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

Extinguish a fire underground by means of a portable fire extinguisher 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119127  Extinguish a fire underground by means of a portable fire extinguisher 
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 1  NQF Level 01 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2005-11-30  2007-08-16  SAQA 0763/05 
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
244448  Extinguish a fire by means of a portable fire extinguisher  Level 1  NQF Level 01   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to people who are required to extinguish a fire by means of a portable fire extinguisher.

People credited with this unit standard are able to
  • Explain the critical factors pertaining to the extinguishing of a fire by means of a portable fire extinguisher
  • Prepare to extinguish the fire
  • Extinguish the fire 

  • 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 critical factors pertaining to the extinguishing of a fire by means of a portable fire extinguisher. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The specified requirements pertaining to the basic principle of operation of the portable fire extinguisher are explained 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The significant risks and consequences associated with the workplace hazards pertaining to the extinguishing of a fire by means of a portable fire extinguisher are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of workplace hazards must include:
  • Unsafe ground conditions
  • Spreading/size of fire
  • No escape way
  • Harmful gases
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The significant risks and consequences associated with the work-related hazards pertaining to the extinguishing of a fire by means of a portable fire extinguisher are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of work-related hazards must include:
  • Working with hazardous chemicals
  • Handling heavy equipment
  • Change in direction of air flow
  • Working in proximity of open flames
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The various types of fires that could be encountered are listed and the specified requirements pertaining to the substances required to extinguish each type of fire are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to extinguish the fire. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required personal protective equipment is, selected, available on person, operational and used according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The required fire extinguisher is selected and examined to be ready for operation according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The area where the fire is to be extinguished is 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
  • Spreading/size of fire
  • No escape way
  • Harmful gases
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Inadvertent entry of persons into the affected area is prevented according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The consequences to safety, health and production if specified requirements are not adhered to whilst preparing to extinguish the fire are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of non-adherence to specified requirements must include:
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Readiness of fire extinguisher
  • Area examination
  • Preventing inadvertent entry
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Extinguish the fire. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The fire is extinguished in accordance with specified requirements 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Safe positioning
  • Operation of the fire extinguisher
  • Method of extinguishing
  • Precautions taken to prevent re-ignition of the fire
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work-related hazards are dealt with according to specified requirements 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of work-related hazards must include:
  • Working with hazardous chemicals
  • Handling heavy equipment
  • Change in direction of air flow
  • Working in proximity of open flames
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The fire extinguisher is prepared and stored for subsequent use and if defective, it is dealt with according to specified requirements 

    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 
    Consequences to health, safety and production if specified requirements are not adhered to whilst extinguishing the fire are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of non-adherence to specified requirements must include:
  • Extinguishing the fire
  • Preparation and storage of tools and equipment
  • Interpersonal interaction.
  • Reports
     


  • 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 by SAQA.

    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 
    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. 

    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. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and / or language skills in the modes of oral and / or written presentations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    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. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 244448, which is "Extinguish a fire underground by means of a portable fire extinguisher", Level 1, 1 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, 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 Significant risks
  • Working Guides
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications

    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


    The following particular issues should be taken into consideration when assessing against this unit standard:
  • The candidate will be required to be assessed in a simulated, protected environment

    Unit standard justification

    Level

    Attribute-Level-Justification
    Skills-1-Limited in range: A limited number of simple skills are required
    Procedures-1-The same sequence or takes place again, with no alternatives
    Context-1-Only occurs in defined contexts with no variety
    Knowledge-1-Limited knowledge is required, mainly the application of simple skills
    Information processing-1-The information required for competency can be recalled without any processing
    Problem Solving-2-The candidate will only have to apply given solution to known/familiar problems.
    Orientation of activities-1-Follows instructions
    Application of responsibility-2-Some responsibility for quantity and quality, and possible responsibility for guiding others
    Orientation of scope of responsibility-2-Under general supervision and quality control

    Average Level: 1,33
    Actual Level Assigned: 1

    Credits

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

    Activity-Hours
    Classroom Teaching-6
    On-The-Job Training-6
    Total-12

    Credits Achieved: 12/10 = 1,2
    Actual Credits Assigned = 1 

  • 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. ALLOYS HEAD OFFICE 
    2. ANGLO PLATINUM - ENGINEERING SKILLS TRAINING CENTRE 
    3. BADEN TRAINING AND COMPUTING SERVICES (PTY) LTD 
    4. CONCOR PROJECTS PTY LTD 
    5. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    6. EASTERN CROME MINES SAMANCOR 
    7. FINSCH DIAMOND MINE(PTY) LTD 
    8. FOSKOR (PTY) LTD 
    9. HARMONY GOLD MINING CO LTD 
    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 



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