment are identified and explained in accordance with the work policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ways to maintain good housekeeping practices are described with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Ways include but are not limited to storage, cleaning spills of chemicals and disposing of empty containers.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Categories of chemicals and consumables are classified and described in accordance with organisational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Categories of chemicals may include but are not limited to flammables and non-flammable chemicals.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The purpose and use of a materials safety data sheet is explained to comply with personal health and safety requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Identify and explain occupational health and safety hazards in the water sector. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Occupational health and safety hazards refer to but are not limited to confined spaces such as manholes, tunnels and tanks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The dangers of entering confined spaces are explained in the context of personal health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Confined spaces in the work place are identified and described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Organisational procedures for entry into a confined space are explained and applied to meet health and safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The use of first aid kit in relation to occupational health and safety hazards in the workplace is demonstrated with examples. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA`s policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners should have a knowledge and understanding of:
  • The Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.
  • The importance of personal protective equipment and safety equipment.
  • The importance of knowing how to lift heavy objects.
  • The importance of following emergency procedures.
  • The consequences of not following emergency procedures.
  • The importance of the materials safety data sheet.
  • The importance of using safety barriers and guards.
  • Physical properties of gases in confined spaces. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made in carrying out of the work in a safe manner. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community by following safe work practices to eliminate or minimise incidents. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Plan, organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively by ensuring that tools or protective equipment needed to carry out work is identified, checked, scheduled and obtained to ensure they work correctly and are safe to use in accordance with established work procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information relating to personal safety at the workplace. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the form of oral and/or written presentation to ensure understanding of personal safety at the work place. 

    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 in relation to safety at the workplace when engaging in a range of activities. 

    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 12035, "Apply personal safety practices on a wastewater treatment works", Level 2, 4 credits.

    Integrated Assessment:

    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the unit standards being assessed. Assessors must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge by developing assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment. It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together in an integrated way, thus reducing the overall number of assessments and ensuring that commonalities that exist between a numbers of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    Assessment Option:

    Learners could be assessed using the following methods:
  • Oral or written questions.
  • Observation.
  • Simulation. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  60169   National Certificate: Water and Wastewater Reticulation Services  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 
    Core  58951   National Certificate: Water and Wastewater Treatment Process Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


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