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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Use tools and operate equipment in an environmentally responsible manner 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119556  Use tools and operate equipment in an environmentally responsible manner 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Environmental Sc/Mgt & Waste Mgt 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 10 - Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences Environmental Sciences 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
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 
In order for me to perform effectively in the field of environmental science, environmental management and waste management, I will be able to:
  • Select the appropriate tools or equipment for the purpose.
  • Use tools or operate equipment correctly to achieve the purpose.
  • Care for and store the tools and equipment safely and responsibly.
  • Carry out all activities related to the tools and equipment in accordance with good environmental practice.

    I will also know and understand:
  • Concepts and principles which underpin my activities and the use of the tools / operation of the equipment.

    I can be assessed against this unit standard in the context of any activity which is related to managing environmental issues, such as:
  • Waste management related activities, eg:
    > Materials recovery and buy back centres.
    > Waste reception.
    > Landfill operations.
  • Water course cleaning, care and maintenance.
  • Care of public places, open areas, cultural and natural heritage sites.
  • Maintenance of parks and sports fields.
  • Involvement in community projects and job creation schemes relating to environmental practice.
  • General industrial or extraction, ie activities with an environmental care or improvement focus.

    The skill, the knowledge and the values reflected in this unit standard form part of the exit level outcomes required for the National Certificate in Environmental Practice NQF Level 2. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that there is competent in Communication and Mathematical literacy skills at NQF Level 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The scope and level of this unit standard is indicated by range statements related to the Specific Outcomes. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Select and use appropriate tools and equipment responsibly. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Tools and equipment includes hand tools, mechanical machines, eg pneumatic compaction equipment, chain saws, bush cutters, static compaction equipment, weighing equipment, pumps, mixing equipment, shredding equipment, lifts, hoists, loaders, transport vehicles (inspection and basic maintenance only).

    Responsibly: with due care for health, safety and the environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The tools and equipment are selected appropriately for the purpose and with regard to their impact on the environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    With regard to their impact on the environment: the potential and actual impacts on the environment of tools and equipment are anticipated or identified and appropriate choices are made.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Operations involving a range of tools and equipment are completed in accordance with correct operational procedures and in an environmentally responsible manner. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Correct operational procedures: learners who are not in formal employment would have to be assessed under simulated operational conditions.

    Environmentally-responsible manner includes conserving resources, minimising waste, preventing soil loss, preventing wastage of water and energy, preventing pollution, preventing harm to wildlife, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Operations are carried out efficiently and to safety, health, environmental and quality standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Standards include legal requirements, standard operating procedures and work instructions. Learners who are not in formal employment would have to be assessed under simulated operational conditions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tools and equipment are used safely and with due care for self, fellow workers, equipment, materials and the environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Used safely includes appropriate use of personal protective clothing and equipment for each tool and piece of equipment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Questions about the selection and use of tools and equipment are responded to appropriately. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Questions would include potential and actual impact(s) of the tools and equipment on the environment, application of correct operational procedures, safety measures, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Basic principles that underpin the structure and/or function of the tools or equipment are explained clearly. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    This assessment criterion relates to having sufficient knowledge and understanding of such principles (mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, power, torque, etc) for the application of operational, maintenance and safety requirements, etc, to be meaningful to the learner.

    Workplace requirements include operational, maintenance, storage and safety requirements, etc. Learners who are not in formal employment would meet an equivalent standard.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Inspect and prepare tools and equipment prior to use. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Inspect includes checking for damage to the tool; checking the safety and condition of the tools and equipment; considering the environmental impact of the tools and equipment; checking pollution control measures (eg bafflers for noise reduction, scrubbers, sprinklers for dust suppression, filters); checking for leaks and emissions, etc.

    Prepare tools may include installation of blades and bits, lubricating moving parts, minor adjustments, sharpening, unlocking. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Inspection and preparation is performed accurately and according to worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    According to worksite procedures: learners who are not in formal employment would have to be assessed under simulated operational conditions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consequences of not preparing tools and equipment correctly for use are explained correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Unsafe or damaged tools and equipment, or tools and equipment which may impact adversely on the environment, are identified, reported and their use discontinued. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Maintain and store tools and equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Simple repairs, maintenance and care tasks are carried out according to worksite procedures and in an environmentally-responsible manner. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Worksite procedures: learners who are not in formal employment would have to be assessed under simulated operational conditions.

    Environmentally-responsible manner includes correct disposal of old oil and parts; containing and cleaning up spillages; repairing and reporting leaks, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools and equipment are stored in an environmentally-responsible manner and appropriately. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Where applicable, includes immobilisation of equipment and secondary containment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools and equipment are kept securely and records maintained appropriately. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes following procedures for obtaining tools, equipment and consumables; accounting for consumables used.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Potential or actual breaches of security are identified and reported accurately. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    To obtain credits I must be assessed. The assessment will be based on evidence that I produce. My assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of a relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA), which has jurisdiction over this field of learning. The policies and procedures of the relevant ETQA will also determine:
  • How my assessment is moderated.
  • How I can appeal against the outcome of the assessment.

