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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of blasting accessories 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
258013  Demonstrate knowledge of blasting accessories 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Bomb Disposal and Explosives Control 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
117467  Identify, apply and implement different blasting accessories, initiating systems and blasting techniques  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  22   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for learners within the bomb disposal, explosives, pyrotechnics, demolitions and blasting environment who need to have a practical understanding of blasting accessories such as detonators, detonating relays, igniter cords, safety fuses and shock tube assemblies. Learners will also understand the importance of manufacturer's specifications and legal prescripts when handling blasting accessories. The competencies achieved by the learner in this Unit Standard will not only lead to the improved safety of the learner during the handling of blasting accessories but will also lead to a safer society for South African citizens.

A learner credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Describe blasting accessories.
  • Handle blasting accessories.
  • Compile a drawing of a firing train. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Physical Science at NQF Level 4.
  • The Unit Standard "Demonstrate an understanding of explosives" at NQF Level 5. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe blasting accessories. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Types of blasting accessories are described according to their properties as specified by manufacturer's specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Types may refer to but are not limited to detonators, detonating relays, igniter cord, safety fuse and shock tube assemblies.
  • Properties refer to but are not limited to burning speed, explosives content, delay timing, colour coding, length and sensitivity.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Blasting accessories are described according to their purposes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Purpose refers to the original use for which blasting accessories was designed and manufactured.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Blasting accessories are described according to their uses and applications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Uses may also refer to the various uses such as in a bomb disposal context that may differ from the original use when manufactured.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Blasting accessories are described in terms of their limitations and advantages. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Handle blasting accessories. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Blasting accessories are handled in line with safety and manufacturer's specifications. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety refers to but is not limited to safety prescripts as contained in Material Safety Data Sheets.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Blasting accessories are handled in line with legal prescripts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legal prescripts refers to but are not limited to legal prescripts as contained in the Explosives Acts and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Compile a drawing of a firing train. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explosive train in a blasting operation is described in terms of successful initiation of explosives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given of the placement of blasting accessories in an explosive train. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Individual blasting accessories are illustrated in a schematic drawing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Placement of blasting accessories in a firing train is illustrated in a schematic drawing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Electric, non-electric and electronic systems are differentiated within the schematic drawing of the explosive train. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • 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 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Compiling a drawing of a firing train. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Compiling a drawing of a firing train. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • Blasting accessories. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Describing blasting accessories.
  • Compiling a drawing of a firing train. 

  • 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 117467, "Identify, apply and implement different blasting accessories, initiating systems and blasting techniques", Level 5, 22 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  63229   National Diploma: Bomb Disposal  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  90652   National Certificate: Ammunition Fitting  Not Applicable  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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