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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Work with, use and care for materials and resources which can impact on health and the environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119558  Work with, use and care for materials and resources which can impact on health and the environment 
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:
  • Identify a range of materials and resources and describe their characteristics and properties
  • Work with, use, transport and store materials safely and responsibly
  • Work with and use resources responsibly
  • Identify, categorise, collect, handle and dispose of different types of waste.

    I will also know and understand:
  • The properties of a range materials (including waste) that commonly occur in my context
  • The positive and negative effects of such materials on the environment
  • The basic principles for responsible use and handling of various materials and resources in my context.

    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 the learner 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. Materials and resources can be interpreted quite broadly.

    Resources would typically be natural resources such as energy, water, air, minerals.

    Materials would typically be manufactured or the subject of use.

    Material(s) could include: metals, glass, plastics, rubber (including tyres), asbestos, chemicals, agro chemicals, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and medical materials, fuels, lubricants, plant materials, human and animal materials, construction materials, etc and includes materials classified as waste (which includes any material that is left over from the production process).

    My context: the learner's work, domestic or community context. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Classify materials and resources found in an environment according to their potential impact(s) on health and the environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Impact(s) include beneficial as well as adverse effects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Materials and resources are classified, identified and named correctly. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Understanding of different ways of classifying materials and resources is demonstrated, and the purposes for which they are used is explained.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The properties / characteristics of the materials and resources and their potential impact on health and the environment are described correctly. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Properties / characteristics: physical / chemical / biological

    The impacts described should cover a range of environmental components (air, soil, water, plants, animals, humans).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The Material Data Safety Sheets (MSDS) requirements for hazardous chemical substances found in the chosen environment are extracted correctly. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes an explanation of the format and purpose of Material Data Safety Sheets (MSDS).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Each material or resource usage or the way the material or resource occurs is described and related to its physical properties / characteristics. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Occurs: in some contexts the range of materials or resources may include some that are not used, although their properties / characteristics should be known, eg alien or invader plant species, waste to be disposed of.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Work with, use, transport, store and care for materials and resources. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Includes accounting for use of consumables, securely storing resources, identifying breaches of security, following procedures for obtaining materials. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Correct materials are used for the appropriate purpose, in the correct manner. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    In formal workplaces this assessment criterion would relate to applying organisational procedures correctly.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Materials are extracted, used, handled and stored to protect them against damage and to prevent damage to health and the environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    In formal workplaces handling, transport and storage of materials is in accordance with specific guidelines for particular materials and locations; learners not in formal workplaces would work in a simulated operational environment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Defective materials are identified, isolated and reported and appropriate, corrective action is taken. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Personal protective clothing and equipment used is appropriately and in compliance with organisational policy and legislation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    In compliance with organisational policy: learners not in formal workplaces would have to be assessed in a simulated operational environment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Opportunities to prevent, minimise, correct and remedy impact are identified correctly. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Recognise and respond to environmentally damaging impacts resulting from the extraction, use, transport or storage of materials or resources. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The nature of the impact may change with varying contexts. The learner should be aware of at least some of these.

    Includes both potential and actual impacts on the environment

    Respond to includes reporting, taking preventive, corrective or remedial action, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Potential threats to the environment and actual impacts are recognised and reported timeously. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Action is taken to prevent, correct or remedy the environmental damage appropriately. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Appropriate action: within the authority of the learner, according to worksite procedures (or equivalent), etc.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Compile required records related to handling and using materials or resources and submit reports. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Includes appropriate records of potential / actual environmental impacts and preventive / corrective / remedial actions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant documentation is completed, up to date and in the required format. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes waste tracking documentation, eg TREM cards.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Consumable materials usage is accounted for, and excesses and shortages are identified and reported timeously. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Collect, handle and dispose of waste. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    This relates to general waste associated with the learner's context - which could include the domestic and/or community context so as to provide a sufficiently broad scope. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concepts and principles of waste management are described and explained correctly. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Concepts and principles include the waste management hierarchy: avoid, minimise, separate, re-use/repair, recycle, treat, process, dispose; cleaner production, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The waste management process is described and explained correctly. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Waste management process includes the sequence of steps in waste management, ie generation, storage, collection, transport, processing / treatment (recycling, composting, incinerating), disposal.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Waste management processes are applied correctly in the learner's context. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    A waste stream familiar to the learner is investigated, and practical ways of applying waste management principles and procedures are demonstrated.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Special waste is recognised, classified and responded to appropriately. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Special waste includes hazardous waste, electronic waste, health care generic waste, health care risk waste and radioactive waste.

