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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|National Certificate: Occupational Safety|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|58625||National Certificate: Occupational Safety|
|SGB Occupational Health and Safety|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|The individual Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.||SFAP - Sub-framework Assignment Pending|
|National Certificate||Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services||Preventive Health|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||145||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
Learners credited with this qualification will be able to report and advise on occupational safety factors in a variety of working environments, so that a high level of health and safety may be maintained. They will be able to apply supervisory skills based on essential knowledge, and be able to take proactive and reactive measures in order to maintain a healthy and safe working environment. The qualification is designed to be flexible and accessible.
Learners credited with this qualification are capable of:
The impact of occupational safety on the social and economic environment in South Africa and internationally is significant. Exposure to poor working conditions and unsafe practices impacts on employee well-being and impedes worker productivity, resulting in financial loss. As a result of this indirect costs are also incurred and may include poor morale, poor productivity and excessive downtime. Looking at monetary value only, improved conditions in the workplace could influence the South African economy in direct costs alone to the value of millions of Rands each year. Accepted research in the field of Occupational Safety indicates that indirect costs (production loss, building and plant damage, tool and equipment damage, replacement costs, etc.) outstrip direct costs by up to R53.00 for every R1.00 of direct costs (medical costs, lost time cost, compensation costs). Various companies have experienced that the integration of occupational health and safety into the core business processes leads to decreases in the accident rate, thus leading to a more favourable financial situation.
This qualification aims to meet the demand for learners who are able to facilitate a safe, healthy and productive working environment.
There is a critical need in industry to recognise learner competence regarding supervision related to safety management ensuring a healthy, safe and productive working environment. This qualification is a step along a career path of specialisation in Occupational Safety and is generic enough to allow maximum mobility within its scope of application.
The learning pathway in Occupational Health and Safety can be accessed from NQF Level 2, and Level 3 and 4 qualifications follow. These will qualify the learner to access the National Certificate at NQF Level 5 and subsequently, the National Diploma at NQF Level 5.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
Competence in the FETC in Occupational Hygiene and Safety (NQF Level Four) will facilitate learning towards this qualification.
Recognition of Prior Learning:
This qualification can be achieved wholly, or in part, through recognition of prior learning. Evidence of competency can be presented in a variety of forms, such as previously obtained, equivalence-rated international or local qualifications, verified portfolios of evidence of previous relevant work done and performance records. Learners who have met the requirements of any unit standard that forms part of this qualification may apply for recognition of prior learning to the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA) or ETQA which has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
Access to the qualification:
Access to this qualification is open to any learner although it will be to his/her advantage to have an understanding of occupational safety before enrolling for this qualification.
Competence in the FETC in Occupational Hygiene and Safety (NQF Level Four) will facilitate learning towards this qualification.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
Mining and Minerals Specialisation (Learning Programme ID 79828):
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Communicate in a business environment through the application of relevant communication techniques.
2. Apply labour relations legislation to ensure a productive and harmonious working environment.
3. Determine and discuss fundamental occupational safety, health and environmental issues.
4. Identify hazardous conditions within a workplace and take action to control the associated risks.
> Range: All actions taken must be in accordance with specified procedures and requirements.
5. Develop control measures and programmes within integrated safety, health and environmental (SHE) contexts.
6. Implement control measures and programmes in accordance with management guidelines.
7. Monitor effectiveness of control measures and programmes.
8. Identify and interpret deficiencies in the SHEQ system of an organisation.
9. Maintain the process of continual improvement in terms of system requirements.
Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
This qualification addresses the following critical cross-field outcomes, as detailed in the associated unit standards:
> This critical cross-field outcome is addressed primarily through Exit Level Outcomes 3, 4, 7, 9.
> This critical cross-field outcome is addressed primarily through Exit Level Outcomes 3, 4, 5.
> This critical cross-field outcome is addressed primarily through Exit Level Outcomes1, 2, 4, 5, 8.
> This critical cross-field outcome is addressed primarily through Exit Level Outcomes 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9.
> This critical cross-field outcome is addressed primarily through Exit Level Outcomes 1, 5, 8.
> This critical cross-field outcome is addressed primarily through Exit Level Outcomes 3, 4, 6, 7.
