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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of preventative maintenance, environmental and safety issues in a computer environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114636  Demonstrate an understanding of preventative maintenance, environmental and safety issues in a computer environment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Information Systems and Technology 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 10 - Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences Information Technology and Computer Sciences 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular-Fundamental  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 is designed to provide credits towards health and safety in the work environment, specifically applicable to the computer industry.

Qualifying learners are able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of preventive maintenance measures and procedures of computer hardware;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of safety measures and procedures of a computer working environment;
  • Explain environmental protection measures and procedures of a computer working environment.

    The performance of all elements is to a standard that allows for further learning in this area. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit value is based on the assumption that people starting to learn towards this unit standard are:
  • Competent in Communications Literacy at NQF level 2
  • Able to describe basic concepts of Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
  • Able to describe basic concepts of electricity
  • Able to identify basic computer components 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard covers:
    The health and safety requirements related to the computer environment. More detailed range statements are provided for specific outcomes and assessment criteria as needed. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the use of preventive maintenance measures and procedures. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the use of preventive maintenance measures and procedures of computer hardware. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The demonstration identifies the causes of computer hardware maintenance. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Over heating, Dust, Electrical Spikes, Thermal creep.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The demonstration covers preventive measure for the causes of computer hardware maintenance. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Ventilation, Liquid cleaning compounds, Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS).
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the use of safety measures and procedures. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the use of safety measures and procedures of a computer working environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The demonstration explains safety measure for different types of fires and which applies to computer environments. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: A, B and C types of fires.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The demonstration covers potential hazards and safety procedures relating to the computer environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: High-voltage equipment, Power supply, Screens.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The demonstration cover Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) and precautions for it. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Conductive rubber mat with grounding cable, grounding wrist strap, Goggles.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain environmental protection measures and procedures of a computer working environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation covers handling of computer components. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Screens, Batteries.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The explanation covers handling of computer peripheral components. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including, but not limited to: Printer toner cartridges, Chemical solvents and cans.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The relevant Education and Training Quality Authority (ETQA) must accredit providers before they can offer programs of education and training assessed against unit standards.

    Moderation Process:

    Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that the possession or lack of the knowledge can be inferred directly from the quality of the candidate's performance against the standards.
  • The different hardware components of a computer, and their basic functioning
  • Peripherals used in a computer environment 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify, solve problems and make decisions:
  • Identify hazards, plan contingencies and identify solutions to hazardous situations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise, and critically evaluate information:
  • Gather, organise and interpret health and safety information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically:
  • Use scientific solutions to problems, like rubber maps, grounding wrist strap etc. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to his/her full personal development and the social and economic development of the society at large:
  • Being aware of the potential environmental hazards of computer and computer-related equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:

    Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.

    Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.

    Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.

    The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgments should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.

    The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.

    All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Supplementary information:

    Definitions:
    A, B and C type fires refers to standard industry known definitions of types of fires. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  78964   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Technical Support  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Core  24293   National Certificate: Information Technology: Technical Support  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2010-01-23  Was MICTS until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  61591   National Certificate: Information Technology: End User Computing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  78965   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Systems Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Elective  24294   Further Education and Training Certificate: Information Technology: Systems Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2010-01-23  Was MICTS until Last Date for Achievement 