    Respond appropriately includes applying special methods of storing waste prior to collection, isolating waste, reporting, following emergency procedures, etc.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Conserve materials and resources and use them wisely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Methods of conservation and wise and responsible use of materials and resources are identified and described accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Opportunities in the environment to conserve and use materials and resources wisely are identified and described accurately. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The environment could include the domestic and/or community context so as to provide a sufficiently broad scope.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The purpose of wise and responsible use of materials and resources is explained 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:
  • natural resources and their properties
  • materials and material properties
  • types of waste
  • the waste hierarchy
  • steps in the waste management process
  • Material Safety data Sheets
  • expiry dates
  • pictograms and symbols

    2. Purpose of:
  • work methods that protect health and the environment, conserve resources, minimise waste and prevent pollution
  • classifying materials
  • sorting, recycling, compacting, composting, incinerating waste
  • personal protective clothing and equipment
  • Material Safety data Sheets
  • expiry dates
  • information on labels

    3. Attributes, descriptions, characteristics & properties:
  • properties and characteristics of resources and materials (including waste)
  • pictograms and symbols related to the contents of containers
  • environmentally damaging incidents
  • environmental impacts
  • methods of preventing or reducing environmental damage
  • preventive, corrective or remedial action
  • adverse and potentially beneficial effects of waste on the environment

    4. Processes and events:
  • reporting actual and potential damage to the environment
  • dealing with actual and potential damage to the environment
  • recording information
  • minimising, reusing, sorting, separating, isolating, recycling, compacting, composting and incinerating waste
  • selecting and wearing appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment
  • conserving resources

    5.Causes and effects, implications of:
  • pollution
  • not conserving resources
  • poorly managed waste
  • using non-renewable resources
  • failure to work safely

    6. Procedures and techniques:
  • applying work methods that conserve resources and prevent damage to the environment
  • procedures for reporting environmental threats and incidents
  • procedures for dealing with potential and actual damage to the environment
  • procedures for handling, processing and disposing of waste (avoid, minimise, separate, re-use / repair, recycle, treat, process, dispose)
  • emergency procedures
  • using TREM cards
  • procedures for storing materials (eg awareness of flammability)

    7. Sensory cues:
  • related to identifying and classifying materials and resources
  • related to recognising defective materials; pollution, irresponsible use of resources; potential and actual damage to the environment
  • for recognising types of materials and classes of waste

    8. Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • relevant legislation related to the environment and waste management
  • workplace policies and standards

    9. Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • relevant environmental principles
  • related to using, transporting, storing and caring for environmentally sensitive materials
  • related to the waste hierarchy
  • related to conservation of resources

    10. Categories:
  • of materials
  • of waste

    11. Relationships, systems:
  • relationships between the properties / characteristics of materials; their safe use, handling, storage and care; and their potential to cause environmental damage
  • relationships between resource and material properties and the correct methods for handling and using them 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems
  • handle and use environmentally sensitive materials (including waste) safely
  • Conserve resources 

  • 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
  • carry out activities in accordance with procedures for handling and using potentially harmful substances 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information
  • use sensory information to identify environmentally sensitive materials and anticipate and avoid damaging incidents
  • use pictograms to identify contents of containers
  • understand the format and purpose of the Material Data Safety Sheet and extract relevant information 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively
  • record and report information related to handling and using materials 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically
  • use knowledge of material properties when handling and using potentially dangerous substances 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems
  • understand the interrelationships between the properties of materials (including waste), the correct methods of handling them and their effects on health and the environment 

