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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Measure and record pressures and take appropriate action 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115094  Measure and record pressures and take appropriate action 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Occupational Health and Safety 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Preventive Health 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular-Fundamental  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 requires learners to be able to measure compressed air, water and barometric pressures using appropriate instruments. Learners credited with this Unit Standard are capable of:
  • Explaining the process and concepts of measuring pressure relevant for specific contexts
  • Selecting instruments, equipment and positions appropriate for measurement of specified pressures
  • Measuring pressures accurately
  • Analysing pressure measurement results to ascertain acceptability 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Credits for this Unit Standard were assigned based on the assumption that learners can already read, write and communicate at ABET level 3, or equivalent, will facilitate understanding and proficiency in this Unit Standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Pressures include water, compressed air and atmospheric pressures. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the process and concepts of measuring pressure relevant for specific contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Explanation pertaining to the measuring of pressures is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Explanation regarding measuring positions and the application of instruments and gauges is consistent with the specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Explanation of the need to measure pressure is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Explanation of gauge pressure, absolute pressure, and vacuum pressure is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The effects of variations and fluctuations in pressures are explained in terms of the consequences for health, safety and productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The effects of abnormal pressures are explained in terms of the consequences for health, safety and productivity and are consistent with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Select instruments, equipment and positions appropriate for measurement of specified pressures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Explanation of the principle of operation, and the range of the instruments and gauges is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The instruments, gauges and accessories are examined and defects are dealt with according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of examination of instruments, gauges and accessories and dealing with defects is explained in terms of the consequences for the accuracy of the pressures measured. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Description of precautions for handling and storage of the instruments and gauges is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The required personal protective equipment is available, examined, operational, fit for purpose, and used in accordance with its design and specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The importance of examining and using personal protective equipment is explained in terms of the consequences for health, safety and productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The positions where measuring takes place is examined and hazards and risks pertaining to health and safety is dealt with according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The importance of the examination and dealing with hazards and risks is explained in terms of the consequences for health, safety and productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The selection of the measuring position is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    The importance of selecting correct measuring positions as prescribed is explained in terms of accuracy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    The instrument, gauges and accessories are cleaned and stored according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
    Defective equipment is dealt with according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 13 
    The importance of dealing with defective equipment is explained in terms of the consequences for health, safety and productivity. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Measure pressures accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Permission to enter areas/sites where measurements take place is obtained according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The risks and consequences of entering areas/sites where measurements take place without obtaining permission are explained in terms of consequences for health, safety and productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Preparatory work is performed in a manner that fosters teamwork and avoids conflict. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The examination of the instruments and dealing with factors that influence the measurements is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of identifying and dealing with the factors that influence the measurements are explained in terms of the consequences for health, safety and productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The measurements are consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The importance of measuring correctly is explained in terms of the consequences for health, safety and productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The measurement process is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The importance of complying with measurement process requirements is explained in terms of the consequences for health, safety and productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Workplace hazards and associated risks, identified during measuring, are dealt with according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    The importance of dealing with hazards and risks is explained in terms of health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
    The measurements are performed in a manner that fosters teamwork and avoids conflict. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Analyse pressure measurement results to ascertain acceptability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The recording of the data is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of recording the data is explained in terms of the consequences for health, safety and productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The pressures measured are compared with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Any abnormal pressures are dealt with accordingly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of dealing with abnormal pressures is explained in terms of the consequences for health, safety and productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Reports are complete, accurate, in the required format and submitted to relevant designated persons on time. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by a relevant ETQA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programmes that result in the outcomes specified for this Unit Standard. Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA. The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this Unit Standard. 

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

    Credited learners understand and can explain:
  • Types of detection and measurement methodologies for pressures.
  • Limitations of various detection and measuring methodologies.
  • Effects that pressures have on the health and safety of people
  • Importance of evaluating pressures.
  • Circumstances that necessitate evaluating pressures.
  • Use of instruments and accessories.
  • Instruments' and their accessories' principle of operation, range, use and limitations.
  • Importance of examining and calibrating instruments.
  • Safe handling and use of specified instruments.
  • Consequences for health, safety and productivity of dealing with defective and used equipment, continuously assessing health and safety hazards and risks, dangers of accessing sites without meeting access requirements, examining and correctly using personal protective equipment, testing for gas according to specified requirements, compliance with exposure levels, dealing with conditions, environmental factors, and limitations that can influence readings, evaluating test results and taking appropriate action.
  • Occupational exposure limits and limits for pressures.
  • Action to be taken when pressures are encountered outside legal exposure levels.
  • Conditions, environmental factors, and limitations that can influence readings. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems related to the detection, analysis, and recording of pressures by implementing remedial and preventative measures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group/organisation/community by accepting, interpreting and delegating instructions correctly, if and when required, in a context-appropriate manner. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively by meeting specified requirements, recording test results in specified formats, and taking appropriate action where necessary. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and critically evaluate information to correct for conditions, environmental factors, and limitations that can influence readings, interpret information obtained, and take appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations to record and report test results. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically (showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others) to select the appropriate methods and instruments for testing for pressures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by taking appropriate actions based on the evaluation of test results and reporting results to relevant designated persons, confirming that a specific observation, inference, action or decision can have an interrelated 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 learner 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 learner 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 learner 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 
    Legal requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • OHS Act and Regulations 85/1993
  • Mine Health and Safety Act and Regulations 29/1996
  • Guideline for mandatory Codes of Practice


    Site-specific requirements:

    Specified requirements include site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Managerial instructions
  • Codes of Practice
  • Company Standards
  • Standard Task Procedures
  • Health Management Program
  • Risk Assessment Documentation
  • Working Guides
  • Manufacturers' specifications 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  90656   National Certificate: Mine Ventilation  Not Applicable  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Elective  48804   National Certificate: Occupational Safety, Hygiene and Environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-11-26  Was HW SETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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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