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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain emergency preparedness and response procedures 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259597  Explain emergency preparedness and response procedures 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Occupational Health and Safety 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Preventive Health 
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
116533  Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of emergency preparedness and response  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 
13222  Deal with safety, health and environmental emergencies in the workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard is able to distinguish between an emergency and an incident as well as understanding the different types of emergencies that may take place in the workplace. The learners will be able to explain the types of emergency alarms in the workplace, the procedures for responding to them and the methods and procedures which need to be applied in an assembly area after an alarm.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining different types of emergencies that may be encountered in a workplace.
  • Explaining various responses to an alarm.
  • Explaining actions required of a safety officer in an assembly area.
  • Explaining the functions of an emergency control centre. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain different types of emergencies that may be encountered in a workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The differences between an emergency and an incident are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Probable types of emergencies that may occur in a specific workplace are listed in order to identify the most likely to occur. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Types of emergencies include, but are not limited to, fires, explosions, floods, sink holes, chemical spills and leaks, electrical accidents, natural disasters, mechanical incidents, gas and fume emissions, radiation, bomb threats and possible riots from within and from outside the workplace.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The most likely types of emergencies that may be encountered in a workplace are determined according to industry type and workplace conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Effects of these emergencies in the workplace are described in terms of their impact on personnel health, safety and production. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain various responses to an alarm. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Types of alarms that must be responded to are described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Procedures to be followed in the event of specific alarms are explained in terms of worksite emergency policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The purposes of mandatory, statutory and informative warnings and signs are explained according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of adhering to the symbolic signs is explained in terms of responding to an alarm. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain actions required of a safety officer in an assembly area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Procedures to account for all evacuated parties are explained in accordance with safety and workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods utilised to account for and record all parties not evacuated are explained with examples in terms of the impact on people and emergency workers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Procedures to organise emergency teams are explained with reference to speedy response time by mutual aiders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Information to be provided to mutual aiders is explained in terms of them rendering a professional service. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Mutual aiders may include but are not limited to fire brigade, first aiders, police, medical personnel, rescue teams and traffic police.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the functions of an emergency control centre. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Records required of the events of an emergency are explained in terms of regulations and organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Communication structures at the emergency are explained with examples of how they work and flow. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Types of information required to manage the emergency are explained in terms of regulatory requirements and safety of people and property. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Organisational emergency policies and procedures. 

  • 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 the process of responding to a type of emergency. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities in order to have available all the required information on how to prepare and respond to emergencies in the workplace. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information which may be passed on to mutual aiders in the case of an emergency. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where not knowing how to respond to an emergency situation in the workplace could lead to injuries and the loss of life. 

    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 the following unit standards:
  • ID 116533: Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of emergency preparedness and response, NQF Level 2, 2 Credits.
  • ID 13222: Deal with safety, health and environmental emergencies in the workplace, NQF Level 2, 4 Credits.

    Terminology:

    "Specified requirements" include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Relevant current legislation, regulations and directives pertaining to mining and occupational health and safety.
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • South African National Standards and other relevant Standards.

    Site Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Organisational Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OHS Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications.
  • Acceptable subject related theory. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  71950   National Certificate: Automotive Components: Manufacturing and Assembly  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Core  66512   National Certificate: Foundry Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2013-11-07  MERSETA 
    Core  79686   National Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Core  74269   National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Core  90656   National Certificate: Mine Ventilation  Not Applicable  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Elective  79806   National Certificate: Occupational Hygiene and Safety  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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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    4. Bell Equipment Company SA (Pty) Ltd (ALTON) (TP) 
    5. BPC HR Solutions (PRETORIA) (TP) 
    6. Bravospace 139 cc T/A Metro Skills Academy (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    7. Career Pathing Solutions (Pty) Ltd (KRUGERSDORP) (TP) 
    8. Cd Kay Clough 
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    10. CREATIVE FOUNDATION TRAINING 
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    12. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
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    14. HV Consultants (Pty) Ltd (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    15. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP) 
    16. Jericho Safety Consultants (Pty) Ltd (TP) 
    17. Mercedes Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd (CENTURION) (TP) 
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    25. Russ Projects T/A Academy Workplace Development (AWD) (HARRIETDALE) (T 
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    28. Skills Resource Group (PTY) Ltd 
    29. SSS Sheet Metal Work cc T/A Sheetech SA (DURBAN) (TP) 
    30. THE NEW RECLAMATION GROUP (PTY) LTD (Prospecton) (TP) 
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    32. Tsoho Training & Development T/A Tsoho Training (BRITS) (TP) 
    33. Tubular Holdings (Pty) Ltd (EMALAHLENI) (TP) 
    34. Wide Horizon Advanced Training (PORT ELIZABETH) (TP) 
    35. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    36. WISPECO ALUMINIUM (Alrode)(Project Site NVC)(TP) 
    37. Y3K Training cc (CAPE TOWN) (TP) 
    38. Ziphi Nkomo Training Services 



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