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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Legislations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246667  Demonstrate an understanding of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Legislations 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Telecommunications 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 acquiring this standard will be learning towards obtaining a national qualification or are working within a health and safety environment, where acquisition of competence against this standard will add value to learner's job, or chances of finding employment.

The knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated in this unit standard are essential for upliftment, social and economic transformation in the Telecommunications environment.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of the Act and Regulations.
  • Explain the requirements for minimum compliance stipulated in the Act.
  • Conduct inspections to identify hazards.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the National Environment Management Act.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Environment Conservation Act. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Credits assigned to this Unit Standard are based on the assumption that learners have attained competence to read, write, and communicate, are mathematically literate and can implement workplace safety, health and environmental principles and procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this unit standard includes but is not limited to:
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 (OHSA) (as amended).
  • National Environment Management Act.
  • Environment Conservation Act.

    The context of this unit standard is performed within structures where stationery, transportation, support structure, communication media, company policies and procedures, cultural ethics, business ethics, work environment, professional conduct and quality standards. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of the Act and Regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The site specific safety report must conform to the OHSA in terms of compliance criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The principles of OHSA are described with reference to Act Regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of non compliance are described within the generic framework of the Act relative to the duties of employer, employees and contractors. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The accountability of the Chief Executive Officer or person deemed to be the Chief Executive Officer under the Act is described in terms of the legal implications of non-compliance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Inspection progress and scope coverage is monitored and documented in accordance with written instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the requirements for minimum compliance stipulated in the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The Health and Safety structure conforms to the OHSA written instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The Heath and Safety appointments must conform as indicated in the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Responsibilities and accountability are described in terms of the duties of the three designated appointments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Explain the obligation of the employer to provide the means to comply with the Act with reference to resources and financing. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct inspections to identify hazards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pre-use and audit inspections reports are conducted in accordance with specified requirements for the intended type of inspection. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The potential life, safety and damage hazards are identified in accordance with specified requirements during the pre-use and audit inspection report. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Hazard identification is carried out according to site specified safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Unsafe Conditions observed are compared to specified ACT requirements and identified deviations are recorded accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Workplace is inspected and a report is generated on workplace hazards and associated risks as prescribe by OHSA inspections list. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the National Environment Management Act. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    To provide for co-operative environmental governance by establishing principles for decision-making on matters affecting the environment, institutions that will promote co-operative governance and procedures for co-ordinating environmental functions exercised by organs of state, and to provide for matters connected therewith. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the National Environment Management Act, the concept of duty of care is explained with reference to pollution, environmental damage and remediation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A workplace inspection is carried out to determine conformance to prescribed standards of the National Environment Management Act and results are recorded in a prescribed manner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Liability relating to environmental damage is explained with reference to the company, directors and employees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Extension of liability is explained in terms of people's legal standing and type of liability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The concept of civil liability is explained with reference to NEMA. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The concept of criminal liability is explained with reference to NEMA. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Offences that could result in extension of liability under NEMA are named with reference to related legislation dealing with air, water and environmental cover. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding that conforms to set criteria of the Environment Conservation Act. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    To provide for the effective protection and controlled utilization of the environment and for matters incidental thereto. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Requirements for waste management are explained with reference to the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Criminal liability for non-compliance is explained with reference to the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relationship between this Act and NEMA is explained with reference to extension of liability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Activities that require environmental impact assessments are named with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The basic requirements for conducting environmental impact assessments are explained for a specific scenario. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by a relevant ETQA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programmes that result in the outcomes specified for this Unit Standard. Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA. The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this Unit Standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Learners are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the learner's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the Unit Standard.

    Credited learners understand and can explain:
  • Definitions and terminology contained in legislation and specified requirements.
  • Objectives of the relevant legislation.
  • The importance of complying with the relevant legislation.
  • Statutory requirements applicable to health and safety representatives and health and safety committees.
  • Description of the statutory requirements of employers, employees other persons in so far as they have an effect on the functions, duties and responsibilities of workplace health and safety representatives.
  • Monitoring of compliance with health and safety agreements.
  • Specified content requirements of health and safety agreements.
  • Responsibilities of stakeholders as contained in health and safety agreements.
  • Monitoring of compliance with environmental legislation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Learners are capable of identifying and solving problems in which responses show that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made in identifying potential environmental risks at a specific organisation and developing a plan to ensure sustainable management for a specific site. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Learners are capable to organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively taking into account the activities around the hazard identification process, environmental considerations and ensuring that their actions are complementary. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Learners are capable of collecting, organising and critically evaluating information in identifying and quantifying the risk at a specific site. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners are capable of communicating effectively in explaining the relationships between the Acts and the consequences of non-compliance. 

    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 by understanding the potential impact of hazards on overall workplace objectives, including health, safety and environment. 

    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 
    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 learner competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then 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. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  65789   National Certificate: Construction Plant Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Core  65709   National Certificate: Construction: Steelwork  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  49795   National Certificate: Rail Construction and Maintenance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  61595   Further Education and Training Certificate: Business Administration Services  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  65989   Further Education and Training Certificate: Human Settlements Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
    Elective  61670   Further Education and Training Certificate: Railway Construction and Maintenance  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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. Amokoro Training (PTY) Ltd 
    2. Aveng Grinaker -LTA Civil Engineering 
    3. Boston City Campus and Business College (PTY) Ltd 
    4. Business Management Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    5. DiphitlheleloTechnical Services 
    6. IZWE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    7. KHULA MINI CONSULTING SERVICES (PTY) LTD 
    8. Learning Exchange (PTY) Ltd 
    9. MTL Training and Projects 
    10. Success in Action cc 
    11. TEC HRD CONSULTANTS 
    12. The Skills Matrix cc 
    13. Tjeka Training Matters Pty Ltd 
    14. Training Force (Pty) Ltd 
    15. Transvaal Training 
    16. UTHUNGULU HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT 



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