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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct routine inspections on percussion rock drills 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259606  Conduct routine inspections on percussion rock drills 
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  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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
116517  Conduct routine inspections on percussion rock drills  Level 2  NQF Level 02   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard is able to ensure that all the correct preparations and inspection processes and procedures are carried out during the percussion rock drill inspection. Learners will also be able to examine both the test equipment and percussion rock drills for defects as well as inspect the worksite for potential risks and hazards.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Describing the inspection process of a percussion rock drill.
  • Preparing to conduct an inspection.
  • Inspecting percussion rock drill.
  • Performing post-inspection activities. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the inspection process of a percussion rock drill. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The need for conducting rock drill inspections is described in terms of safety and operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The dust suppression mechanism is described in terms of its requirements and impact on health and safety. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to conduct an inspection. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required personal protective equipment (PPE) is available, operational, fit for purpose and used in accordance with its design and standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of examining and using the correct equipment is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The measuring equipment is examined and defects dealt with according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Arrangements to enter the workplace are made in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The risks of entering the workplace without authorisation are explained in terms of its impact on health, safety and operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Inspection site is examined and hazards and risks are dealt with in terms of their effect on health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    An explanation is given of the importance of examining the workplace and dealing with hazards and risks in terms of the possible consequences to health and safety. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Inspect percussion rock drill. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The rock drill is examined in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Identified sub standard items are handled in accordance with standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Handled includes but is not limited to reporting, using, referring and storing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of examining the rock drill and dealing with hazards and risks are described in terms of the possible consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Inspection equipment is used according to manufacturer's specifications and in line with safety prescripts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety prescripts include but are not limited to minimising/avoiding injuries to self and others.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The results of the inspection are assessed for recording purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences of failing to record and report inspection results are described in terms of its impact on health, safety and operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The immediate vicinity is continuously assessed for hazards and risks pertaining to health and safety. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform post-inspection activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment is examined in order to determine its working condition. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Any defects must be recorded and reported according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consequences of failing to deal with the defects are described in terms of their impact on health, safety and operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Inspection equipment used is examined for cleaning and storage purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reports are compiled for dissemination and other relevant purposes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Compilation and dissemination must take place in line with statutory and organisational requirements.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Legal and site specific prescripts for inspecting percussion rock drills.
  • The hazards and risks associated with the worksite. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems pertaining to the test equipment, worksite risks and hazards identified and defective/broken equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when entering a workplace to conduct a routine percussion rock drill inspections. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities in terms of the worksite requirements for conducting an inspection on percussion rock drills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when preparing for and during the inspection of percussion rock drills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when generating and disseminating reports. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology to conduct the inspections on percussion rock drills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where the failure to carry out inspections on percussion rock drills or the use of faulty inspection equipment can have a negative impact on health, safety and operations. 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 116517, "Conduct routine inspections on percussion rock drills", Level 2, 2 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  74269   National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-07-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  90656   National Certificate: Mine Ventilation  Not Applicable  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    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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