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

Test for flammable gas in a mining environment by means of a hand held electronic instrument and take appropriate action 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116657  Test for flammable gas in a mining environment by means of a hand held electronic instrument 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
244433  Test for flammable gas in a mining environment by means of a hand held electronic instrument and take appropriate action  Level 2  NQF Level 02   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful for persons who intend following a career in the mining and minerals sectors, particularly in the domain of underground hard rock and who are required to test for flammable gas in a mining environment by means of an electronic hand held instrument and take appropriate action to ensure a healthy and safe environment to work in.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Describe the specified requirements pertaining to the testing for flammable gas.
  • Prepare to test for flammable gas.
  • Test for flammable gas and take appropriate action.
  • Perform post-testing activities.

    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 testing for flammable gas in a mining environment by means of an electronic hand held instrument in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable, informed and safe workers. 

  • 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 the testing for flammable gas. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation confirms the specified requirements pertaining to the concentrations of flammable gas allowed in a workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The description of the characteristics and occurrences of flammable gas is consistent with scientific data contained in specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The explanation outlines the importance of testing for flammable gas, according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The explanation confirms understanding of the importance of examining and calibrating the instrument according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The explanation confirms understanding of the instrument's principle of operation, range, use and limitations according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The explanation confirms understanding of the circumstances that necessitate the testing for flammable gas according to specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to test. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The personal protective equipment required is available, examined, operational, fit for purpose, and used in accordance with its design and specified requirements. The importance of the above is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The instrument is examined and the calibration verified according to specified requirements. The importance of complying with the above is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Permission to enter the workplace is obtained, where applicable, 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 4 
    The locality where testing is to take place is examined and hazards and risks pertaining to health and safety is dealt with according to specified requirements. The importance of examining and dealing with hazards and risks is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

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

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Test for flammable gas and take appropriate action. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The test for flammable gas is performed according to specified requirements. The importance of testing is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The result of the test is evaluated and appropriate action is taken according to specified requirements. The importance of evaluating test results and taking appropriate action is explained in terms of the possible consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The test for flammable gas is performed in such a manner as to foster teamwork and avoids conflict. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform post-testing activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The instrument is returned to the point of issue and defects are reported according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reports are complete, accurate, in the required format, and submitted to designated personnel on time. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA .
  • 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.
  • Health and safety knowledge
  • Legal and site-specific requirements 

  • 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 adhere to safety, health and environmental requirements illustrates his/her capability to use science and technology effectively. 

    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 244433, which is "Test for flammable gas in a mining environment by means of a hand held electronic instrument and take appropriate action", Level 2, 2 credits.

    Terminology

    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-1-Repetitive and familiar
    Context-3-Range of familiar
    Knowledge-3-Some theoretical knowledge.
    Information processing-2-Basic processing of readily available information.
    Problem Solving-2-Known solutions to familiar problems
    Orientation of activities-1-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-6
    Other (Specify)-0
    Total-22

    Credits achieved: = 22 / 10 = 2.2 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
    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 


    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. BOKONI PLATINUM MINES (PTY) LTD 
    2. CONCOR PROJECTS PTY LTD 
    3. DEI GRATIA TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SOLUTION 
    4. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    5. EASTERN CHROME MINES 
    6. ENDAWENI TRAINING 
    7. FINSCH DIAMOND MINE(PTY) LTD 
    8. FOSKOR (PTY) LTD 
    9. GLENCORE OPERATIONS SOUTH AFRICA PTY LTD 
    10. HARMONY GOLD MINING CO LTD 
    11. KHUTALA MINING SERVICES PL 
    12. METSKILL PTY LTD 
    13. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 
    14. SAFETY AND TRAINING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    15. STARCROW 36 (PTY) LTD 
    16. TRAIN THE NATION AND ASSOCIATES (PTY) LTD 
    17. VENETIA MINE 



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