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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Collect, store and issue explosives from a surface magazine 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
110218  Collect, store and issue explosives from a surface magazine 
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 3  NQF Level 03  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 useful for people who perform duties associated with managing explosives and accessories magazines i.e. Magazine Master. People credited with this unit standard are able to
  • demonstrate understanding of explosives handling, transport and storage and relevant legislation;
  • identify explosives and accessories;
  • transport, store and issue explosives and accessories;
  • apply security measures for magazines; and
  • adhere to occupational safety and health requirements. 

  • 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:
  • Numeracy and communication at NQF level 3 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    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 
    Demonstrate understanding of explosives handling, transport and storage and relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Specified requirements pertaining to the handling, storage and transport of explosives and accessories are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Explosives and accessories are classified in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Explosives and accessories classes must include the following:
  • Gunpowder class
  • Nitrate mixture class
  • Nitro-compound class
  • Fulminate class
  • Ammunition class
  • Fireworks class
  • Miscellaneous class
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Consumption levels of explosives and accessories are explained in terms of site-specific applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The properties and shelf life of explosives and accessories used are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify explosives and accessories. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Explosives are identified by generic and brand name. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Packaging codes on explosives are read and interpreted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Explosives accessories are identified and their functions explained in terms of their application at the workplace. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Transport, store and issue explosives and accessories. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Stock levels are monitored against projected needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Explosives are ordered/requisitioned in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The transportation of explosives from the collection point to magazine and offloading are monitored in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Transportation requirements must include the following:
  • Vehicle
  • Transporting of different types of explosives together
  • Driver requirements
  • Transport regulations and rules
  • Quantities
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The controls to ensure that only authorised items are permitted in the storage area are adhered to in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Explosives and accessories are stored in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Storage requirements must include the following:
  • Storing different types together
  • Stacking requirements
  • Rotation (FIFO)
  • Access
  • Fire prevention measures
  • Condition of explosives - deal with sub-standard explosives in accordance with specified requirements
  • Dating
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. The storage facility (magazine) and explosives are inspected in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. The storage facility and equipment are maintained in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Storage and equipment maintenance must include the following:
  • Licensing on display
  • Lightning protection
  • Thermometer
  • Ventilation
  • Tools
  • Housekeeping
  • Fencing and security systems
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Explosives and accessories are issued to authorised persons only in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. Records are completed, maintained and distributed in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    10. PPE is selected and worn in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    11. Vehicles used to convey explosives and accessories are licensed and used in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply security measures for explosives magazines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Access to the storage facility is controlled in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Keys are held and monitored in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Guarding arrangements are conducted and monitored to be in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Fire prevention measures are implemented and maintained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Electronic equipment is maintained and used in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Adhere to occupational safety and health requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. PPE is checked and used in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Expired and spoiled explosives are identified and dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Explosives and accessories are handled in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Hazards and sub-standard conditions are identified and dealt with in accordance with specified requirements or reported to responsible persons. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Incidents and accidents are reported in accordance with specified requirements. 


    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 must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.

    3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines 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.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to identify substandard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note: The ability and willingness of the candidate to accept and interpret work instructions correctly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage himself / herself and his / her activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to indicate what methods, tools and personal protective equipment are required, and to communicate to fellow workers his / her intentions and the assistance required. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to reconcile the information from visual and physical examinations and constantly evaluate the changing situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and / or language skills in the modes of oral and / or written presentations.

    Note: The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazards and substandard conditions will indicate his / her proficiency in effective communication. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, thus showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to use equipment, follow processes and access and record data in a technological environment in accordance with environmental, occupational health and safety requirements. 

    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.

    Note: 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 far reaching consequences. 

    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 can 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: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    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) ; Explosives Act (Act No. 26/1956)
  • 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
    Elective  57121   National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Quarrying  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2008-09-17  Was MQA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  62869   National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Surface Excavations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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. Anglo American Platinum Limited - Mogalakwena Mining Training Centre 
    2. BANA BA THARI MINING TRADING AND DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY 
    3. CONCOR PROJECTS PTY LTD 
    4. DEI GRATIA TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SOLUTION 
    5. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    6. ELITE OPERATOR AND SKILLS TRAINING 
    7. EXXARO COAL (PTY) LTD 
    8. FOSKOR (PTY) LTD 
    9. GEOSTRAT TRAINING 
    10. GLENCORE OPERATIONS SOUTH AFRICA PTY LTD 
    11. HARMONY GOLD MINING CO LTD 
    12. KHUTALA MINING SERVICES PL 
    13. KOLOMELA MINE 
    14. Kumba Sishen HRD Centre 
    15. LICENCE WISE TRAINING SPECIALISTS 
    16. MEDIRO TRAINING ACADEMY (PTY) LTD 
    17. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE(PTY) LTD 
    18. MOOLMAN BROS CONST CO PTY 
    19. OMNIA GROUP PTY LTD 
    20. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 
    21. PMC TRAINING CONSULTANTS AND ASSOCIATES (PTY) LTD 
    22. PPC LTD SANDTON OFFICE 
    23. PRISMA TRAINING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    24. PROGRESSIVE TRAINING DEVELOPMENT AND PROJECTS (PTY) LTD 
    25. SENZEKO EXECUTIVE RISK CC 
    26. TRITON TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (PTY) LTD 



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