> This critical cross-field outcome is addressed primarily through Exit Level Outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
> This critical cross-field outcome is addressed primarily through Exit Level Outcomes 1, 2, 5, 8, 9.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
Integrated assessment is carried out as a series of structured, evidence gathering processes throughout the period of learning. The learner's performance is assessed through the use of a range of methods and culminates in a final or summative assessment. Methods include, but are not limited to:
For award of the qualification, a learner must achieve all core and fundamental unit standards, and at least 17 credits from any of the elective unit standards. The assessment criteria in the unit standards are performance-based, assessing applied competence rather than only knowledge, or skills. In addition, learners must demonstrate that they can achieve the outcomes in an integrated manner, dealing effectively with different and random demands related to the environmental conditions in occupational contexts. Evidence is required that the learner is able to achieve the exit level outcomes of the qualification as a whole and thus its purpose, at the time of the award of the qualification. Workplace experience can be recognised when assessing this qualification.
|In the effort to establish the international comparability and suitability of the National Higher Certificate in Occupational Safety NQF Level 5 and its associated unit standards, national on-the-job-searches and international literature searches confirmed that Occupational Health and Safety training in the sub-Saharan and specifically, the SADC region, is almost non-existent.
The search focus then shifted towards all other continents to find countries that might have Occupational Health and Safety qualifications at this level. The search also identified current qualifications and new initiatives at South African tertiary institutions, as well as proposed qualifications put forward by the Institute of Safety Management. A number of international qualifications were identified as representative of a few schools of thought in tertiary education in Occupational Health and Safety. These were and placed in a matrix along with the South African initiatives, so that content and depth could be compared. This matrix is found below.
The comparison highlighted the fact that international terminology in Occupational Health and Safety is not standardised, thus resulting in a relatively subjective analysis caused by the required interpretation. Furthermore, the assessment of subject content and depth had to be based on titles, levels of subject and the very brief descriptions available of subjects/aspects compared. This clearly also increased the level of subjectivity of comparisons.
During the comparison, two main aspects for comparison analysis were isolated, viz.:
The following conclusions were drawn from the comparison:
It is thus concluded that the proposed National Certificate: Occupational Safety NQF Level 5 compares favourably with a selection of qualifications from all over the world. An added advantage, when comparing the proposed certificate with other qualifications, is that our qualification focuses on aspects specifically required in Southern African conditions and thus addresses our specific needs.
Level 5 or 6 qualifications in the discipline of Occupational Safety, or in various industrial sectors and related sub-fields. Most qualifications on the NQF require competence regarding this discipline, and it thus provides an access point to, for example, qualifications in the Physical Planning and Construction field, the Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology field, and also the Business, Commerce, Management and other related fields.
Any other related qualification at NQF Level 5 certificate level for instance:
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||11273||Apply Fundamental Concepts of Supply Chain Management Optimisation||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||15237||Build teams to meet set goals and objectives||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Core||244287||Conduct a baseline risk assessment and take appropriate action||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||7|
|Core||244288||Demonstrate understanding of occupational health and safety legislation in the workplace||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||117854||Facilitate meetings to deal with conflict situations||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||244283||Facilitate the development, implementation and maintenance of a Safety, Health and Environment management system||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||10|
|Core||119032||Identify and deal with dangerous goods||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||13|
|Core||15225||Identify and interpret related legislation and its impact on the team, department or division and ensure compliance||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||9224||Implement policies regarding HIV/AIDS in the workplace||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||119035||Isolate and secure a scene||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Core||244284||Monitor report and advise on the safety principles pertaining to sources of mechanical energy||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Core||244282||Monitor, report and advise on the safety principles applying to non-electrical and non-mechanical sources of energy||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Core||244286||Monitor, report and advise on the safety principles pertaining to sources of electrical energy||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Core||244290||Motivate for a clean development mechanism (CDM) project||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Core||110526||Plan, organise, implement and control record-keeping systems||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||4|
|Core||244285||Promote occupational health and safety in the work place||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Core||13102||Apply the processes of planning and control as it relates to budgeting, standard costing and decentralised control||Level 6||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6||15|
|Fundamental||10622||Conduct communication within a business environment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||115753||Conduct outcomes-based assessment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||15|
|Elective||15096||Demonstrate an understanding of stress in order to apply strategies to achieve optimal stress levels in personal and work situations||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Elective||114278||Demonstrate and apply an understanding of the Labour Relations Act (Act 66 of 1995)||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||12|
|Elective||117874||Guide learners about their learning, assessment and recognition opportunities||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Elective||117844||Present, analyse and interpret information on conflict situations||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||15|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|LP ID||Learning Programme Title||Originator||Pre-2009
|NQF Level||Min Credits||Learning Prog End Date||Quality
|79828||National Certificate: Occupational Safety: Mining and Minerals||Generic Provider - Field 09||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||145||MQA||OQSF|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES:|
|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.