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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform an audiometric screening test in an occupational setting 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252126  Perform an audiometric screening test in an occupational setting 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nursing 
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  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 is intended for people who are responsible for screening for workplace-induced hearing impairments in an occupational setting or workplace. Those credited with this unit standard will be able to implement, interpret, evaluate and report on audiometric screening that complies with current established occupational standards.

Competence in this unit standard will enable the learner to:
  • Prepare for an audiometric screening test.
  • Conduct an audiometric screening test on a patient.
  • Interpret, evaluate, record and report the audiometric screening test results. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication Skills at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4.
  • Computer literacy at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • All actions are carried out in terms of the current specified legal requirements, manufacturer's specifications where applicable and standard operating procedures of the specific occupational setting.
  • Learners are expected to comply at all times within the scope of practice formulated by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Learners must comply with baseline, periodic and exit examination criteria as applicable to the occupational setting. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare for an audiometric screening test. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pre-test the audiometric equipment to ensure the required functionality and record calibrations for baseline comparison. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ensure a soundproof environment to prevent interference from outside noise which results in false-negative test results. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Conduct an audiometric screening test on a patient. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The acoustic health history is obtained from the patient and, where indicated, an otoscopic examination is conducted to ensure the absence of any contraindications to screening such as current ear infections. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Health information such as, patient's rights, patient and worksite responsibilities, is proactively provided in terms of good clinical practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The equipment is demonstrated to the patient utilizing the threshold technique to ensure patient compliance and to minimise possible false results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Findings of the assessment are recorded and deviations are reported to the designated person for possible correction. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Interpret, evaluate, record and report the audiometric screening test results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The environmental survey results are recorded and the audiometric screening test results are explained to the patient. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Where necessary, referrals, with accompanying health to records, are made to hearing health care professionals for further treatment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information regarding the application for compensation for noise induced hearing loss and occupational trauma of the ear is supplied where appropriate. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Institutions offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as providers by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors and moderators of the unit standard must be accredited as such by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors and moderators must be in possession of an equivalent or higher qualification that of the learner and must be experienced in the testing, evaluating, interpreting and recording of audiometric screening testing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Noise as a worksite hazard and the potential for noise induced hearing loss in the workplace.
  • Cultural and worksite health behaviour and the need for objective testing when a risk is identified.
  • Relevant current legislation for testing for, referral and reporting of hearing loss.
  • Health professional resources available for referral for workplace-induced hearing disorders. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses indicate that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

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

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome(s):
  • Conduct an audiometric screening test on a patient.
  • Interpret, evaluate, record and report the audiometric screening test results. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

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

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

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

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contributing to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large:

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome(s):
  • Conduct an audiometric screening test on a patient.
  • Interpret, evaluate, record and report the audiometric screening test results.

    Clear instructions and encouragement are given to the patient throughout the procedure to ensure accurate outcomes and in terms of good clinical practice. 

  • 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 
    Terminology:
  • Best practice: Documented best operating practice with wide acceptance throughout the industry.
  • Specific and legal requirements:
    > Current, relevant legislation pertaining to: Mines Health and Safety; Compensation for Occupational Injury and Disease; Occupational Health and Safety.
    > Best practice.
    > Policies, procedures and standards.
    > SABS 083 code of practice.
    > Noise Induced hearing Loss Regulations and Instructions.

    Credit Allocation:

    Learning Experience; Hours; Credits.
    Theoretical Learning; 25; 2.5.
    Experiential Clinical Learning; 25; 2.5.

    Total; 50; 5.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Integrated assessment is carried out as a series of structured, evidence gathering processes throughout the period of learning as formative assessment. The learner's performance is assessed through the use of a range of methods and culminates in a final or summative assessment.

    Methods include, but are not limited to:
  • Demonstrations.
  • Assignments.
  • Projects.
  • Written tests.
  • Clinical Assessments. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Fundamental  59257   Bachelor of Nursing  Level 7  NQF Level 08  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  59236   National Diploma: Nursing  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2020-07-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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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