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

Destroy old explosives in the workplace 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
11704  Destroy old explosives in the workplace 
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 "Reregistered" 
2005-04-13  2007-08-16  SAQA 0859/05 
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
244464  Destroy old explosives in an underground workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard will be useful to people who are responsible for destroying old explosives in the workplace. People credited with this Unit Standard are able to
  • prepare to destroy old explosives in the workplace;
  • destroy old explosives; and
  • monitor destruction of old explosives. 

  • 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:
  • Knowledge of in-pit operation.
  • Knowledge of strata (identification of strata).
  • An understanding of the basic principles of information technology.
  • Knowledge of types and application of explosives. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Old explosives must include the following::
  • Old explosives as defined in the Explosives Act, 1956 (No. 26 of 1956) and the Minerals Act, 1991 (No. 50 of 1991):
  • Damaged explosives
  • Detonators
  • Frozen explosives
  • Recovered explosives
  • Pentolite boosters
  • Detonating cord
  • Safety fuses
  • Emulsion
  • ANFO.

    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 
    Prepare to destroy old explosives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Job instructions are interpreted correctly and the sequence of operations is determined according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Hazard identification and hazard control are conducted to comply with risk assessment requirements to eliminate, minimise or control risk of ill health and injuries. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The destruction area for old explosives is identified and examined; hazards and defects are reported and rectified in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hazards and defects must include:
  • Accumulation of water
  • Weather conditions
  • Moving machinery
  • Livestock and people
  • Underfoot conditions
  • Power lines
  • Open or naked flames.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Old explosives are loaded and transported in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Consequences of inadequate preparation are described in terms of potential effects on safety, health, production and damage to equipment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Consequences of inadequate preparation must include the following:
  • Placing of guards
  • Work area examination.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Approved supplied personal protective equipment and hygiene consumables usage is explained and adhered to. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Destroy old explosives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Place the old explosives in the area of destruction in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Area of destruction must include:
  • Must be remote from all people, roads and buildings
  • Must be an open area cleared of all vegetation that could catch fire
  • The ground must be free of any stones, which might be thrown by the blast
  • It must be possible to block or guard all access to the site
  • A safe firing location must be available for possible projectiles.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Notify people in the work area that the destruction of old explosives are about to take place. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The methods of destruction of old explosive are explained in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The methods of destruction must include:
  • Burning
  • Detonation
  • Dilution with water (ANFO).
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Guards must be placed in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Different types of old explosives are destroyed in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The methods of destruction must include:
  • Burning
  • Detonation
  • Dilution with water (ANFO).
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. The quality and completeness of tasks meet the requirements of downstream operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Work methods comply with specified requirements to eliminate, minimise or control the risk of ill health and injuries. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Feedback is provided to the in-coming shift with regard to machine condition, environmental hazards and sub-standards in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. Post destruction inspection is conducted in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Post destruction inspection refers to:
  • Un-exploded detonators
  • After the fire has burned out and the ground have cooled, the ashes should be carefully raked over to make sure that no buried explosives remain
  • Remnants and the disposal of it by burning
  • Burying of the residuals of old explosives.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    10. Guards are withdrawn in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    11. Specified reporting and recording requirements are complied with. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Specified reporting and recording must include:
  • Reporting to supervisor
  • Submitting reports
  • Logbook entries
  • Permit documentation.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor the destruction of old explosives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The destruction of old explosives is continuously monitored and hazards and defects are addressed or rectified in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hazards and defects must include:
  • Ensure that no old explosives still contain detonators
  • Fire
  • Environmental conditions and extreme temperatures
  • Non-buried detonators.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Occupational environmental elements are monitored and hazards are reported in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Occupational and environmental elements must include:
  • Dust
  • Water
  • Illumination
  • Noise
  • Fire and weather conditions.
     


  • 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 by SAQA.

    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. 


    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 use of science and technology is not relevant for this unit standard. 

    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 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 244464, which is "Destroy old explosives in an underground workplace", Level 2, 2 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  21842   National Certificate: Surface Mining Rockbreaking  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2008-09-17  Was MQA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  49014   National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Underground Hard Rock  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2007-08-16  Was MQA until Last Date for Achievement 
    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. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (V/R) 
    2. CONCOR PROJECTS PTY LTD 
    3. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    4. FINSCH DIAMOND MINE(PTY) LTD 
    5. FOSKOR (PTY) LTD 
    6. HARMONY GOLD MINING CO LTD 
    7. KOLOMELA MINE 
    8. MATHOME TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (PTY) LTD 
    9. NORTHAM PLATINUM LTD 
    10. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 
    11. SENZEKO EXECUTIVE RISK CC 
    12. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 



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