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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Refine molten copper by means of oxygen and propanol blowing 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259719  Refine molten copper by means of oxygen and propanol blowing 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
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 will be useful to people who are responsible for refining molten copper by means of oxygen and propanol blowing.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge relating to the refining of molten copper.
  • Prepare to refine copper.
  • Refine copper.
  • Complete the duties pertaining to the refining process. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and mathematical literacy at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge relating to the refining of molten copper. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements pertaining to a safe, healthy work environment in the refining process and the consequences of not adhering to the above are explained in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of refining of copper by means of oxygen and propanol blowing is explained in terms of achieving specified production requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Hazards and associated risks pertaining to the refining process are identified through specified risk assessment procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The actions to be taken should hazards and risks be encountered are explained in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The principal components of the copper refining system are identified and their functions explained in terms of operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Principal components must include:
  • Anode furnace system components.
  • Auxiliary systems.
  • Safety devices.
  • Interlock system.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The lock-out procedures pertaining to the refining process and the consequences of non-compliance are explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The actions to be taken, should sub-standard conditions and problems be encountered, are explained in terms of operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The elementary principles of the refining process are explained in terms of operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The communication and recording requirements pertaining to the refining process and the consequences of non-compliance are explained in terms of operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    The operating parameters, control methods and factors affecting the refining process are explained in terms of operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to refine copper. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal protective and safety equipment is verified, examined and used in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools and equipment are verified, examined and used in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Workplace hazards and associated risks are dealt with in accordance with recommendations set out in the applicable risk assessment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The refining process is examined and substandard conditions are dealt with in accordance with standard plant operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Occupational safety and health precautions towards self and others are maintained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Refine copper. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal protective and safety equipment is used in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The start-up of the refining process is conducted in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The refining process is monitored and controlled in accordance with standard plant operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safe and optimum production is facilitated through effective communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Tools and equipment are used in accordance with prescribed practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Workplace hazards and associated risks are dealt with in accordance with recommendations set out in the applicable risk assessment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Problems encountered are dealt with in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Occupational safety and health precautions towards self and others are maintained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The operation of the refining process is conducted consistently with environmental policy and other legislation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete the duties pertaining to the refining process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The refining process is stopped in accordance with standard plant operating practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal protective and safety equipment is dealt with in accordance prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools and equipment are dealt with in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The product is dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Good housekeeping practices are maintained in accordance with plant instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Reports are submitted and data recorded in accordance with legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The plant is prepared for maintenance and lockout procedures adhered to in accordance with company policy. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge will be assessed in an integrated way in the context of the unit standard.

    Knowledge relating to refining molten copper by means of oxygen and propan:
  • The importance of refining of copper by means of oxygen and propanol blowing.
  • Principal components of the copper refining system.
  • Elementary principles of the refining process.
  • Operating parameters, control methods and factors affecting the process.

    Critical factors relating to separating material:
  • Legal and specified requirements.
  • Achieving specified production requirements.
  • Risk Assessment procedures and actions.
  • Identify the principal components and explain the specification and their functions.
  • Specified communication requirements.
  • Elementary principles of the process.

    Processes and events:
  • Preparation.
  • Examination.
  • Metal recovery.
  • Monitor and control.

    Causes and effects (Safety and Health):
  • Use of personal protective equipment.
  • Use of tools and equipment.
  • Workplace hazards and associated risks.
  • Housekeeping.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Methods of collecting, analysing, organising, summarising and presenting data.
  • Fault finding and corrective techniques.
  • Handling procedure and controls.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies and standards:
  • Safety, health and environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Quality policies, standards and agreements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note: The learner is able to monitor plant and process cofditions, identify anomalies and non-conformances and take appropriate action to resolve the issue with regards to refining molten copper. 

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

    Note: The learner contributes effectively to teamwork in the metals production process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note: The learner demonstrates the ability to constantly monitor plant and process conditions, record information effectively and accurately. 

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

    Note: The learner interacts confidently with the technology which is used to monitor and control conditions in the metals production plant. 

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

    Note: The learner understands the synergy between upstream, downstream and parallel processes, and his/her own role with regards to refining molten copper. 

    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:

    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Relevant Acts, e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act, 1996 (Act No. 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act No. 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives.

    Site-Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  64189   National Certificate: Metals Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  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.
     
    1. ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (VANDERBIJLPARK) (TP) 
    2. College of Production Technology 
    3. Samancor Chrome Ltd T/A Khuphuka Training & Development (MIDDELBURG) ( 



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