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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Determine the amount of particulate matter in water by means of a turbidimeter 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
421863  Determine the amount of particulate matter in water by means of a turbidimeter 
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 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 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 determine the amount of particulate matter in water by means of a Turbidimeter.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the specified requirements pertaining to determining the amount of particulate matter in water.
  • Prepare to determine the amount of particulate matter.
  • Determine the amount of particulate matter.
  • Perform post-measuring 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 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of the specified requirements pertaining to determining the amount of particulate matter in water. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The limits regarding the allowable particulate matter concentration in water are explained in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effects that particulate matter has on the health of persons are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of taking and analysing samples to ensure a healthy environment is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The manner in which particulate matter is liberated from water to the general atmosphere is explained in terms of scientific data contained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to determine the amount of particulate matter in water. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required personal protective equipment is examined and used in accordance with its design and specified requirements. 

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The apparatus is examined, calibrated and the operational procedure conducted in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of examining the apparatus and following the specified procedure is explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The workplace is examined and all hazards and risks are dealt with in accordance with health and safety regulations. 

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

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Determine the amount of particulate matter in the water. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of preparing the sample is explained in terms of the consequences to occupational health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The prepared sample is analysed in accordance with specified requirements and the importance of analysing as prescribed is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relevant data are recorded and the importance of recording the data is explained in terms of specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform post-measuring activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Defective equipment is dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The sample residue is discarded according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reports are compiled and submitted in accordance with 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.
  • Particulate matter concentration in water.
  • Effects that particulate matter have on the health of persons.
  • Taking and analysing samples.
  • Liberation of particulate matter from water to the general atmosphere.
  • Using and caring for measuring apparatus.
  • Sample preparation.
  • Sample is analysis. 

  • 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 determining the amount of particulate matter in water by means of a turbidimeter. 

  • 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 determining the amount of particulate matter in water by means of a turbidimeter. 

  • 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 determining the amount of particulate matter in water by means of a turbidimeter. 

  • 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

    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.
     
    NONE 



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