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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Handle water samples for analysis 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259607  Handle water samples for analysis 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Occupational Health and Safety 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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
115107  Collect water sample for analysis  Level 2  NQF Level 02   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The person credited with this unit standard is able to take the appropriate actions based on the water samples to be collected and follow procedures for its safe handling and the recording of results. Learners will also be able to ensure their actions do not result in unsafe or dangerous situations to people, equipment or the environment.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Describing the specified requirements pertaining to collecting water samples.
  • Preparing to take samples.
  • Conducting water sampling.
  • Performing post-sampling 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 
    Wherever the term "handle" is used it refers to specific tasks such as collecting, transporting and testing. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe specified requirements pertaining to collecting water samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The occupational exposure limits are described in terms of relevant substances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effects of substances are described in terms of their impact on the health of persons and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of taking water samples is described in order to ensure a healthy environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The process of liberating substances from water into the general atmosphere is described using examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The requirements of the containers used for the collection of water samples are explained in terms of safety, health and contamination. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Methods used to transport water samples are described using examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to take samples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of examining and using the correct equipment and containers is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Containers are selected in order to meet sample requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The risks of entering the workplace without authorisation are explained in terms of its potential impact on health, safety and operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of examining the workplace and dealing with hazards and risks are explained in terms of the possible consequences to health and safety. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct water sampling. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Sampling points are selected according to specific sampling requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Water sample is taken according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of taking water samples in the prescribed manner is described in terms of consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Data is examined to determine relevance for recording purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The actions to be taken when encountered water samples exceed legal exposure levels are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences of failing to record and report sample data results are explained in terms of their impact on health, safety and operations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform post-sampling activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment is examined in order to determine its working condition and any defects are recorded and reported according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consequences of failing to deal with the samples according to standard operating procedures are explained in terms of their impact on health, safety and operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    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 
  • Types of detection and measurement methodologies for collecting water samples.
  • Effects water samples may have on the health and safety of people.
  • Circumstances that necessitate the evaluation of water samples.
  • The use and operation of water gathering equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems which may impact on the success of the collection of water samples. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when entering the workplace and in the collection of the water samples. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities in terms of the worksite requirements for collection of water samples. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information which will have an impact on the preparation for and gathering of water samples. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when entering the worksite and in the reporting process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology to evaluate the water samples in terms of safe exposure levels. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where the failure to carry out the collection of water samples safely 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 115107, "Collect water sample for analysis", 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
    Core  90656   National Certificate: Mine Ventilation  Not Applicable  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    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 


    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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