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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Weigh and slit wool and mohair bales 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123147  Weigh and slit wool and mohair bales 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
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
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 
To ensure that the learner is able to:
  • Understand the aims and objectives of the weighing and slitting processes.
  • Operate the various equipment used in weighing and slitting wool and mohair bales. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Apply the prescribed health and safety practices for conducting weighing and slitting of the wool and mohair bales. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: conveyors, forklifts, bale handling, lifting techniques, use of tools, personal protective equipment (PPE), personal protective clothing (PPC), good housekeeping, emergency stops. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for wearing the correct PPC during the weighing and slitting of wool and mohair bales are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The Personal Protective Equipment is used correctly when weighing and slitting wool and mohair bales. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The dangers of stepping or walking on the conveyors are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The stopping of conveyors through the use of 'emergency stops' is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The forklift operating procedures for transporting and positioning bales in the weighing and slitting process, as per the company's SOPs, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The prescribed lifting techniques that must be used in handling bales during the weighing and slitting process are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The ways in which good housekeeping can minimise the occurrence of safety incidents is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the practices for transferring wool and mohair bales to the weighing and slitting areas. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: conveyors, forklifts, lots, trolleys, temporary storage, weighing area, slitting area, standard operating procedures (SOP). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The operation of conveyors, for transferring wool and mohair bales to the weighing and slitting areas, as per the company's Standard Operating Procedures is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The operation of a forklift, for transferring wool and mohair bales to the weighing and slitting areas, as per the company's Standard Operating Procedures is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The use of trolleys, for transferring wool and mohair from the temporary storage area to the weighing and slitting areas, as per the company's Standard Operating Procedures is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The processes for compiling the auction lots are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the processes for weighing wool and mohair bales. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: scales, calibration, loading procedures, eight recording, operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The procedures for loading the wool and mohair bales onto the scales, as per the company's Standard Operating Procedures are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The operation and functions of the scales is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of conducting regular calibration of the scales is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The recording of the weights of wool and mohair bales, as per the company's Standard Operating Procedures, are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The processes for the allocation of 'splits' to the various bins, as per the company's SOPs, are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the role that bale slitting plays in the preparation for the wool and mohair auction. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: reasons for bale slitting, hygiene, contamination, heating element, sequence, operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for slitting wool and mohair bales are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The procedures for slitting wool and mohair bales are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The purpose of using random slitting positions on the bales is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The role that the heating element plays in the maintenance of hygiene and the elimination of contamination during the slitting process is described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Conduct preventative maintenance checks on all machinery and equipment that is used in the weighing and slitting processes. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: scales, conveyors, forklifts, heating elements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of regular calibration of the scales and the operational checks that must be conducted are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The preventative maintenance checks for the conveyors and the frequency in which they must be conducted are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of regularly checking the emergency stops on the conveyors is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The daily checks that have to be conducted on the forklifts are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of regularly testing the heating elements on the slitting machines and the procedures for their replacement are explained. 


    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.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected in the Assessment Criteria for each Specific Outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by:
  • Applying the safety practices when operating the slitting and weighing equipment.
  • Allocating the transference of 'splits' to the binning and blending area. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or communities by:
  • Understanding the role of colleagues in operating the various machinery. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Coordinating the transference of the bales to the weighing and slitting areas.
  • Ensuring that all preventative maintenance procedures are regularly carried out.
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Understanding the necessity of regularly calibrating the scales.
  • Recognising the importance of the preventative maintenance checks on machinery.
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation by:
  • Reporting any fault in the conveyors.
  • Relaying the status of bales in the temporary storage area and the causes of the "bottlenecks" in the processes.
  • Complete a report on the discovery of foreign objects/materials in the bales. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Understanding the possible cross contamination of the fibres that can result from faulty heating elements.
  • Inspecting the slitting positions for any uniformity of cuts and observe any areas that are regularly unselected.
  • Understanding the function and operation of the calibration of the scales. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation:
  • Evident in all Specific Outcomes.
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities.
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to contribute to the full personal development of themselves and the social and economic development of the society at large:
  • Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors must:
  • Be registered as an assessor by the relevant ETQA.
  • Hold an assessor certificate according to the current requirements.
  • Have experience or in depth knowledge of agriculture and food processing, specifically as it relates to wool. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    The Learner:
  • Is expected to perform the specific outcomes reflected in this unit standard without direct supervision.
  • Should have access to work site procedures.
  • Should demonstrate an application of ethics and values.
  • Must apply basic principles of general safety and customer care.
  • Should demonstrate an awareness of the expectations and obligations of basic employee/employer relations including industrial relations principles.

    At this level the communication/reporting of issues arising in the workplace, is embedded in the specific outcomes and the related assessment criteria.

    It is understood that, due to the nature of the work environment and the skills level of the Learner, that the aspects of teamwork form an integral part of the necessary specific outcomes and related assessment criteria.

    The points included under the notes, should be included when the qualifying Learners are being assessed. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  50228   National Certificate: Wool and Mohair Handling  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


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