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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Monitor plant and equipment in a process environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244082  Monitor plant and equipment 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  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 
Learners who demonstrate competence as described in the outcomes of this Unit Standard will be able to maintain process and plant integrity in a processing environment.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Monitor process variables
  • Monitor product quality.
  • Monitor plant integrity.
  • Check plant safety.
  • Check housekeeping.
  • Check environmental aspects. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence against Mathematical Literacy 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 
    Monitor process variables. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Log sheets are completed according to prescribed procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Process variables are checked and compared to control limits. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Process variables include temperatures, pressures, flows, levels and availability of raw materials and consumables.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Process variables are compared to panel readings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Deviations from control limits are noted and reported in accordance with workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Control limits are obtained from indicators applied to gauges, log sheets, training manuals and plant manuals.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Equipment settings and operation are compared to norms. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Settings could be aspects such as valve positions, damper positions, switchgear settings, bypass opening and equipment selected for service.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Deviations are noted and reported in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Authorised or supervised adjustments are made in accordance with operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Monitor product quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Sampling is done at prescribed frequency and as may be required by circumstances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Product analyses are checked and compared to control limits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Additive rates are checked and compared to control limits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Key risk areas are checked for possible product contamination. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Deviations are noted and reported in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Authorised or supervised adjustments are made in accordance with operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor plant integrity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Monitoring rounds are done at frequency according to procedures and as demanded by circumstances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Senses are used to detect potential problem areas. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Senses include hearing, smell, touch (movement and heat) and sight.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Plant mechanical integrity is monitored in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Plant electrical integrity is monitored in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Deviations are noted and reported in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Authorised or supervised adjustments are made in accordance with operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Check plant safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Plant is checked to ensure presence and integrity of safety equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Plant is checked to ensure presence and clarity of demarcations, signage, pictograms and colour coding. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Plant is checked to ensure safety of excavations, erected scaffolding and ladders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Personnel are checked to ensure PPE is correctly applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Plant is checked to ensure safe storage of chemicals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Deviations are noted and reported in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Corrective action is taken as per instruction or operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Check housekeeping. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Plant is checked to ensure everything is in its place. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Plant is checked to ensure cleanliness and tidiness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Plant is checked to ensure stacking and storage principles are maintained in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Deviations are noted and reported in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Corrective action is taken as per instruction or operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Check environmental aspects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Plant is checked for any leaks and spillages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Plant is checked for gas emissions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Plant is checked to ensure solid waste has been removed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Plant is checked to ensure excessive energy is not wasted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Plant is checked to ensure noise levels are within limits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Deviations are noted and reported in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Corrective action is taken as per instruction or operating procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 2 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Only an assessor with considerable first hand experience in process operations 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 
    The qualifying learner understands and can:
  • Monitor process variables.
  • Monitor product quality.
  • Monitor plant integrity.
  • Check plant safety.
  • Check housekeeping.
  • Check environmental aspects. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    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:

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
  • Reporting all deviations and corrective actions taken.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Performing a range of checks on plant, housekeeping and environmental aspects in accordance with workplace procedures.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Check plant safety.
  • Check housekeeping.
  • Check environmental aspects. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when:
  • Identifying deviations.
  • Making authorised or supervised adjustments.

    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 during:
  • Reporting all deviations and corrective actions taken.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Monitoring process variables.
  • Monitoring product quality.
  • Monitoring plant integrity.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome:
  • Monitor plant integrity. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by:
  • Understanding that no process, product or plant functions in isolation.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • 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 the role of monitoring plant and process 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. 

  • 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 
    Supplementary Information:

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

  • 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. MPACT 
    3. VEB CELE & Associates (Pty) Ltd 



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