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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Utilise cold storage and despatch practices in a poultry abattoir 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119443  Utilise cold storage and despatch practices in a poultry abattoir 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
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 
Understand the role of the cold room and cold storage in a poultry abattoir. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Health and Safety Level 2.
Personal Hygiene Level 2. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
N/A 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Show knowledge of the temperatures and air flow requirements of a cold room. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The products that may be stored in a cold room are detailed. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Fresh meat, portions, whole and packs, not frozen.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The storage requirements within a cold room are described. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Cartons, trays, free air flow around containers.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The environment that is necessary for the storage of poultry products in the cold room is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Temperature, air circulation, as per legislation.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Demonstrate the loading and positioning of pallets in a cold storage warehouse. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The correct pallet stacking procedures are demonstrated. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Circulation around containers, position in warehouse, bar code identification.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The limits for loading pallets are determined and described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The pallets that should be despatched first are selected. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Understand why hygiene and temperature monitoring checks are necessary in a cold storage facility. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The use of a thermograph to take readings is demonstrated. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Thermograph.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The need for taking regular readings is explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Daily and hourly fluctuations.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The problems that could arise if hygiene checks are not carried out in the cold room and cold storage areas are mentioned. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Vermin, odours, mould, bacterial growth.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Recognise the requirements for storing and handling poultry products in the cold storage area. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The procedures for the storing and handling of offal according to company SOP's are described. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Water tight seal, separate offal from poultry, not on floor.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The areas that require regular cleaning are indicated. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Housekeeping, clean despatch area after each shift.
 


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 through 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.

    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established principles. Practical assessment activities will be used, which are appropriate to the contents in which qualifying learners are working. These activities will include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge be assessed. The specific outcomes must be assessed in its own right, through oral and practical evidence. It cannot be assessed by observation only.

    The specific outcomes and essential knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge, but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, then they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a learner is able to perform specific outcomes, but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as
    competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found, both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected in the Assessment Criteria for each Specific Outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities, and
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been mad.
    Specific Outcome: 2, 3
  • Demonstrate the loading and positioning of pallets in a cold storage warehouse.
  • Understand why hygiene and temperature monitoring checks are necessary in a cold storage
    facility. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community.
    Specific Outcome: 2
  • Demonstrate the loading and positioning of pallets in a cold storage warehouse. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
    Specific Outcome: 2, 3, 4
  • Demonstrate the loading and positioning of pallets in a cold storage warehouse.
  • Understand why hygiene and temperature monitoring checks are necessary in a cold storage
    facility.
  • Recognise the requirements for storing and handling poultry products in the cold storage area. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyze, organise and critically evaluate information.
    Specific Outcome: 1, 2, 3
  • Show knowledge of the temperatures and air flow requirements of a cold room.
  • Demonstrate the loading and positioning of pallets in a cold storage warehouse.
  • Understand why hygiene and temperature monitoring checks are necessary in a cold storage
    facility. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation.
    Specific Outcome: 2, 3
  • Demonstrate the loading and positioning of pallets in a cold storage warehouse.
  • Understand why hygiene and temperature monitoring checks are necessary in a cold storage
    facility. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
    Specific Outcome: All
  • Show knowledge of the temperatures and air flow requirements of a cold room.
  • Demonstrate the loading and positioning of pallets in a cold storage warehouse.
  • Understand why hygiene and temperature monitoring checks are necessary in a cold storage
    facility.
  • Recognise the requirements for storing and handling poultry products in the cold storage area. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
    Specific Outcome: 1, 2, 3
  • Show knowledge of the temperatures and air flow requirements of a cold room.
  • Demonstrate the loading and positioning of pallets in a cold storage warehouse.
  • Understand why hygiene and temperature monitoring checks are necessary in a cold storage
    facility. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49583   General Education and Training Certificate: Poultry Processing  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  49581   National Certificate: Poultry Processing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    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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    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.