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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain and apply environmental safety principles and mechanisms in relation to community issues 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115598  Explain and apply environmental safety principles and mechanisms in relation to community issues 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Society and Environment Interactions 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies Environmental Relations 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
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 intended to enable learners who are working in a community facilitation context to ensure that environmental safety concerns are taken into account. 'Environmental safety' could have a number of emphases. For example farmworkers are exposed to environmental risks when working with pesticides, or there are other occupational health and safety concerns that might apply when members of a community are involved in specific projects like Working for Water or Land Care activities. More generally, a community-based facilitator might focus attention on ensuring adequate water and sanitation facilities, which would entail both environmental resource and community health protection. Other concerns might relate to waste management, energy usage, hazardous substances, industrial pollution, all of which represent some kind of interaction between society and environment, and all of which have potential environment, health and safety implications.

The learner is capable of:
  • Identifying and explaining methods to limit pollution and environmental hazards in a community context
  • Describing and applying mechanisms to assist community members to deal with household waste
  • Describing and demonstrating facilitation methods suitable for assisting members of a specific community to identify and prioritise community environmental risks
  • Describing and demonstrating a process of developing an appropriate community response to a selected environmental risk 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication, literacy and numeracy skills at NQF level 3 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    At this level, and for the purposes of community-based facilitation of social participation, a basic knowledge only is required, in relation to the local context. However, sufficient detail is required to enable community members to identify the components of a society and environment interaction and to understand the linkages and dynamics to a level that supports effective action towards resolving the issue.

    The range should be restricted to local community environmental issues, but should include impacts on health, both individual and public health. Participatory methods such as participatory rural appraisal or equivalents should be used. When society and environment interactions are dealt with these should ideally be actual local examples. Project actions can include direct physical action (e.g. cleanups), advocacy, public information campaigns, lobbying or a combination of these. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and explain methods to limit pollution and environmental hazards in a community context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pollution of various types are identified and described in terms of its impact in a local context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A simple programme to limit water and energy wastage in a local community context is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The need for reporting environmental hazards is explained and appropriate institutions are identified to deal with specific cases. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Correct safety equipment is identified to deal with health and environmental risks in a local community context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Ways of dealing with environmental hazards in a community context are identified and explained using appropriate methods. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe and apply mechanisms to assist community members to deal with household waste. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Disposable, re-usable and recyclable household products are identified and options for dealing with them are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A simple domestic waste minimisation and management system in a local community context is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate facilitation methods to assist members of a specific community are identified and applied to deal with problems associated with household waste or related issue. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply facilitation methods in dealing with environmental risks in a specific community. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Members of a specific community are assisted to identify environmental risks and safety concerns by using appropriate facilitation methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Members of a specific community are assisted to identify the major contributors, and the nature and extent of the contribution to the environmental risk using appropriate facilitation methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Members of a specific community are assisted to analyse environmental risks and safety concerns in terms of their effect and impact on the community and other stakeholders and role-players using appropriate facilitation methods. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe and demonstrate a process of developing an appropriate community response to a selected environmental risk. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A process for assisting community members to identify achievable actions to address an environmental risk in the local community is described and applied to deal with the problem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An action plan is identified and developed which outlines role-players, responsibilities and realistic timeframes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An Information session is planned to deal with questions from the community. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A monitoring or feedback system is developed and maintained to monitor the progress of the action plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A process of reporting to relevant stakeholders and role-players is described with timeframes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Reflection of the actions taken and learning experiences of the process are identified and discussed for future improvement. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessment of this Unit Standard should be contextual and practical as far as possible.
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors, accredited by the relevant ETQA, must have a qualification relating to Society and Environment Interactions or an equivalent qualification at NQF level 5.
  • Moderators must be registered as assessors with the appropriate ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the appropriate ETQA.
  • Moderation should include both internal and external moderation where applicable.
  • Training providers must be accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems by using critical and creative thinking by e.g. utilizing simple and appropriate research methodology and relevant analysis techniques to identify possible solutions to pollution and safety problems in a community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, by organising and planning all activities before conducting a environmental and safety survey. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate presentation and facilitation methods. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by, e.g. relating research findings to existing environmental conditions. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48884   Further Education and Training Certificate (FETC): Community Facilitation in Society and Environment Interactions  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30   
    Elective  57428   Further Education and Training Certificate: Youth Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Elective  80946   National Certificate: Community Development  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  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. ABA Sebenzi 
    2. Amaqamu Project Management and Consulting 
    3. AVAX SA 481 CC. T/A Mandisa Development Services 
    4. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events cc 
    5. Breakeven 59(PTY) Ltd 
    6. Commisioned Training cc 
    7. Dintshang Trading 
    8. EDUTEL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PTY LTD 
    9. IQ Skills Academy (PTY) LTD. 
    10. Kgolo Institute 
    11. Kitso Bokamoso Training Solution 
    12. Leratham Supply Distribution and Enterprise 
    13. Leronsa Trading Enterprise 
    14. MENTORNET (PTY) LTD 
    15. Ntevho-Ketso Training and Recruitement Consultancy cc 
    16. NTI College 
    17. Ntsangalala Business Enterprise 
    18. Professional Development and Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    19. Resonance Institute of Learning 
    20. Retshetse Training Project 
    21. Seanapyane Resources (Pty) Ltd 
    22. Southern African Youth Movement 
    23. Thabelanang t/a Thabelanang Trading Enterprise 
    24. THE GMC GROUP PTY LTD 
    25. Thuto-Botshabelo Training and Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    26. Ulwazi Training & Development 
    27. Vhutshilo Health And Training Organisation 



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