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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain and store ammunition and explosives in an explosives storage facility 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
421835  Explain and store ammunition and explosives in an explosives storage facility 
ORIGINATOR
QCTO Task Team - Explosive Ordnance 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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  Not Applicable  NQF Level 05  10 
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 for learners involved in the storage of ammunition and explosives. Learners credited with this unit standard will possess the knowledge, skills and techniques required to design and manage an explosives storage facility. This unit standard will contribute towards compliance with legal, safety and organisational requirements related to the warehousing of ammunition and explosives.

Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the design and construction of an explosives storage facility.
  • Explain and calculate the storage facility capacity requirement.
  • Explain explosives and ammunition storage requirements.
  • Store ammunition in an explosives storage facility. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Ammunition and explosives may include but are not limited to small arms ammunition; mortars; grenades; artillery shells; gun ammunition; pyrotechnics; aerial delivered ammunition; naval ammunition; propellants, liquid and solid; high explosives; guided missiles; warheads; devices; and chemical agent substances and components. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the design and construction of an explosives storage facility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of storing ammunition according to its nature is explained in accordance with legal and safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The storage of ammunition is explained according to Government Explosives Category requisites. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The placement of fire fighting class symbols and equipment is explained in accordance with legislative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The location of an explosive storage facility is described in accordance with legal and safety prescripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Traversing requirements in an explosives storage facility are described in accordance with legislation, safety and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The inside and outside safety distances for an explosives storage facility building are calculated using the formulae prescribed in legislation and organisational policy. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain and calculate the storage facility capacity requirement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for maximum ammunition storage limits for an explosives storage facility are explained in terms of legal prescripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The maximum explosives storage limit for an explosives storage facility is calculated using net explosive quantity and the prescribed safety distances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The 'man limit' within an explosives storage facility is explained in accordance with legislation and safety requisites. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain explosives and ammunition storage requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The methods of securing an explosives storage facility are described in order to safeguard the ammunition and explosives content. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Access control to an explosives storage facility is applied to maximise safety and security. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The requirements for storing ammunition and explosives during a thunderstorm are described with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Requirements must include with and without lightening protection.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedure for dealing with ammunition containers is explained with an example of each situation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Situations include but are not limited to opening ammunition containers; damaged ammunition containers and damaged container seals.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Pack ammunition in an explosives storage facility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The legal, safe and secure requirements for the storing of ammunition and explosives are explained with an example of each. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Requirements may include but are not limited to temperature limitations; protection of ammunition from moisture; ventilation requisites; movement and maintenance of clean working conditions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Lots and batches are stacked in accordance with legal, safety, Government Explosives Category; ventilation and organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Broken batch lots are stored according to safety and organisational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Ammunition and explosives storage is monitored to maintain safety standards and manage health risks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The use of transit facilities is explained in terms of the roles and the rules of transit areas. 


    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 QAP.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant QAP.
  • 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 QAP.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant QAP at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Government Explosive Categories and Fire Class Symbols
  • Related sections of the Explosives legislation.
  • Related sections of the Explosive Control Regulations.
  • Related sections of the Occupational Health and Safety legislation. 

  • 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 is demonstrated when learners are capable of identifying leakers and other possible problems within an explosive storage facility and taking the appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community is demonstrated where the individual can coordinate the activities of the personnel working in an explosive storage facility. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities is demonstrated when the learner is able to assist in the process of designing and maintaining a legal, safe and secure explosives storage facility. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively is demonstrated by providing the information that must be displayed at the entrance of an explosive storage facility and through the issuing of verbal instructions to the personnel working in an explosive storage facility. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology is demonstrated when assisting in the designing, maintaining and running of an explosives storage facility. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    The storage of ammunition by GEC and Fire Class symbols, is still in use in South Africa, however international regulations and procedures have changed over the last few years and a new system was developed according to which the hazards of dangerous goods are classified in terms of the UN Hazard Classification Code (HCC) system. Ammunition and explosives are classified by Hazard Division (HD) and Compatibility Group (CG) - amalgamated as the HCC. 

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


    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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