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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Measure hazardous biological agents and recommend appropriate remedial action 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120364  Measure hazardous biological agents 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 able to measure hazardous biological agents.

Learners credited with this Unit Standard are capable of:
  • Describing the basic principles and specified requirements pertaining to hazardous biological agents.
  • Preparing to measure hazardous biological agents.
  • Testing for hazardous biological agents.
  • Reporting, recommending appropriately and dealing with equipment. 

  • 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.

    Site-specific requirements:
  • Managerial instructions.
  • Codes of Practice.
  • Company Standards.
  • Standard Task Procedures.
  • Health Management Program.
  • Risk Assessment Documentation.
  • Working Guides.
  • Manufacturers' specifications. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the basic principles and specified requirements pertaining to hazardous biological agents. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The definitions and recommended levels of hazardous biological agents are explained according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The procedures and legislation for dealing with hazardous biological agents are described and are consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effects that hazardous biological agents have on the health and safety of persons are explained and are according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of recommending appropriate action when exposure levels are exceeded is explained in terms of health and safety and is according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The sampling equipment's principle of operation and the precautions for handling and storage are explained in consistence with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The fundamentals of hazardous biological agents are explained in consistence with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to measure hazardous biological agents. 

    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 appropriate method and instrument/s required for measuring hazardous biological agents are selected according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The instruments and accessories are examined in consistence with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of examining the equipment is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    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 working place is examined and hazards and risks, pertaining to health and safety, are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

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

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

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Test for hazardous biological agents. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The measurement of hazardous biological agents is conducted according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of measuring according to specified requirements is explained in terms of the consequences to health, safety and production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relevant data are recorded and evaluated according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Conditions and limitations that may influence the sampling and results are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of dealing with such conditions is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The immediate vicinity is continuously assessed and hazards and risks pertaining to health and safety are dealt with according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The importance of dealing with such hazards and risks is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The measurement is performed in a manner that fosters teamwork and avoids conflict. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Report and recommend appropriately and deal with equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The instruments are cleaned and stored according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Defective equipment is dealt with 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 
    The samples are dealt with according to the specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reports are complete, accurate, in the required format, and submitted to designated personnel on required 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 measurement of hazardous biological agents 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 information 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 measuring hazardous biological agents. 

    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 


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