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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct an indoor air quality investigation and recommend appropriate remedial action 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120345  Conduct an indoor air quality investigation and recommend appropriate remedial action 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Occupational Health and Safety 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Preventive Health 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular-Fundamental  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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 requires learners to be to conduct an indoor air quality investigation and take appropriate action.

Learners credited with this Unit Standard are capable of:
  • Selecting methods and instruments for detecting noxious gases and vapours and vapours that are appropriate for specified contexts.
  • Assessing the functionality of instruments used for detecting noxious gases and vapours to ensure safety, health and productivity.
  • Testing for the presence of noxious gases and vapours using appropriate instruments.
  • Evaluate test results to take appropriate action. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal requirements:
  • OHS Act and Regulations 85/1993
  • Mine Health and Safety Act and Regulations 29/1996
  • Guideline for mandatory Codes of Practice
  • Department of Labour Directives
  • Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Act and Regulations

    Site-specific requirements:
  • Managerial instructions
  • Codes of Practice
  • Company Standards
  • Standard Task Procedures
  • Health Management Program
  • Risk Assessment Documentation
  • Working Guides
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to an indoor air quality investigation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principles of conducting an indoor air quality investigation are explained according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The definitions and glossary of terms associated with indoor air quality investigations are explained and are according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The principles of sampling for indoor air contaminants are explained and are according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The different methodologies of performing indoor air quality investigations are compared according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of conducting an indoor air quality investigation is explained in terms of the consequences to health, safety, comfort and production, according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The equipment used for conducting indoor air quality investigations is described and their principles of operation are explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The importance of collecting and transporting samples for analysis, according to the specifications of an accredited laboratory, is explained according to specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to conduct an indoor air quality investigation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required personal protective equipment is obtained, checked for functionality and used in accordance with its design and specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of examining, using and storing the personal protective equipment is explained in terms of the consequences to health, safety and productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The measuring instruments are examined, the calibration confirmed and defects are dealt with according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of examining instruments, confirming the calibration and dealing with defects is explained in terms of the consequences to health, safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Instruments and accessories are handled and transported in a manner that does not cause harm to self and others or damage to the instruments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The importance of obtaining permission to enter a working place is explained according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The consequences of entering a workplace without obtaining permission are explained in terms of health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The results of previous indoor air quality investigations, where available, are examined and findings and recommendations are noted in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The position where measurements are to be taken is selected, examined and hazards and risks pertaining to health and safety are dealt with according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Preparatory work is performed in a manner that fosters teamwork and avoids conflict. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct an indoor air quality investigation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The instruments and accessories are re-examined on site and conditions that could influence the accuracy of readings are explained according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of examining and dealing with the above is explained in terms of the consequences to health, safety, comfort and productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The measurements necessary for sampling airborne and other contaminants are conducted, according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of operating the instruments and accessories as prescribed are explained in terms of the consequences to health, safety, comfort and productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of recording results is explained according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Sub-standard conditions are dealt with according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The importance of compliance with standards is explained in terms of the consequences to health, safety, comfort and productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The immediate vicinity is continuously assessed and hazards and risks are dealt with according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The importance of continuously assessing hazards and risks is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    The sampling activities are conducted in a manner that fosters teamwork and avoids conflict. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform post-measuring activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Occupational exposure limits and limits for gas concentrations are explained and are consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The instruments are cleaned and stored according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of dealing with defective instruments is explained in terms of the consequence to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Particulate filters, gas, water and other samples, where applicable, are forwarded to an accredited laboratory for analysis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of transporting the samples in the manner prescribed by the analysing laboratory is explained according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    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 or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding 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 the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification 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.
  • 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 
    Solve problems related to the detection, analysis, and recording of hazardous and unhealthy conditions by recommending remedial and preventive measures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group/organisation/community by accepting, interpreting and delegating instructions correctly, if and when required, in a context-appropriate manner. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively by meeting specified requirements, recording test results in specified formats, and recommending appropriate action where necessary. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and critically evaluate measurements of indoor air quality to correct for conditions, environmental factors, and limitations that can influence readings, interpret information obtained, and recommend appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentations to record and report test results. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically (showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others) to select the appropriate methods and instruments for testing for indoor air quality. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recommending appropriate actions based on the evaluation of test results and reporting results to relevant designated persons, confirming that a specific observation, inference, action or decision can have an interrelated effect. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  79807   Further Education and Training Certificate: Occupational Hygiene and Safety  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  57631   National Certificate: Radiation Protection  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


    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.
     
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