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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Comply with safety requirements in the medical pathology or blood transfusion fields 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114730  Comply with safety requirements in the medical pathology or blood transfusion fields 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Phlebotomy Technicians 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2004-08-11  2007-08-11  SAQA 0855/04 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2008-08-11   2011-08-11  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
252401  Comply with safety requirements in the medical pathology and blood transfusion fields  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is intended for learners who are working within the medical pathology or blood transfusion fields. Safety is the cornerstone of all facets in the preventive, curative and promotive health field. The qualifying learner will be able, through knowledge, skills and attitude, to work safely within the medical field thus enhancing health care delivery and economic transformation

Qualifying learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Understand how to keep the working environment safe
  • Know what they are required to do in the event of an accident
  • Understand the spread of infections and diseases and the types of infection control procedures commonly used
  • Safely handle the chemicals and equipment used in the course of their duties 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Language and communication skills at or equivalent to NQF level 3 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The prescribed protocols referred to in this unit standard are the written instructions relating to specific tasks and procedures of the institution where the learner is currently employed.
    These instructions are studied and understood by the learner. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Maintain a safe working environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The working environment is kept clean and tidy according to prescribed protocol 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Potential hazards in the work area are recognised and reported according to the prescribed protocol and relevant legislation 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    International safety symbols common to the working environment are accurately identified 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Knowledge of the premises and housekeeping prescribed protocol is demonstrated orally or in writing 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    React appropriately in the event of an accident. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The location of safety equipment is identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety procedures include but are not limited to eye wash bottles, first aid box, shower, fire hose, fire extinguisher, safety blanket, gas and electricity mains.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Knowledge of the use of the safety equipment is demonstrated orally, in writing and/or through simulation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Knowledge of the prescribed protocol relating to safety procedures and reporting structures is demonstrated orally or in writing. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety procedures include but are not limited to evacuation procedures, handling of chemical spills, accidents and accidental exposure to blood borne pathogens (needle stick injuries).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Protocol for reporting and recording all incidents/accidents is demonstrated orally or in writing. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prevent the spread of infection and disease in the working environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Knowledge of how infections and diseases are spread is demonstrated orally or in writing 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Knowledge of the prescribed immunization protocol is demonstrated orally or in writing 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Personal protective clothing/equipment is correctly worn/used 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Personal protective clothing/equipment includes but is not limited to gloves, laboratory coats, masks, pipette shields, eye goggles, footwear
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Hands are washed according to prescribed protocol 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Biological specimens and their containers are handled and packaged according to prescribed protocol and relevant legislation 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Biohazardous medical waste is safely discarded and/or decontaminated according to prescribed protocol and relevant legislation 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate the safe handling of chemicals, gasses and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Chemicals in the working environment are labelled, dispensed, used, stored, transported and disposed of according to prescribed protocol and relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment is handled and used according to the manufacturer's instructions, prescribed protocol and safety requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Gasses used in the working environment are stored and used according to prescribed protocol, legislation and safety requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider by the relevant ETQA
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners can understand and explain
  • The prescribed safety protocol/s of the institution where they are currently employed
  • The sections of the Occupation Health and Safety Act No 85 of 1993 as it applies to their own work situation
  • The relevance of Universal Precautions in the working environment
  • The meaning of biohazardous medical waste and how to safely discard it
  • The regulations relating to the safe handling, packaging, transportation and storage of samples collected for pathology or blood transfusion purposes
  • The appropriate use of chemicals in the working environment and the safe handling of these chemicals
  • The appropriate use of personal protective clothing and equipment
  • The prevention of the spread of infection within the medical field
  • The waste disposal guidelines of the Health Professions Council of South Africa 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
  • Maintain a safe working environment
  • Know how to react in the event of an accident
  • Prevent the spread of infection and disease in the working environment
  • Demonstrate the safe handling of chemicals and equipment 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
  • Maintain a safe working environment
  • Know how to react in the event of an accident
  • Prevent the spread of infection and disease in the working environment
  • Demonstrate the safe handling of chemicals and equipment 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
  • Maintain a safe working environment
  • Know how to react in the event of an accident
  • Prevent the spread of infection and disease in the working environment
  • Demonstrate the safe handling of chemicals and equipment 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
  • Maintain a safe working environment
  • Know how to react in the event of an accident
  • Prevent the spread of infection and disease in the working environment
  • Demonstrate the safe handling of chemicals and equipment 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
  • Maintain a safe working environment
  • Know how to react in the event of an accident
  • Prevent the spread of infection and disease in the working environment
  • Demonstrate the safe handling of chemicals and equipment 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
  • Maintain a safe working environment
  • Know how to react in the event of an accident
  • Prevent the spread of infection and disease in the working environment
  • Demonstrate the safe handling of chemicals and equipment 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
  • Maintain a safe working environment
  • Know how to react in the event of an accident
  • Prevent the spread of infection and disease in the working environment
  • Demonstrate the safe handling of chemicals and equipment 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
  • Maintain a safe working environment
  • Know how to react in the event of an accident
  • Prevent the spread of infection and disease in the working environment
  • Demonstrate the safe handling of chemicals and equipment 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 252401, which is "Comply with safety requirements in the medical pathology and blood transfusion fields ", Level 4, 5 credits.

    Entry Requirements:
  • Learners collecting and / or handling human tissue samples must be registered with a relevant Statutory Health Council. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48732   Further Education and Training Certificate: Phlebotomy Techniques  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-08-11  Was HPCSA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  50285   National Certificate: Professional Driving  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    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. Andebe Training and Skills Development 



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