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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Respond to emergencies in a process environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244079  Respond to emergencies in a process environment 
ORIGINATOR
Chemical Industries SGB 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Engineering and Related Design 
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 
Learners who demonstrate competence as described in the outcomes of this Unit Standard will understand emergency procedures and their roles during an emergency in a processing environment.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of emergencies.
  • Assess emergency conditions.
  • Explain initial response to emergencies.
  • React to emergency conditions. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence against numeracy and literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical context of this unit standard includes any processing environment, for example chemical-, minerals- or beverage processing.

    Range statements, which are applicable to the Unit Standard title, Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria are found beneath the applicable assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of emergencies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The term "emergency" is defined as it relates to the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different types of emergencies are listed and explained according to workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Emergencies may include fire, flood, combustible vapour or toxic vapour emission, liquid spillage, uncontrolled release of chemical substance(s), explosion, injured person, major plant or service failure, control room equipment failure.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences and risks associated with the different types of emergencies are explained in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    High risk areas in own area of responsibility are identified and explained according to procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The plant's basic emergency plan is explained in accordance with procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Assess emergency conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The types of incidents, hazardous conditions or emergencies which should be reported are identified and described in terms of workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Method of making alarm for each type of incident is explained as per procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Nature, location and scope of incident are verified as per workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Assessment of best course of action is explained in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain initial response to emergencies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Containment of spillages or emissions is explained in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Importance of not endangering self, others and environment is explained in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Procedures to evacuate self and/or non-operational staff to assembly points or safe rooms are explained as per procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Role in assisting (under supervision) during abnormal shutdown or restarting the process is explained in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Appropriate first aid response to casualties are identified and explained within the context of the material safety data sheet (MSDS) directives. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    React to emergency conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Incidents, hazards and emergencies are reported within specified timeframe in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Nature, location and scope of incident are reported in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safety or protective equipment is used where required in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Appropriate initial response is taken in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Appropriate people are informed of action taken in accordance with workplace procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF 2 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions is required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Qualifying learners understand and can:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of emergencies.
  • Assess emergency conditions.
  • Explain initial response to emergencies.
  • React to emergency conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Identifying high risk areas in own area of responsibility.
  • Identifying the types of incidents, hazardous conditions or emergencies which should be reported.
  • Reacting correctly to emergency conditions.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of emergencies.
  • Assess emergency conditions.
  • React to emergency conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
  • Understanding his/her role in assisting with abnormal shutdown or restarting of the process.
  • Explaining procedures to evacuate self and non-operational staff to assembly points or safe rooms.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome:
  • Explain initial response to emergencies. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Taking the appropriate initial response.
  • Correctly explaining the procedures to evacuate self and non-operational staff to assembly points or safe rooms.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Explain initial response to emergencies.
  • React to emergency conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when:
  • High risk areas in own area of responsibility are identified.
  • Correctly identifying the types of incidents, hazardous conditions or emergencies which should be reported.
  • Assessment of best course of action is explained.
  • Appropriate initial response is taken.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
  • Reporting incidents, hazards and emergencies within specified timeframe.
  • Reporting the nature, location and scope of incident.
  • Informing appropriate people of action taken.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome:
  • React to emergency conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by:
  • Explaining the consequences and risks associated with the different types of emergencies.
  • Explaining the importance of not endangering self and others.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome/s:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of emergencies.
  • Explain initial response to emergencies. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large by:
  • Understanding emergency procedures and their role during an emergency in a processing environment and the effect it has on the growth and development of the organisation, its customers and employees.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Supplementary Information:

    Terms and definitions:
  • Standard operating procedures means the documented practice(s) defining the who, what, and when of quality activities.
  • Process means the manufacturing process where a product is manufactured using machinery and equipment with limited guidance or control from the learner.
  • Deviations are variations from a specified value or range of values that remain constant during normal operation.
  • Process and operating specifications means the measurements and indications of all variables monitored during operations including temperatures, pressures, speed, flow rates, power consumption, noise, vibration and visual indicators. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58955   National Certificate: Chemical Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 
    Core  78527   National Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Core  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. LIVINAMIX INVESTMENTS (PTY) LTD 
    3. MPACT 
    4. VEB CELE & Associates (Pty) Ltd 



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