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

Charge shot holes with cartridged explosives and accessories 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119098  Charge shot holes with cartridged explosives and accessories 
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" 
2005-11-30  2008-11-30  SAQA 0763/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-11-30   2012-11-30  

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 will be useful to people who are required to charge shot holes with cartridged explosives and accessories.

People credited with this unit standard are able to
  • Explain specified requirements pertaining to the charging of shot holes with cartridged explosives and accessories;
  • Prepare to charge shot holes with cartridged explosives and accessories; and
  • Charge shot holes with cartridged explosives and accessories. 

  • 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 
    Explain the specified requirements pertaining to the charging of shot holes with cartridged explosives and accessories. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The significant risks and consequences associated with the work-related hazards pertaining to the charging of shot holes are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of work related hazards must include:
  • Handling of explosives
  • Transporting explosives
  • Preparing explosives
  • Charging with explosives
  • Storage of explosives
  • Working in inclined areas
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The significant risks and consequences associated with the workplace hazards pertaining to the charging of shot holes are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of workplace hazards must include:
  • Unsafe ground conditions
  • Unsafe support conditions
  • Accumulation of flammable gas
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The specified requirements in terms of characteristics and properties of the explosives and accessories used for charging shot holes with cartridged explosives are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of characteristics and properties must include:
  • Water solubility
  • Detonation sensitivity
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The explanation describes the specific benefits for charging holes with cartridged explosives and accessories. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to charge holes with cartridged explosives and accessories. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal protective equipment is available, fit for purpose, operational and used according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The required tools and equipment are fit for purpose, operational and transported to and from the designated areas according to specified requirements in terms of health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Explosives and accessories are transported and stored according to specified requirements in terms of types and quantities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The areas where the primers are to be prepared are examined for workplace hazards and these hazards are dealt with according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of workplace hazards must include:
  • Unsafe ground conditions
  • Unsafe support conditions
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The areas where holes are to be charged are examined for workplace hazards and these are dealt with according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of workplace hazards must include:
  • Unsafe ground conditions
  • Unsafe support conditions
  • Accumulation of flammable gas
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Precautions taken to prevent inadvertent entry into the charging area are according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The holes to be charged are de-sludged according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Primers are prepared according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of preparations must include:
  • Types of explosives and accessories required
  • Quantity of explosives and accessories required
  • Method of piercing
  • Positioning of detonator inside the cartridge
  • Location of preparation area
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The consequences to health, safety and production of not adhering to specified requirements while preparing to charge holes with cartridged explosives and accessories are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of non-adherence to specified requirements must include:
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Selection, examination and transportation of tools, explosives, accessories and equipment
  • Area examination
  • Precautions taken to prevent inadvertent entry
  • De-sludging of holes
  • Preparation of primers
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Charge holes with cartridged explosives and accessories. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Holes are charged with cartridged explosives and accessories according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of charging must include:
  • Inserting explosives and accessories into drilled holes
  • Quantity per hole
  • Tamping
  • Precautions taken to prevent premature explosions
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work-related hazards are dealt with according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of work related hazards must include:
  • Handling of explosives
  • Transporting explosives
  • Preparing explosives
  • Charging with explosives
  • Storage of explosives
  • Working in inclined areas
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The tools and equipment are used according to specified requirements and in line with accepted ergonomic principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Interpersonal interaction is positive, consistent with specified requirements, promotes effective teamwork and avoids dysfunctional conflict. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reports are completed and submitted according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences to health, safety and production of not adhering to specified requirements while charging holes with cartridged explosives and accessories are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of non-adherence to specified requirements must include:
  • Charging holes
  • Use of tools and equipment
  • Interpersonal interaction
  • Reports
     


  • 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. Candidates 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 candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.

    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Health and safety knowledge
  • Report writing
  • 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 accept and interpret work instructions correctly. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    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, 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
  • Voluntary Codes of Practice
  • Managerial Instructions
  • Mine Standard Procedures
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks
  • Working Guides
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications of 1993


    Notes To Assessors

    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 Justification

    Level
  • Skills: Level 2: The skills required have some variety but are still fairly simple
  • Procedures: Level 2: Although the procedure is known and familiar (as level 1) it is not as repetitive
  • Context: Level 2: Although the process could occur in different contexts, the contexts are repeatedly applicable and known to the candidate
  • Knowledge: Level 2: The knowledge required is merely related to the operation and no theory needs to be applied
  • Information processing: Level 2: Information is readily available but some processing is required
  • Problem Solving: Level 2: The key difference from level two is the application of some "judgement"
  • Orientation of activities: Level 3: Follows instructions but have some autonomy to make own decisions and give instructions down ward.
  • Application of responsibility: Level 3: Candidate's output is quality checked, i.e. on random based.
  • Orientation of scope of responsibility: Level 2: Some responsibility towards quantity and quality

    Average Level: 20 / 9 = 2.2
    Actual Level Assigned: 2


    Credits

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcome:
  • Classroom Teaching: 6 hours
  • On-The-Job Training: 18 hours
  • Total: 24 hours

    Credits Achieved: 24 / 10 = 2.4
    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. ASSMANG BEESHOEK MINE 
    2. BARBERTON MINES (PTY) LTD 
    3. CONCOR PROJECTS PTY LTD 
    4. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    5. FINSCH DIAMOND MINE(PTY) LTD 
    6. FOSKOR (PTY) LTD 
    7. HARMONY GOLD MINING CO LTD 
    8. IMPALA PLATINUM SERVICES LTD 
    9. MANCAS CONSULTINGS CC 
    10. MATHOME TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (PTY) LTD 
    11. NORTHAM PLATINUM LTD 
    12. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 
    13. SENZEKO EXECUTIVE RISK CC 
    14. SHAFT SINKERS MINING PTY LTD 
    15. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    16. VENETIA MINE 



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