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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct an investigation into workplace safety, health and environmental incidents 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259617  Conduct an investigation into workplace safety, health and environmental incidents 
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
115087  Conduct a preliminary incident investigation into workplace health, safety and environmental incidents  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard is able to identify and explain the legal and organisational-specific requirements regulating the reporting and investigation of workplace incidents. The learners will be able to complete the required reports and be able to process any physical evidence which may have been collected.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Describing requirements for workplace safety, health and environment incident investigation.
  • Gathering information for workplace safety, health and environment incident investigations.
  • Conducting post-investigation activities. 

  • 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 
  • For the purpose of this unit standard, conducting an investigation is limited to the actions carried out immediately the incident happens or is discovered.
  • Environmental incidents include but are not limited to ventilation incidents.
  • Safety and health incidents refer to hygiene and medicine. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe requirements for workplace safety, health and environment incident investigation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The legal and organisational specific requirements regulating the reporting and investigation of workplace incidents are identified in order to determine applicable governance procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The legal and organisational specific requirements for an investigation into workplace incidents are explained in order to follow the prescribed requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The procedures to be followed when an incident occurs in the workplace are explained in order to facilitate effective management of the incident. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Procedures may include but are not limited to securing the scene, handling of injured persons, handling of fatalities, dealing with work processes and initial reporting.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences of non-compliance with legal and organisational specific requirements are explained in terms of the impact on safety, health and environment in the workplace. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Gather information for workplace safety, health and environment incident investigations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose, type and extent of information required are explained in accordance with prescribed requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Resources required to conduct investigations are identified and selected in accordance with prevailing circumstances. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Resources may include but are not limited to documentation, human resources, tools and materials.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information is gathered in accordance with the prescribed procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The need for gathering accurate and relevant information about workplace incidents is explained in terms of the impact on the quality of the investigation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct post-investigation activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Reports are completed in the required formats in accordance with prescribed requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Reports may include but are not limited to investigation reports, compensation documentation, required Government departmental documentation, and organisational documentation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reports are submitted and communicated to relevant designated persons in accordance with prescribed requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Physical evidence gathered during the investigation is processed according to prescribed requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Resources used during investigations are processed according to specified requirements. 


    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 
    Incident investigation practices and legal requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems which will impact the process of conducting an investigation into workplace health, safety and environmental incidents. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in such a way so as to ensure that the investigation is conducted in a spirit of co-operation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities so that the process of conducting an investigation into workplace health, safety and environmental incidents runs smoothly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information in order to conduct a proper investigation into workplace health, safety and environmental incidents. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively in the recording of information in the reports and when submitting the reports to designated persons. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology where applicable to assist in the gathering and recording of information related to workplace health, safety and environmental incidents. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where the poor conducting of an investigation may lead to unresolved issues. 

    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 115087, "Conduct a preliminary incident investigation into workplace health, safety and environmental incidents", Level 2, 2 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 Programmes.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Organisational Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded Occupational Health and Safety 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  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 
    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.
     
    1. Action Training Academy 
    2. DIMENSIONAL & EDU TRAINING 
    3. Jp Calitz 
    4. Whse Consultants 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.