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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain basic safety, health and environmental issues 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244063  Maintain basic safety, health and environmental issues 
ORIGINATOR
Chemical Industries SGB 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
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
14792  Maintain basic safety, health and environmental issues  Level 1  NQF Level 01  10  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners who demonstrate competence as described in the outcomes of this unit standard will be able to maintain basic safety, health and environmental issues in a process environment.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Identify and describe basic health and safety statutory and organisational requirements.
  • Employ safe working practices and report health and safety risks associated within an industrial manufacturing environment.
  • Describe the environmental principles applicable to an industrial manufacturing environment.
  • Describe and implement basic emergency condition practices.
  • Describe and implement good hygiene and housekeeping practices. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence against numeracy and literacy at ABET Level 3 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical context of this unit standard includes any processing environment, for example chemical, minerals or beverage processing.

    Range statements, which are applicable to the unit standard titles, specific outcomes and assessment criteria are found beneath the applicable assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and describe simple health and safety statutory and organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Employers' statutory responsibilities regarding safety, health and environment as described in the OHS Act, are identified and described in terms of an industrial manufacturing environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The role of safety representatives in the organisation is described as applicable to an industrial manufacturing environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Organisational implementation of health and safety structures is described as applicable to an industrial manufacturing environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range of structures includes supporting medical and safety structures as well as the appointment of safety representatives, meetings and inspections.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Organisational implementation of health and safety procedures is described as applicable to an industrial manufacturing environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range of procedures includes the location of fire extinguishers, gas masks, showers, eye washers, first aid equipment, fire exits and assembly points, signs and the requirement for wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Organisational procedures for reporting hazardous situations are described in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Statutory and organisational environmental regulations are described as applicable to an industrial manufacturing environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The general characteristics of waste materials are described as applicable to an industrial manufacturing environment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Employ safe working practices and report health and safety risks associated within an industrial manufacturing environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal protective equipment is worn and safe dress code implemented according to workplace instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safe dress code includes wearing PPE such as hand and foot protection, eye, ear, face and head protection, body protection, the use of hairnets, removal of jewellery and avoidance of loose clothes in plant areas.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Process risks are described as applicable to the workplace. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Risk areas include electrical, heat, cold, high pressure and chemicals.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Risks associated with mechanical-, rotating-, mobile equipment and working at heights are described in terms of the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Risks associated with electrical equipment are described as applicable to the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Risks associated with ergonomics in the workplace are described as applicable to the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Risks associated with irresponsible human behaviour in the workplace are described as applicable to the workplace. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The range of irresponsible human behaviour includes "horseplay", disregarding PPE requirements, disregarding Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), safe working methods and safety signs/pictograms.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Health and safety discrepancies are identified and reported according to SOPs. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Health and safety include issues such as unsafe conditions and acts, chemicals, PPE, exposure tags, colour coding, safeguarding machinery including lockouts and handling electrical points.
  • Reporting should reflect workplace SOPs and terminology.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the environmental principles applicable to an industrial manufacturing environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The responsibility of an organisation to act in an environmentally responsible manner is described as applicable to an industrial manufacturing environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The environmental impact of industrial pollution is described in terms of the workplace. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The description should include examples of spillages, emissions, solid waste, noise, heat and effluent.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Waste control methods as required by industry are described as applicable to an industrial manufacturing environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Waste control methods include recycling, recovery, concentration and treatment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Environmental discrepancies are identified and reported in terms of workplace SOPs and terminology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reasons for decontaminating and labelling equipment before maintenance, scrapping or sale are explained as applicable to an industrial manufacturing environment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe and implement simple emergency procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Emergency types are described with industry examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Emergency types include fire, gas leaks, spillages, explosions, injuries, rescue operations and bomb threats.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different emergency alarm types can be identified and described as applicable to the workplace. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Alarm types include fire, gas, evacuation and "all-clear".
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Alarm can be raised in accordance with procedures during a simulated emergency. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Emergency assembly points and routes are identified and described according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Evacuation procedures are described and adhered to under simulated conditions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Describe and implement good hygiene and housekeeping practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Housekeeping standards and procedures are identified and described as applicable to the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Housekeeping processes and procedures are followed and applied in accordance with workplace instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Housekeeping standards are maintained according to workplace requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Personal hygiene standards are maintained in accordance with workplace requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Standards include physical and mental fitness, cleanliness, food, clothing, exercise, recreation, rest and sleep, regular habits and a healthy mental attitude.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Non-conforming housekeeping and hygiene situations are identified and reported in accordance with SOPs. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 1 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions is required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Qualifying learners understand and can:
  • Identify and describe simple health and safety statutory and organisational requirements.
  • Employ safe working practices and report health and safety risks associated within an industrial manufacturing environment.
  • Describe the environmental principles applicable to an industrial manufacturing environment.
  • Describe and implement simple emergency condition practices.
  • Describe and implement good hygiene and housekeeping practices. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Identifying and reporting environmental discrepancies in terms of workplace Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Identifying non-conforming housekeeping and hygiene situations.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Describe the environmental principles applicable to an industrial manufacturing environment.
  • Describe and implement good hygiene and housekeeping practices. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Acting quickly and orderly in an emergency.
  • Maintaining a high standard of housekeeping within the workplace.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Describe and implement simple emergency procedures.
  • Describe and implement good hygiene and housekeeping practices. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when:

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations during:
  • Identifying and reporting safety discrepancies according to Standard Operating Procedures and terminology.
  • Identifying and reporting environmental discrepancies according to Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Identifying and reporting out-of-line housekeeping and hygiene situations.
  • Displaying the ability to communicate effectively in the work environment with regard to SHE.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Employ safe working practices and report health and safety risks associated within an industrial manufacturing environment.
  • Describe the environmental principles applicable to an industrial manufacturing environment.
  • Describe and implement good hygiene and housekeeping practices. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Identifying environmental risks.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Identify and describe simple health and safety statutory and organisational requirements.
  • Describe the environmental principles applicable to an industrial manufacturing environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by:
  • Recognising that health, hygiene, safety and environmental contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Identify and describe simple health and safety statutory and organisational requirements.
  • Employ safe working practices and report health and safety risks associated within an industrial manufacturing environment.
  • Describe the environmental principles applicable to an industrial manufacturing environment.
  • Describe and implement good hygiene and housekeeping practices. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large by:
  • Understanding the role of SHE in the processing environment and the effect it has on the growth and development of the organisation, its customers and employees.

    Refere to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • 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 14792, "Maintain basic safety, health and environmental issues", Level 1, 10 credits.

    Supplementary Information:

    Terms and definitions:
  • Standard operating procedures (SOPs) means the documented practice(s) defining the who, what, and when of quality activities.
  • PP means personal Protective Equipment.
  • Process means process means the manufacturing process where a product is manufactured using machinery and equipment with limited guidance or control from the learner.
  • Process and operating specifications means the measurements and indications of all variables monitored during operations including temperatures, pressures, speed, flow rates, power consumption, noise, vibration and visual indicators. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  66029   General Education and Training Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  65969   General Education and Training Certificate: Human Settlements Development  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    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. BP SOUTHERN AFRICA (PTY) LIMITED 
    2. CONSOL GLASS LIMITED - CLAYVILLE 
    3. CONSOL LIMITED - WADEVILLE 
    4. JOMELE TRAINING AND PLACEMENTS 



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