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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Control waste or effluent water in a manufacturing environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114639  Control waste or effluent water in a manufacturing environment 
ORIGINATOR
Chemical Industries SGB 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
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 does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for persons working in all sectors of manufacturing and assembly related industries using water in the workplace. This unit standard will contribute towards the achievement of a work-related skill in the area of pollution prevention and environmental management.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of wastewater/sewage and storm water systems,
  • Apply basic water pollution prevention practices,
  • Maintain good trade effluent control practices,
  • Maintain good hygiene and housekeeping practices.

    This unit will contribute to the full development and further mobility and transportability within the fields of manufacturing and technology. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and progression within the manufacturing context where hazardous materials are being handled. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Description of required skills, knowledge and understanding on:
  • Understand and use the number system, ABET level 3.
  • Read and respond to a range of text types, ABET level 3.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of occupational health, safety and environmental legislation relevant to the explosion manufacturing environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because a narrow range of knowledge and cognitive skills is applied. The application of this unit standard is to qualify the person for entry into career-based certification.

    The credit value assigned to this unit standard is appropriate and reflects the average length of time for an average qualifying learner to become competent.

    Recommended contact time and individual learning 20 h
    Recommended time spent in structured learning in the workplace and assessment 20h
    Total notional hours 40h 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate understanding of wastewater/sewage and storm water systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
  • The use of water in industry is explained and the problems associated with industrial waste water discussed according to applicable environment legislation.
  • Wastewater/sewage and storm water systems are identified and the consequences of interconnections explained with regard to the impact on health and environment.
  • Pre- treatment of effluent is discussed and reference made to consequences of releasing highly polluted water into the Local Authority's systems.
  • External sources of water supply and internal drainage systems are identified, and the differences between these explained in terms of effective effluent control practices. 

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply basic water pollution prevention practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
  • Personal preparation is done according to standard operating procedures.
  • Appropriate protective equipment and warning signs are prepared according to standard operating procedures.
  • Process effluent is handled according to standard operating procedures.
  • Polluted water is monitored and the correctly disposed of to ensure that sewage and storm water systems are not contaminated according to standard operating procedures.
  • The company's internal effluent system is described with reference to pollutants and problems relevant to different effluents.
  • Implications of not conforming to legislation and the Local Authority by-laws are explained in terms of impact on the environment, the operator and the company. 
  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Personal preparation refers to practices that ensure personal, product and environment safety.
  • Disposal includes at least one, but not limited to, the following methods: absorbent materials; bins; sand, oil and grease traps or SKIPS
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Maintain good effluent control practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
  • Effluent pipes are connected and disconnected with minimum spillage and due regard for health, hygiene, safety and environment according to standard operating procedures.
  • Effluent mechanisms, demarcated areas and bund walls are pre-treated and maintained according to standard operating procedures.
  • Spillages are disposed of in a way that meets with environmental policies and standard operating procedures.
  • Process records are kept according to standard operating procedures. 
  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Pre treatment refers to inspection, clearing of debris or reporting.
    Effluent mechanisms refer to sand, oil and grease traps and other pre-treatment of effluent mechanisms.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Maintain good hygiene and housekeeping practices when using industrial water. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
  • Good housekeeping standards are maintained according to standard operating procedures.
  • The work environment maintained according to according to standard operating procedures.
  • Team members describe their housekeeping and spill control responsibilities according to standard operating procedures. 
  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Maintaining of work environment may refer to cleanliness, free from debris and hazards. Sources of dirt and/or contamination are identified and removed.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Internal moderation.
  • External moderation.
  • An assessor, accredited by the relevant ETQA, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Assessment procedures will be supplied by the ETQA in alignment with NSB requirements.
  • All assessment activities must be fair, so that all candidates have equal opportunities. Activities must be free of gender, ethnic or other bias.
  • Assessment and moderation procedures, activities and tools must be transparent, affordable and support development within the field, sub-field and NQF.
  • Questions and answers to determine theoretical knowledge are expected.
  • Examination of an assessment portfolio.
  • Reporting skills are demonstrated by effective communication, using verbal (language) and/or writing skills.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected within the assessment criteria of each specific outcome and critical cross-field outcomes.
  • Basic content of appropriate legislation, by-laws and Company policies
  • Understanding of the functions of various wastewater/sewage disposal systems
  • Understanding of the functions of the factory's own effluent system
  • Health, hygiene and basic safety issues relating to wastewater/sewage 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Solving process related problems within the scope of work. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Performing personal preparation, workplace and equipment preparation to standard operating procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Analysing and interpreting manufacturing records and analysis. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication methods and keeping records. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large. 

    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 
    Legal requirements:
    The following acts and/or codes, current and future regulations and amendments may be applicable:
  • The Hazardous Substances Act and Regulations, Act 15 of 1973
  • The Occupational Health and Safety Act, Act 85 of 1993. Regulations No
    24272 of January 2003
  • The Mine Health and Safety Act, Act 29 of 1996
  • The Environmental Conservation Act, Act 73 of 1989
  • ISO 9001 & 14000 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58955   National Certificate: Chemical Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 
    Elective  78527   National Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  48725   National Certificate: Explosives Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-04-07  Was CHIETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  61929   National Certificate: Pulp and Paper Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 


    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. Ehlanzeni TVET College 
    2. MPACT 
    3. USIZO SKILLS ACADEMY 
    4. VEB CELE & Associates (Pty) Ltd 



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