    Any institution or company which offers learning that will enable me to achieve the purpose of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.

    My assessment against this standard should meet all the requirements of established principles. It should include practical assessment activities, which are appropriate to the contents of this unit standard. These activities should include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations, etc.

    I can be assessed in the language of my choice although if I have to report incidents or conditions to someone else, I will be assessed on my ability to report in the language commonly used in my working environment.

    I will be assessed on all the Specific Outcomes, Critical Cross-Field Outcomes and essential embedded knowledge. The Specific Outcomes must be assessed in their own right, through oral and practical evidence. My assessment will not only be based on observation but also on other evidence which I compile into a portfolio of evidence. I cannot be assessed only through a written or oral test.

    The Specific Outcomes and Essential Knowledge will be assessed in relation to each other. If I am able to explain the items which fall under the heading of essential embedded knowledge, but am unable to perform the Specific Outcomes, then I cannot be assessed as 'competent'. Similarly, if I am able to perform tasks described under the Specific Outcomes, but cannot explain or justify them in terms of the fundamental concepts, principles and practice relevant to the level of the unit standard that underpins my skill, then I cannot be assessed as 'competent'.

    I will also be assessed on my ability to apply the principles and techniques related to the Critical Cross-Field Outcomes, not only in terms of what I can demonstrate, but also in terms of what I know and can discuss.

    My assessment for this unit standard can be done in conjunction with the assessment of other unit standards related to a qualification, and even in conjunction with my assessment for the qualification as a whole. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following items reflect the type of knowledge that the assessor will evaluate
    1.Names & functions of:
    > tools and equipment
    > attachments (where applicable)
    > storage areas / facilities
    > services and consumables
    > personal protective equipment

    2.Purpose of:
    > tools and equipment
    > caring for tools and equipment
    > operational procedures
    > health and safety procedures
    > signs and symbols related to safety
    > using personal protective clothing and equipment
    > caring for the environment

    3.Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
    > tools and equipment
    > the functioning of the equipment
    > services / consumables
    > operating procedures
    > personal protective clothing and equipment

    4.Processes and events:
    > selecting and wearing appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment
    > selecting and using the appropriate tools and equipment

    5.Causes and effects, implications of:
    > selecting the incorrect tools or equipment for the purpose or the material
    > not following correct operational procedures
    > holding or using the tool or equipment incorrectly
    > incorrect preparation, handling, storage or maintenance
    > potential impact on the environment of tools or equipment
    > implications for the environment of misuse of tools or equipment
    > potential impact on the reputation of the enterprise of environmental practices

    6.Procedures and techniques:
    > correct operational procedures
    > cleaning, inspection, preparation and storage of tools and equipment
    > maintenance of tools and equipment
    > emergency procedures
    > isolating and reporting damaged equipment
    > recording information related to use of tools and equipment

    7.Sensory cues:
    > visual cues, smell, sound, taste and touch associated with incorrect settings, blunt blades, loose bolts, incorrect operation, etc.

    8.Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
    > sections applicable to safety, health and the environment
    > rights and responsibilities of the individual regarding the environment

    9.Theory: rules, principles, laws:
    > related to the use or operation of the tools and equipment
    > basic understanding of leverage, force, pressure, torque
    > related to the environmental impact of specific actions or tools / equipment

    10.Categories:
    > tools and equipment
    > services and consumables

    11.Relationships, systems:
    > relationship between the nature of the tool or piece of equipment, the purpose for which it is used and the individual's responsibility and obligations to the environment and human health and safety 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems
    > Use the tools and operating the equipment
    > Anticipate impacts of tools and equipment on the environment 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others
    > work safely with due care for the health and well-being of others 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities
    > inspect and prepare tools and equipment before use
    > clean, maintain, care for and store tools, equipment and consumables correctly
    > follow correct operational procedures when using tools and equipment 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information
    > use sensory information to assess the condition of tools and equipment
    > use sensory information to assess the quality of performance 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively
    > record and report information related to handling and using tools and equipment 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically
    > apply basic understanding of leverage, force, pressure and torque in order to use tools and equipment effectively and safely
    > apply basic environmental principles when using tools and equipment in order to conserve resources and prevent damage to the environment 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems
    > understand the interrelationship between the nature of the tool or piece of equipment, the purpose for which it is used, the correct methods of handling and using / operating it, and the individual's responsibility and obligations towards the environment and human health and safety 

    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
    Core  49605   National Certificate: Environmental Practice  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  LG SETA 