  • 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 
    Elective  58955   National Certificate: Chemical Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 
    Elective  74269   National Certificate: Occupational Health, Safety and Environment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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. Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    5. Agisanang SA Training 
    6. Alpha Business Consultants 
    7. Amabamba Recruitment 
    8. Amahle Human Resources Training and Development 
    9. Atlegang Training Consulting 
    10. AVAX SA 481 CC. T/A Mandisa Development Services 
    11. Azitjhewi Construction 
    12. Bantubanye Skills 
    13. Bazalwane Business Partners 
    14. Big Start Training and Development 
    15. Bikologix Projects 
    16. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    17. Boni Africa Events & Development 
    18. Buena Vista Learning Academy 
    19. Bull's Business and Skills Training Institute 
    20. Classic Human Capital Solutions 
    21. Colgene Group 
    22. Connex Marketing cc 
    23. Cradle Stars Trading Enterprise 
    24. Cre8ive Organisational Development 
    25. Creative Venture Joint Trading and Projects 
    26. CTC College(PTY) LTD. 
    27. Dean Institute Of Learning (Pty) Ltd 
    28. Dee's Training (PTY) LTD 
    29. Dijama Training Academy 
    30. Ditaba Training 
    31. Ditirelo Skills Development Services 
    32. Edutraining Business College 
    33. Ekurhuleni West Public FET College - Germiston Campus 
    34. ELASON PRO-ACTIVE SECURITY (PTY) LTD 
    35. Elective Training Institute Enterprise CC 
    36. Environmental Leadership Academy 
    37. Essential Skills 
    38. Fire Protection Association of Southern Africa 
    39. Freddy Mfana Trading Enterprise 
    40. Glere Skills and Consultants 
    41. Globalwise Training & Consulting (PTY) Ltd. 
    42. Goitsikitso Enterprise Trading 
    43. Green Horizon Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    44. Growth Management Consulting 
    45. HDPSA 
    46. HDPSA GROUP (PTY) LTD 
    47. Heavenly Button Trading CC 
    48. Hercuscope 
    49. Heros Fire Protection Services cc 
    50. Hlombe and Associates 
    51. HS GLOBAL SKILLS BUSINESS SOLUTIONS 
    52. Icando 
    53. Ilinge Labantu Debt Solution 
    54. Institute of Health and Social Care Studies 
    55. IQ Skills Academy (PTY) LTD. 
    56. ITO Focus Reagile 
    57. Jobafrik Consulting 
    58. Jomash Construction 
    59. Josmap Training Institute 
    60. KAGISHO BUSINESS CONCEPTS (Pty) LTD 
    61. Kalideen Management 
    62. KALIDEEN MANAGEMENT SERVICES 
    63. Kappia Consulting Services 
    64. Kay Beez Development Projects 
    65. Kephama Training Solutions 
    66. Kernel Management and Consulting (PTY) LTD. 
    67. Kgolo Institute 
    68. Khosithi Training 
    69. KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION 
    70. Kokilesedi Trading 
    71. Kuyakhula Development Initiatives 
    72. Lapa La Afrika Farming and Projects 
    73. Leronsa Trading Enterprise 
    74. Letlhokoa Management Services CC 
    75. Lorpen Investments 
    76. M.I.C. Training and Development 
    77. Mahayi HRD Services cc 
    78. Makaota Training Consultants 
    79. Makavila Suppliers CC. 
    80. Mamuhle Academy 
    81. Mangalani Business Enterprises 
    82. Marcado Human Resources Strategies 
    83. MashMP Holdings 
    84. Mashphe Logistics Services 
    85. Mazasa Management Consulting CC. 
    86. Mbinga Holdings (Pty) Ltd 
    87. Mcebo Technologies 
    88. Mestel Training Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    89. Mgwezane Training and Events Management CC. 
    90. Miczo's Enterprise 
    91. Mind Magic Consulting 
    92. Misol Projects cc 
    93. Mission Point Consulting 
    94. Mod-Mosh Projects and Consulting (PTY) LTD 
    95. Mohlaje Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    96. Mortarboard Training Solutions 
    97. Mphela Education Training and Development 
    98. Netgrow Training Solutions 
    99. Networx for Career Development 
    100. NEW MINDS TRAINING INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD 
    101. NJ & L Trading Enterprise CC. 
    102. Nkqubela Community Developers 
    103. NKQUBELA CONSULTING 
    104. NM Cuts 
    105. Nokusho M Consulting and Trading 
    106. NOMAKU TRADERS CC 
    107. NS Global Academy 
    108. Nsuku Management Consultants 
    109. Ntsangalala Business Enterprise 
    110. Nyankwavi Investment CC. 
    111. OMNI HR CONSULTING PTY LTD 
    112. Outeniqua Leadership Institute 
    113. Pebetse Training and Consulting 
    114. Pioneer Business Consulting 
    115. Poshido Training 
    116. POTCH - UTC (PTY) LTD 
    117. Power Rush Trading 170 CC. 
    118. Powernexus 
    119. Puseletso Trading and Projects 
    120. PWI CORPORATE TRAINING PTY LTD 
    121. Quick Leap Investment 
    122. Rebone Safety and Environmental Consultants 
    123. Reflections Development Institute 
    124. RLSTP Training & Development (PTY) LTD. 
    125. RMCII Solutions (Pty) Ltd 
    126. Seige Trading Solutions 
    127. Senelo Trading CC 
    128. Siljeur Training Academy 
    129. Sinokuhle Konke Trading Enterprise 
    130. SmartMatta (Pty) Ltd 
    131. South African Governance and Business College 
    132. Spring Forest Trading 578 CC 
    133. STARPLEX 408 CC 
    134. Talent Emporium Academy (PTY) Ltd 
    135. Tasc Business Consulting and Training 
    136. Tembe Service Providers 
    137. Thando Consulting Services 
    138. The Crimson CO CC. 
    139. The Green Affairs Consulting 
    140. Thembeni Skills Development Trading and Projects 
    141. Thubelihle Graduate Institute 
    142. TLD Consulting 
    143. Tloumogale Business Development & Consulting 
    144. Township Fire and Rescure (Pty) Ltd 
    145. Tshamutengo General Dealers CC. 
    146. Tshedza Training Technologies (Pty) Ltd 
    147. Tshisimani Holdings (PTY) Ltd. 
    148. Tshwane Skills Training Centre 
    149. TSK Projects 
    150. Tuns Trading and Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    151. Twin Peak Technologies 
    152. Ukhamba Quality Skills 
    153. Umfolozi FET College 
    154. UNIVERSITY OF BUSINESS EXCELLENCE(PTY)LTD 
    155. University of Venda 
    156. Vicmat Consultants 
    157. Wildlife and Enviroment Society of South Africa 
    158. X Foundation 
    159. XL AT Consulting CC 
    160. Ya Hina Management Consulting and projects 



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