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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Test for gases by means of chemical detector tubes 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
421855  Test for gases by means of chemical detector tubes 
ORIGINATOR
QCTO Task Team - Mining and Minerals 
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  Not Applicable  NQF Level 03 
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 have responsibility to test for gases by means of chemical detector tubes.

Learners credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to testing for gases by means of chemical detector tubes.
  • Prepare to test for gases.
  • Test for gases.
  • Perform post-testing activities. 

  • 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 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to testing for gases by means of chemical detector tubes 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The instrument's principle of operation is explained in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The range and limitations of the detector tubes are explained in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The handling and use of the instrument and accessories is explained in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The environmental factors influencing the accuracy of the readings are explained to ensure they meet specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The interpretation and conversion of gas concentration is explained in terms of the process. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to test for gases 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal protective equipment is examined and used in accordance with specified requirements. 

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The instrument and accessories are inspected and tested for functionality and defects are dealt with. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Permission, where applicable, is obtained to enter the working place and the dangers of entering a working place without obtaining permission are explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The working place is examined and hazards and risks are dealt with in accordance with occupational health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The preparation work is performed in a manner that fosters teamwork and avoids conflict. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Test for gas and take appropriate action 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The test for gas is conducted in accordance to occupational health, safety and production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The test results are recorded and evaluated and if necessary, action is taken in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of evaluating test results and taking corrective action is explained in terms of the consequences to health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Conditions and limitations that can influence the readings are dealt with and the importances of dealing with such condition are explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The immediate vicinity is continuously assessed and hazards and risks pertaining to health and safety are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The importance of dealing with hazards and risks is explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform post-testing activities 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The instrument is cleaned and defective equipment and used detector tubes are dealt with in a manner consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of dealing with defective and used equipment is explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reports are complete, accurate, in the required format, and submitted to designated personnel on time in terms of legal and site-specific requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant QCTO Quality Assurance Partner (QAP).
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant QCTO QAP.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant QAP according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed QAP procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Relevant Occupational Health and safety knowledge.
  • Report writing requirements.
  • Legal and site-specific requirements.
  • Using and caring for chemical detector tubes.
  • Principle of operation of chemical detector tubes.
  • Range and limitations of the detector tubes.
  • The handling and use of the instrument and accessories.
  • Environmental factors influencing the accuracy of the readings.
  • Interpretation and conversion of gas concentration.
  • Recording and evaluating test results.
  • Continuously assessing immediate vicinity. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team / group / organisation / community.
    Note:
    The ability and willingness of the learner to work effectively when testing for gases by means of chemical tester tubes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and evaluate information.
    Note:
    The ability of the learner to collect and interpret information and take appropriate action when testing for gases by means of chemical tester tubes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
    Note:
    The ability of the learner to select and use appropriate equipment and apply relevant techniques when testing for gases by means of chemical tester tubes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems.
    Note:
    The learner understands the interaction between various processes and individuals in the mining industry and plays a constructive role in that regard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

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

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

    Legal:
  • OHS Act and Regulations 85 / 1993.
  • Mine Health and Safety Act and Regulations 29 / 1996.
  • Guideline for mandatory Codes of Practice.

    Site- Specific requirements:
  • Managerial instructions.
  • Codes of Practice.
  • Company Standards.
  • Standard Task Procedures.
  • Health Management Programme.
  • Risk Assessment Documentation.
  • Working Guides.
  • Manufacturers' specifications. 

  • 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 


    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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