    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. A4 Consultancy CC 
    2. ABA Sebenzi 
    3. ABEMS Training Institute (PTY) Ltd. 
    4. Agisanang SA Training 
    5. Amabamba Recruitment 
    6. Atlegang Training Consulting 
    7. AVAX SA 481 CC. T/A Mandisa Development Services 
    8. Azitjhewi Construction 
    9. Bantubanye Skills 
    10. BF QUALITY SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    11. Big Start Training and Development 
    12. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    13. Boni Africa Events & Development 
    14. Buena Vista Learning Academy 
    15. BUSINESS CIRCLE CONSULTATION 
    16. Classic Human Capital Solutions 
    17. CTC College(PTY) LTD. 
    18. Dean Institute Of Learning (Pty) Ltd 
    19. Ditirelo Skills Development Services 
    20. Edutraining Business College 
    21. Elective Training Institute Enterprise CC 
    22. Envirogreen 
    23. Environmental Leadership Academy 
    24. ENVOY PLANET CONSULTING AND PROJECTS (PTY) LTD 
    25. Eskilz College (Pty) Ltd 
    26. eThekwini Municipality - Durban 
    27. Fire Protection Association of Southern Africa 
    28. Freddy Mfana Trading Enterprise 
    29. Giant Alive Services 
    30. Glere Skills and Consultants 
    31. Goitsikitso Enterprise Trading 
    32. Green Horizon Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    33. Growth Management Consulting 
    34. Heavenly Button Trading CC 
    35. HS GLOBAL SKILLS BUSINESS SOLUTIONS 
    36. Icando 
    37. Ilinge Labantu Debt Solution 
    38. Inafrica General Trading Pty LTD 
    39. Institute of Health and Social Care Studies 
    40. IQ Skills Academy (PTY) LTD. 
    41. ITO Focus Reagile 
    42. Jobafrik Consulting 
    43. K and Z Projects Training and Development 
    44. KAGISHO BUSINESS CONCEPTS (Pty) LTD 
    45. Kernel Management and Consulting (PTY) LTD. 
    46. Kgolo Institute 
    47. KHOSITHI TRAINING 
    48. KN Business Solutions 
    49. KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION 
    50. Kokilesedi Trading 
    51. Kuyakhula Development Initiatives 
    52. M.I.C. Training and Development 
    53. Mabuya Amahle Trading 
    54. Mahayi HRD Services cc 
    55. Makavila Suppliers CC. 
    56. Mangalani Business Enterprises 
    57. Marcado Human Resources Strategies 
    58. MashMP Holdings 
    59. Mashphe Logistics Services 
    60. Mazasa Management Consulting CC. 
    61. Mbinga Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
    62. Mcebo Technologies 
    63. Mgwezane Training and Events Management CC. 
    64. Miczo's Enterprise 
    65. Mind Magic Consulting 
    66. Misol Projects cc 
    67. Mission Point Consulting 
    68. Mod-Mosh Projects and Consulting (PTY) LTD 
    69. Mortarboard Training Solutions 
    70. NEDTEX73 
    71. Networx for Career Development 
    72. NJ & L Trading Enterprise CC. 
    73. Nomagwanishe Investments cc 
    74. NOMAKU TRADERS CC 
    75. NS Global Academy 
    76. Nsuku Management Consultants 
    77. Ntsime Financial Consulting 
    78. Nyankwavi Investment CC. 
    79. Outeniqua Leadership Institute 
    80. Outlearning Pty Ltd 
    81. Phumelela Sisonke African Foundation 
    82. Pioneer Business Consulting 
    83. PKM Skills and Career Development 
    84. Power Rush Trading 170 CC. 
    85. Powernexus 
    86. Puseletso Trading and Projects 
    87. PWI CORPORATE TRAINING PTY LTD 
    88. Quick Leap Investment 
    89. RLSTP Training & Development (PTY) LTD. 
    90. Seige Trading Solutions 
    91. Senelo Trading CC 
    92. Siljeur Training Academy 
    93. Sinokuhle Konke Trading Enterprise 
    94. Spring Forest Trading 578 CC 
    95. Talent Emporium Academy (PTY) Ltd 
    96. Teemil Safety Health and Environmental Consultants PTY LTD 
    97. Thando Consulting Services 
    98. The Crimson CO CC. 
    99. Thubelihle Graduate Institute 
    100. TLD Consulting 
    101. Tloumogale Business Development & Consulting 
    102. Township Fire and Rescure (Pty) Ltd 
    103. Tshamutengo General Dealers CC. 
    104. Tshedza Training Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    105. Tshwane Skills Training Centre 
    106. Tuns Trading and Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    107. Umfolozi FET College 
    108. University of Venda 
    109. Vicmat Consultants 
    110. XL AT Consulting CC 
    111. Ya Hina Management Consulting and projects 
    112. YAB Business Solutions (Pty)Ltd 
    113. Yonga Umhlaba Waste and Environmental Management Services (PTY) 



    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.