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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct an ergonomic assessment and take appropriate action 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244523  Conduct an ergonomic assessment and take appropriate action 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Occupational Health and Safety 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 for persons who have the responsibility to conduct an ergonomic assessment and take appropriate action.

Persons credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain the concept of ergonomics in the working place.
  • Prepare for and conduct an ergonomic assessment.
  • Perform post-assessment activities. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the concept of ergonomics in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The definitions and relevant terminology regarding ergonomics are stated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The objectives of ergonomics are explained in terms of the multi-disciplinary activities dealing with interactions between humans, their tasks and the working environments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The advantages of applying ergonomic principles in a workplace are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Ergonomic risk factors in the workplace are explained and the influences of ergonomic risk factors upon persons in terms of health, safety, well being and production are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare for and conduct an ergonomic assessment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relevant personal protective equipment and instruments are selected, inspected and the need for each item explained during the course of the inspection. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consequences of entering a workplace without obtaining the relevant permission are explained in terms of health, safety and productivity and such permission is obtained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The area where assessment is to take place is examined and hazards and risks pertaining to health and safety are dealt with whilst a full inspection is given for all actions in terms of consequences to health, safety and productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The assessment is performed in a manner that fosters teamwork and avoids conflict, and data is continuously recorded. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Work related hazards and associated risks pertaining to health and safety are identified and dealt with on a specified manner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Data is collated and a report is prepared and submitted to the relevant supervisor. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform post-assessment activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The results of the ergonomic assessment are analysed and compared with required specifications. Deviations are noted and dealt with accordingly, with full explanations of actions taken. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The instruments are cleaned and stored according to manufacturer's specifications. Defective instruments are marked and set aside for repair and testing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Detailed reports are completed, in the required format, and submitted to designated personnel within the required time. Recommendations for follow-up assessments are noted for future reference. 


    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 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 that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA according the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • 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 
    Solve problems.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to assess and evaluate ergonomic hazards and risk factors in the working place contributes to his/her problem solving ability. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group/organisation/community.
  • Note: The ability and willingness of the candidate to accept and interpret work instructions correctly and to delegate work instructions, when and if required, in an appropriate manner indicates that he/she can work effectively as a team member in the bigger organisational structure. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Note: The ability to identify ergonomic hazards and risk factors will indicate that the candidate can organise and manage activities in his/her working environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to reconcile the information received with actual facts will indicate proficiency in collecting, organising and critically evaluating information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to use visual, mathematics and language skills in the evaluation of ergonomics factors will indicate his/her effectiveness to communicate information. 

  • 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 
    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following categories of documentations:

    Legal:

    Include, but not limited to, pertinent sections of legislation, including associated regulations and other supporting documentation.
  • Range:
    > Occupational health, safety and environment.
    > Mining and minerals.
    > Local government.
    > Mandatory codes of practice.
    > Safety standards.

    Site Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  79808   National Diploma: Occupational Safety  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  63969   National Certificate: Pharmaceutical Sales Representation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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