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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of the Code of Practice to address rockfall and rockburst accidents 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
256837  Demonstrate an understanding of the Code of Practice to address rockfall and rockburst accidents 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 
This unit standard will be useful for people who are pursuing a career in Rock Engineering.

This unit standard is intended to promote general skills and understanding of the code of practice to address rockfall and rockburst accidents in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable and informed workers.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Code of Practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of issues included in the Code of Practice.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the process of drawing up a Code of Practice.
  • The process of compiling and implementing the Code of Practice is analysed in terms of applicable risk. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of the Code of Practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The intent of a Code of Practice is explained with reference to the Mine Health and Safety Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The Code of Practice to address rockfall and rockburst accidents is explained with reference to the Guidelines provided by the DME. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Definition.
  • Legal foundation.
  • Legal status.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The content of the Code of Practice is described according to the guidelines provided by the Department of Minerals and Energy. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Introduction chapters.
  • Information chapters.
  • Strategy chapters.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of access to the Code of Practice and related documents by all stakeholders is explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate understanding of issues included in the Code of Practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The aim of the compilation of information chapters into the document is explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Knowledge of locality of mine.
  • Knowledge of local geology (stratigraphy).
  • Knowledge of local mining environment (seismic character, hydrology, reefs).
  • Knowledge of rock related accidents (level, causes, hazards).
  • Knowledge of areas where rock behaviour is similar/different (ground control districts).
  • Understanding of terms and definitions used in the document.
  • Knowledge of risk management systems already in place on the mine.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The term 'ground control district' is explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The need to identify all rock related hazards are explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The need to determine the risks associated with the each rock related hazard is explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The need to derive strategies to reduce the risks associated with hazards is explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The method used to derive the mine specific support design criteria is explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The method used for the mine specific support design is explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate understanding of the process of drawing up a Code of Practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The need to involve representatives from all levels within the organization in the drafting of the Code of Practice is explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The need to conduct hazard identification workshops is explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The basic method of determining ground control districts is described in terms of legal and operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Identify all rock related hazards in all mining areas.
  • Separate mining areas according to hazards encountered.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The basic method of drawing up the required strategies is described in terms of legal and operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Identify all rock related hazards.
  • Determine risks associated with the hazards.
  • Derive strategies to address the hazards by reducing the associated risks.
  • Cross reference strategies to hazards.
  • Monitoring.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The need to consult all stakeholders on the contents of the Code of Practice is explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The need for peer review of the Code of Practice document is explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    The process of compiling and implementing the Code of Practice is analysed in terms of applicable risk. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hazards and risks pertaining to the compilation process are identified and explained in terms of the health and safety of the workforce and the environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The appropriate preventive measures to ameliorate the risks associated with compilation of the Code of Practice are described in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The appropriate preventive measures to ameliorate the risks associated with implementation of the Code of Practice are described in accordance with specified requirements. 


    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 Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding 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 Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with 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, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following items reflect the type of knowledge that the assessor will evaluate:
  • The intent of a Code of Practice with reference to the Mine Health and Safety Act.
  • The Code of Practice to address rockfall and rockburst accidents is described according to Guidelines provided by the DME.
  • The content of the Code of Practice is explained according to the guidelines provided by the Department of Minerals and Energy.
  • The importance of access to this and related documents by all stakeholders.
  • Understanding of basic issues included in the Code of Practice.
  • Understanding of the process of drawing up a Code of Practice.
  • The process of compiling and implementing the Code of Practice.

    Causes and effects (Occupational Health and Safety):
  • Adherence to occupational health and safety requirements.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies and standards:
  • Occupational health, safety and environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Quality policies, standards and agreements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    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 explain the need for a Code of Practice in ensuring the team's safety. 

  • 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 other personnel to assist their understanding and acceptance of the Code of Practice. 

  • 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 understanding of the effect of a diligent compilation of a code of practice on the safety of workers. 

  • 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 
    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 and Safety Act, 1996 (Act 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act 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.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH and S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  62796   Further Education and Training Certificate: Strata Control Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


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