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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Demonstrate knowledge of the most common harmful gases and vapours 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
110118  Demonstrate knowledge of the most common harmful gases and vapours 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
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
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2007-04-03  2007-08-16  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2008-08-16   2011-08-16  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
244422  Demonstrate knowledge of the most common harmful gases and vapours  Level 3  NQF Level 03   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to people who are required to demonstrate knowledge of the most common harmful gases and vapours.

People credited with this unit standard are able to
  • describe the specified requirements pertaining to these gases and vapours; and
  • describe the characteristics, sources, occurrence and effects of these gases and vapours on health and safety and the common methods of detection and measurement. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Literacy and numeracy at ABET 3 level or equivalent 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following range statement applies to the entire unit standard:
    Range: Oxygen (O2), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) and Methane (CH4).

    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the specified requirements pertaining to these gases and vapours. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The ceiling limits of the gases and vapours are explained in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The action to be taken when these gases and vapours are encountered outside the legal exposure levels is explained and is consistent with specified requirements. The importance of compliance is explained in terms of the consequences to safety, health and production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The explanation outlines according to manufacturers` specifications, the instrument`s principles of operation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the characteristics, sources, occurrence and effects of these gases and vapours. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Describe the characteristics, sources, occurrence and effects of these gases and vapours on health and safety and the common methods of detection and measurement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The description of the characteristics of these gases and vapours in terms of specific gravity, explosive range, toxicity, asphyxiation, and sensorial distinguishing properties is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The description of the occurrence of each of these gases and vapours is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The description of the effects that these gases and vapours have on the health and safety of persons is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The description of the various types of detection and measurement methodologies for these gases and vapours is consistent with specified requirements. (Including continuous monitoring) 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or will assess this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
    3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge, candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes to the standards described in the assessment criteria. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate`s performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.
  • The ability of the candidate to identify, record and deal with hazardous and unhealthy conditions contributes to his/her problem solving skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community.
  • The ability and willingness of the candidate to accept, interpret and delegate work instructions correctly, 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 himself / herself and his / her activities responsibly and effectively.
  • The identification of hazardous and unhealthy conditions, the recording thereof and taking appropriate action will indicate that the candidate can organise and manage activities in his/her working environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • The ability of the candidate to correct for pressure and temperature and to interpret the information obtained and take appropriate action will indicate proficiency in collecting, organising and evaluating information 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, thus showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • The ability of the candidate to select the appropriate detector tube and the correct sampling volume to determine gas concentration indicates that he/she is able to use science and technology. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
  • The ability of the candidate to identify and refer anomalous behaviour to a specialist confirms his / her understanding of the fact that a specific observation, inference, action or decision may have a devastating effect. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember, we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence - of the prescribed type and quality as specified in this unit standard - that the candidate is able to achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well-documented principles of assessment, namely appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 244422, which is "Demonstrate knowledge of the most common harmful gases and vapours", Level 3, 4 credits.

    Terminology:

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

    Legal
  • Relevant Acts, e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act, 1996 (Act No. 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act No. 50/1991)
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice
  • SABS and other relevant standards
  • Chief Inspector of Mines` Directives

    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  49013   National Certificate: Mining Operations: Underground Hard Rock  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2007-08-16  Was MQA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  58267   General Education and Training Certificate: Mining and Minerals Processes  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    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. ALLOYS HEAD OFFICE 
    2. ASSMANG BEESHOEK MINE 
    3. BAFOKENG RASIMONE MANAGEMENT SERVICES PTY LTD 
    4. BARBERTON MINES (PTY) LTD 
    5. BOKONI PLATINUM MINES (PTY) LTD 
    6. CONCOR PROJECTS PTY LTD 
    7. CULLINAN DIAMOND MINE PTY LTD 
    8. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    9. EASTERN CHROME MINES 
    10. ERGO BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY NPC 
    11. FINSCH DIAMOND MINE(PTY) LTD 
    12. FOSKOR (PTY) LTD 
    13. GLENCORE OPERATIONS SOUTH AFRICA PTY LTD 
    14. HARMONY GOLD MINING CO LTD 
    15. IMPALA PLATINUM SERVICES LTD 
    16. KHUTALA MINING SERVICES PL 
    17. KROONDAL OPERATIONS (PTY) LTD 
    18. Kumba Sishen HRD Centre 
    19. LYNAZY RESOURCES 
    20. MANCAS CONSULTINGS CC 
    21. MATHOME TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (PTY) LTD 
    22. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE(PTY) LTD 
    23. MINTEK 
    24. MURRAY & ROBERTS CEMENTATION (PTY)LTD 
    25. NORTHAM PLATINUM LTD 
    26. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 
    27. PROGRESSIVE TRAINING DEVELOPMENT AND PROJECTS (PTY) LTD 
    28. RICHARDS BAY MINING PTY LTD 
    29. Rustenburg Platinum Mines - Union Section 
    30. SENZEKO EXECUTIVE RISK CC 
    31. SHAFT SINKERS MINING PTY LTD 
    32. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    33. SIBANYE GOLD LIMITED - BEATRIX DIVISION 
    34. SIBANYE GOLD LIMITED - KLOOF DIVISION 
    35. SIBANYE RUSTENBURG PLATINUM MINES PTY LTD 
    36. SIYANDA BAKGATLA PLATINUM MINE 
    37. TRAIN THE NATION AND ASSOCIATES (PTY) LTD 
    38. VENETIA MINE 
    39. WESTERN CHROME MINES 
    40. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 



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