    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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    3. AccTech Systems (PTY)LTD 
    4. Acol Computer Training PTY LTD 
    5. Act of Grace 97 
    6. Added Advantage Academy (Durban) 
    7. Afedile M Learning Centre (Pty) Ltd 
    8. Affirmations Training 
    9. All Connections cc 
    10. Amitek Business College 
    11. Anderson College (Pty) Ltd 
    12. Ankalite (Pty) Limited 
    13. Arise Business Centre 
    14. Artshub Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    15. Aspirations Communication Training CC 
    16. ATTI Nelspruit Pty Ltd 
    17. AUM IT Solutions 
    18. Bantsho Marketing & Management Strategies 
    19. Best Information Solutions 
    20. Beth Horner & Associates 
    21. Birnam Business College (Pty) Limited 
    22. Bonalesedi Computer Training 
    23. Bophelo Tota ICT Driving Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    24. Broadband College of Technology 
    25. BTC Campus (Pty) Ltd 
    26. Bytes People Solutions A Division of Altron TMT (Pty) Ltd 
    27. Calandra Trading 523(PTY) 
    28. Cape Innovation Technology Initiative 
    29. Cape Town Society for the Blind 
    30. Certified Workforce Trainers cc. 
    31. Claas Illustration 
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    34. CompEd IT Training 
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    39. DC Dynamic College of Commerce & Further Training (Pty) Ltd 
    40. Ditlotlo Trading Enterprise Cc 
    41. DVG Property (Pty)Ltd 
    42. Eagle Computer Training 
    43. Eastern Cape Academy of Technology 
    44. Egsibit Training and Development 
    45. Ekasi IT Solutions CC 
    46. Ekurhuleni Computer College 
    47. Elangeni Training Institute 
    48. Fakazani Management Services 
    49. Falcon Business Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    50. Far-Ahead Computer Training Centre Cc 
    51. Forek Institute of Technology (Pty) Ltd 
    52. Fort Hare Solutions (PTY) LTD 
    53. Gabasega Consulting and Training Centre 
    54. Gauteng College of Engineering and Technology (PTY) LTD 
    55. GDE Science Education Centre 
    56. Gegana Computer Academy and Business Solutions cc 
    57. Golden Step Campus (Pty) Ltd. 
    58. Goldfields TVET College 
    59. Goodwill Institute Of Technology 
    60. Gurandbuilt Management Development 
    61. Hazyview Computer College 
    62. Hectic Productions cc 
    63. iLearn Corporate Services PTY LTD 
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    65. Indonsa Consulting and Training cc 
    66. Information Technology Resource Centre 
    67. Institute of Training and Education for Capacity Building 
    68. ISAMON VOCATIONAL COLLEGE OF EXCELLENCE 
    69. iSolve Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    70. Jeppe College of Commerce and Computer Studies 
    71. Johannesburg Institute of Engineering & Technology 
    72. John Taolo Gaetsewe Developmental Trust 
    73. Keybase Training Solutions Cc 
    74. Kezla Investments 
    75. King Sabata Dalindyebo TVET College 
    76. Kondi Computer Training 
    77. Kumani Computer College 
    78. Leading Edge Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    79. Lephalale Core Skills Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    80. Lesedi Consulting 
    81. Leseding Computer Systems (Pty) Ltd 
    82. LGIT Smart Solutions 
    83. Limco Consulting and management (Pty) Ltd 
    84. Loja Trading cc 
    85. Mackeys Computing (Pty) Ltd 
    86. Malope IT Solutions 
    87. Masana Brainstorm Conferencing cc 
    88. Mash Computer Training 
    89. Mass Computer Training And Printers 
    90. MasterGrade IT 
    91. Mokk Consultants Cc 
    92. Mosadikago Trading Cc 
    93. Mourema Computer Training Centre 
    94. Mpisholo Training Solutions 
    95. Mthonyama Technologies cc 
    96. National Computer College Carletonville 
    97. National Computer College Cc 
    98. NCM Computer and Business Academy 
    99. Ndabezitha Life Skills Training Institute 
    100. NetCampus (Pty) Ltd. 
    101. New Era Computer Training Centre (Hidobyte CC) 
    102. Ngubeni Corporation 
    103. Ntamunde Investment 
    104. Ocule IT cc 
    105. On the Ball College Pty ltd 
    106. Overcomers Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    107. Pillays Computer and Careers 
    108. Prophesy Training College (Pty) Ltd 
    109. PROSERV SA (PTY) LTD 
    110. Protech Business and Computer College Pty Ltd. 
    111. Qhakaza Management Services 
    112. Rand Training College 
    113. Reaithuta Computer Academy 
    114. Regent-Comp 
    115. Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology Pty Ltd 
    116. Ron and Becky Trading 
    117. Rorisang Computer (Pty) Ltd 
    118. Sankin Computer Training Pty Ltd 
    119. Sas Institute Pty Ltd 
    120. Sebata Municipal Solutions (Pty) Limited 
    121. SEDIBENG 
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    124. Siyabonga Multi - Purpose Centre 
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    126. South Africa Advanced Skills Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    127. Southern Africa Youth Project NPC 
    128. Sovereign Skills Development Institute (Pty) 
    129. Springfield Training (Pty) Ltd 
    130. Star Light Consulting 
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    132. Taal-Net Training Institute 
    133. Terry Computer Services cc 
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    135. Tira Telecoms 
    136. Titan Trade Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    137. Torque Technical Computer Training (Pty) Ltd 
    138. Tshwane College of Commerce and Computer 
    139. Tumelo Education and Training 
    140. Turnstone Trading 183 (Pty) Ltd 
    141. Umbuso Training Services (Pty) Ltd. 
    142. Vukani Solutions 
    143. Vuthlari Marketing Consulting (PTY)LTD 
    144. Waterberg TVET College 
    145. Whitestone College 
    146. Y2K COLLEGE 
    147. Zealot Business College cc 
    148. ZJ Africa Learn (Pty) Ltd 



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