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

Determine environmental thermal conditions in an underground workplace by means of a whirling hygrometer and take appropriate action 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116636  Determine environmental thermal conditions in an underground workplace by means of a whirling hygrometer and take appropriate action 
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 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2004-12-02  2007-08-16  SAQA 0857/04 
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
244405  Determine environment thermal conditions in an underground workplace by means of a whirling hygrometer and take appropriate action  Level 2  NQF Level 02   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth of the mining and minerals sector.

This unit standard is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and understanding of determining environmental thermal conditions in an underground workplace by means of a whirling hygrometer in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable and informed workers.

People credited with this unit standard are able to;
  • Describe the specified requirements pertaining to measuring thermal conditions by means of a whirling hygrometer in an underground workplace.
  • Prepare to determine thermal conditions by means of a whirling hygrometer in an underground workplace.
  • Determine thermal conditions by means of a whirling hygrometer, record the results and take appropriate action.
  • Perform post measurement activities pertaining to the determining of thermal conditions by means of a whirling hygrometer. 

  • 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:
  • Follow basic health and safety practices pertaining to mining operations 

  • 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 
    Describe the specified requirements pertaining to measuring thermal conditions by means of a whirling hygrometer in an underground workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The legal requirements and associated mine specific requirements for thermal conditions in the workplace are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The instrument's principle of operation and the relationship between wet bulb and dry bulb temperatures are explained with reference to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of correctly measuring thermal conditions is explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The need to provide and maintain thermal conditions that are safe, without risk to the health of persons and ensure productivity is explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The requirements in terms of the use, range and limitations of the equipment are explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to determine thermal conditions by means of a whirling hygrometer in an underground workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The measuring position selected meets with specified requirements. The importance of selecting the measuring position as prescribed is explained in terms of consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The required personal protective equipment is available, operational, fit for purpose, and used in accordance with its design and specified requirements. The importance of examining and using the equipment is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The instrument is examined and defects are dealt with according to specified requirements. The importance of the examination of the instrument is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Permission to enter the work place, where applicable, is obtained according to specified requirements. The risks of entering a workplace without obtaining permission are explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The position where measurements are to be taken is examined and hazards and risks pertaining to health and safety are dealt with according to specified requirements. The importance of examining the workplace and dealing with hazards and risks are explained in terms of the possible consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The preparation work is performed in a manner as to foster teamwork and avoids conflict. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Determine thermal conditions by means of a whirling hygrometer, record the results and take appropriate action. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The instrument is examined and conditions that influence the accuracy of readings are identified and dealt with according to specified requirements. The importance of examining the instrument and dealing with sub standard conditions is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The thermal conditions are determined according to specified requirements. The importance of operating the instrument as prescribed is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The measurement is recorded and sub-standard conditions pertaining to health and safety are dealt with according to specified requirements. The importance of dealing with sub standard conditions is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The immediate vicinity is continuously assessed and hazards and risks pertaining to health and safety are dealt with according to specified requirements. The importance of dealing with hazards and risks is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The measuring is performed in such a manner as to foster teamwork and avoids conflict. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform post measurement activities pertaining to the determining of thermal conditions by means of a whirling hygrometer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The instrument is cleaned and stored according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Defective/broken equipment is dealt with according to specified requirements. The importance of dealing with defective/broken equipment is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reports are complete, accurate, in the required format, and submitted to designated personnel on time. 


    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.

    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 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard.
  • Whirling Hygrometer principles of operation
  • The relationship between wet bulb and dry bulb temperatures
  • The importance of correctly measuring thermal conditions
  • The need to provide and maintain thermal conditions that are safe, without risk to the health of persons and ensure productivity
  • The requirements in terms of the use, range and limitations of the equipment. 

  • 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 sub-standard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.
    Note: The ability and willingness of the candidate to foster teamwork and avoid conflict. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to indicate what methods, tools and personal protective equipment is required and communicate to fellow workers his/her intentions and 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 sub-standard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective communication. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically 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 understanding that a specific observation, inference, action or decision can 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 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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 244405, which is "Determine environment thermal conditions in an underground workplace by means of a whirling hygrometer and take appropriate action", Level 2, 2 credits.

    Specified requirements

    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 and Regulations, 1996 (Act 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act 50/1991)
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice
  • SANS and other relevant Standards
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives/Instructions
  • Guidelines issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines

    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.

    Unit standard justification

    Level

    Attribute-Level-Justification
    Skills-2-Moderate in range
    Procedures-2-Established and familiar
    Context-2-Routine and familiar
    Knowledge-2-Basic operational.
    Information processing-2-Basic processing of readily available information.
    Problem Solving-2-Known solutions to familiar problems
    Orientation of activities-2-Directed
    Application of responsibility-2-Under general supervision and quality control
    Orientation of scope of responsibility-2-Some responsibilities for quantity and quality

    Average level: = 2 actual level assigned: = 2


    Credits

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcome:

    Activity-Hours
    Classroom Teaching-8
    On-The-Job Training-8
    Mentoring required-0
    Other (Specify)-0
    Total-16

    Credits achieved: = 16 / 10 = 1.6 credits assigned: = 2 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  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 


    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. BARBERTON MINES (PTY) LTD 
    4. BOKONI PLATINUM MINES (PTY) LTD 
    5. CONCOR PROJECTS PTY LTD 
    6. CULLINAN DIAMOND MINE PTY LTD 
    7. DEI GRATIA TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SOLUTION 
    8. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    9. EASTERN CHROME MINES 
    10. EASTERN CROME MINES SAMANCOR 
    11. ENDAWENI TRAINING 
    12. FINSCH DIAMOND MINE(PTY) LTD 
    13. FOSKOR (PTY) LTD 
    14. GLENCORE OPERATIONS SOUTH AFRICA PTY LTD 
    15. HARMONY GOLD MINING CO LTD 
    16. IMPALA PLATINUM SERVICES LTD 
    17. KHUTALA MINING SERVICES PL 
    18. LYNAZY RESOURCES 
    19. MANCAS CONSULTINGS CC 
    20. MATHOME TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (PTY) LTD 
    21. METSKILL PTY LTD 
    22. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE(PTY) LTD 
    23. MURRAY & ROBERTS CEMENTATION (PTY)LTD 
    24. NORTHAM PLATINUM LTD 
    25. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 
    26. Rustenburg Platinum Mines - Union Section 
    27. SAFETY AND TRAINING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    28. SENZEKO EXECUTIVE RISK CC 
    29. SHAFT SINKERS MINING PTY LTD 
    30. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    31. SIBANYE GOLD LIMITED - BEATRIX DIVISION 
    32. SIBANYE GOLD LIMITED - KLOOF DIVISION 
    33. SIBANYE RUSTENBURG PLATINUM MINES PTY LTD 
    34. SIYANDA BAKGATLA PLATINUM MINE 
    35. STARCROW 36 (PTY) LTD 
    36. TRAIN THE NATION AND ASSOCIATES (PTY) LTD 
    37. VENETIA MINE 
    38. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 



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