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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Facilitate the prevention of fatigue in the workplace 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260480  Facilitate the prevention of fatigue in the workplace 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ancillary Health Care 
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 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 employees involved in, inter alia, shift work, heavy-duty vehicle drivers, aircraft pilots and any other stressful situations. It will assist individuals to understand the physiological and psychological effects of fatigue.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Describing the causes of fatigue.
  • Demonstrating an understanding the prevention of fatigue.
  • Applying methods to deal with fatigue in the workplace. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication at NQF Level 1, ABET Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the causes of fatigue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The fundamental anatomy and function of the endocrine system is explained in relation to the causes of fatigue. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Fundamental anatomy includes, but is not limited to, brain, digestive system and renal system.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effects of specific medical conditions and prescribed medication on state of alertness of the individual are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Medical conditions include but are not limited to diabetes, hypertension, sleep and ageing, women and sleep, anaemia, depression, anxiety, irritability, chronic pain and infections.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effects of alcohol, caffeine and illegal substances on the brain are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Environmental conditions are described in relation to occupational health and safety. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Environmental conditions include, but are not limited to, workplace, shift work, type of work, over-time, work culture, noise, heat and personal circumstances.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The signs and symptoms of progressive fatigue are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the prevention of fatigue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of eating regular, healthy and well-balanced meals is described in terms of according to the type of work performed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relevance of regular exercise and relaxation is explained and the consequences of non-compliance are indicated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The need for sleep and the effect of chronic sleep interruption on the body are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Effects on sleep include, but are not limited to, biological clock, circadian rhythm, sleeping patterns, quality and quantity of sleep, aging and sleep, women and sleep.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply methods to deal with fatigue in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Fitness for work of the employee according to personal appearance is described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Fitness for work includes, but is not limited to, alertness, presence of physical conditions with and without medical treatment, psychological strain, napping, rest and 'Mondayitis'.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Self-management of a healthy life-style is discussed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Healthy self-management includes, but is not limited to, nutrition, type of meals, number of meals, ways to boost physical and mental energy, vitamin supplementation, exercise, correct sleeping habits, social conditions, and home life.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The need for referral of a fatigued employee is discussed according to company policy and procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Company policy and procedures include, but are not limited to, employee assistance programmes, medical examinations, adjustment to shift work.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place with the relevant ETQA, according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Standards set according to legislation as per, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Conditions of Employment Act, Equity Act, Labour Relations Act, and Skills Development Act.
  • Company Policies and Procedures.
  • Fundamental Anatomy and physiology of the Endocrine, digestive and renal systems.
  • Biological Clock and Circadian rhythms.
  • Fatigue: Definition; causes; prevention; management. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solve problems relating to the mechanisms of prevention and managing fatigue. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively and support of others as part of a team during shift work and accepted normal working hours. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organizing and managing oneself and ones activities responsibly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Using visual and language skills in communicating with others including referral services. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively with regard to information, communication systems and referrals. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems with regard to fatigue and the prevention of industrial accidents. 

    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 
    Credit Justification:

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcomes:

    Activity; Hours; Credits:
  • Classroom learning; 15 Hours; 1.5 Credits.
  • Scenario/Role play; 10 Hours; 1.0 Credits.
  • Self directed learning; 05 Hours; 0.5 Credits.

    Total = 30 Hours; 3 Credits. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  64749   National Certificate: Community Health Work  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 


    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. Philani Training and Development Solutions NPC 



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