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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Use a high pressure water jetting system to clean surfaces 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
377722  Use a high pressure water jetting system to clean surfaces 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Hygiene and Cleaning 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Cleaning, Domestic, Hiring, Property and Rescue Services 
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 meets the needs of specialised cleaning in the form of high pressure cleaning that uses specialised equipment. The learner will be able to apply the processes and procedural standards for a range of high pressure cleaning assignments, in various cleaning work assignments and contexts.

Learners credited with this unit standard are able to use high pressure water jetting systems to clean surfaces. Users could be in a domestic or industrial environment.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain the hazards and risks associated with high pressure water jetting.
  • Prepare the water jetting system.
  • Operate a high pressure water jetting system to clean surfaces.
  • Perform post cleaning operations. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the hazards and risks associated with high pressure water jetting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Risks associated with the use of a high pressure water jetting unit are explained in terms of different cleaning surfaces. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Risks may include, but are not limited to:
    > Persons in proximity of the water jetting unit in operation and associated accessories, water under pressure, condition of equipment, surface damage, flying debris, open electrical connections, water quality, ergonomic requirements, deterioration of equipment and un-calibrated equipment.
  • Surfaces may include, but not limited to: Steel, aluminium, concrete and masonry.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal protective equipment (PPE) is described in terms of its purpose and application. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    PPE may include, but is not limited to:
  • Hard hat, safety glasses, ear plugs, long sleeve overall, gloves, safety shoes and industry specific PPE (rain suit, steel toe gum boots, face visor, turtle suit/Kevlar suit).
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safety measures in terms of high pressure water jetting systems are explained and demonstrated in accordance with manufactures' and work-site instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety measures may include, but not limited to:
  • High pressure gun safety triggers, foot valve, bursting disc, pressure relieve valve and restrainers.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Consequences of non-adherence to operational requirements are explained in terms of the impact on health, safety and the environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Operational requirements may include, but are not limited to:
  • Legal framework, manufacturers operating instructions, personal protective equipment, selection, examination and transportation of tools, material and equipment, pre-use examination and area examination.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare the water jetting system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools, materials and equipment are identified in terms of the surface to be cleaned. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tools, materials and equipment may include, but are not limited to:
  • Pump unit, hoses and connectors, high pressure gun and accessories.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The condition of tools, materials and equipment are assessed in terms of suitability for the surface to be cleaned. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The procedure to report unsuitable or defective equipment is explained in accordance with work-site or standard procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A worksite is prepared in accordance with operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Preparation may include, but is not limited to:
  • Authorisation, work-site procedure, barricading, equipment, risk assessment and scope of work.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Operate a high pressure water jetting system to clean surfaces. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A high pressure water jetting system is assembled in accordance with manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A high pressure water jetting system is used in accordance with operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Operation must include:
  • Starting procedure of water jetting unit, warning and removal of persons, operating of the water jetting gun, re-positioning or adjustment to the water jetting system.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The impact of unforeseen changes during the operating process is explained in terms of the expected outcome. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Unforeseen changes may include but are not limited to:
  • Weather conditions, permit amendments and water supply.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Cleaning techniques for the various surface types are explained in accordance to operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Techniques must include:
  • Angle of attack, Stand-off distance and nozzle selection.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Cleaning techniques for the identified surface type is demonstrated in accordance with operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Demonstrations may either be actual or simulated work environments.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform end of task procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Work done is inspected in terms of the job specification(s). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Deviations from expected outcomes are explained in accordance with work-site procedure requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Inspection reports are completed in accordance with work-site procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Inspection reports may include, but not limited to:
  • Deviation from expected outcomes, equipment malfunction, insufficient equipment, extension of scope of work, damage to property and etc.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tools, materials and equipment are cared for and stored in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and work-site procedure. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a training provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Health and Safety knowledge.
  • Legal and site-specific requirements.
  • Features and benefits of equipment and machinery. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking:
  • When the learner identifies sub-standard equipment, hazardous conditions, assesses and takes appropriate action. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organization or community:
  • When the learner is willing to accept and interpret work instructions correctly.
  • When the learner communicates with other team members, the client and superiors. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively:
  • When the learner decides what methods, tools and personal protective equipment is required and ensures that they are available and uses them.
  • When the learner communicates to fellow workers his/her intentions and assistance required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the methods of oral and/or written presentations:
  • When the learner communicates with team members, the client and superiors.
  • When the learner reports hazards and sub-standard conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others:
  • When the learner adheres to safety, health and environmental requirements.
  • When the learner understands the principles of high pressure cleaning. 

  • 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:
  • When the learner understands the negative influences of dirty surfaces to the efficiency and aesthetic qualities of work and recreational sites.
  • When the learner understands that failure to identify hazardous conditions and use protective clothing and equipment, can lead to death and injury. 

  • 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 
    Angle of attack:
  • Angle of attack refers to the angle formed between the surface to be cleaned and the water jet.

    Stand-off distance:
  • Stand-off distance refers to the distance between the surface to be cleaned and the nozzle. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  80786   National Certificate: Home-Care Practices  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 
    Elective  36233   National Certificate: Specialist Hygiene and Cleaning Services  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 


    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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