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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Filter liquids from solids in a metallurgical plant 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252283  Filter liquids from solids in a metallurgical plant 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
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 
This unit standard will be useful to people who are responsible for filtering liquids from solids by means of one or more of the equipment units listed in the range statement.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge relating to the filtration of liquids from solids.
  • Prepare to filter liquids from solids.
  • Filter liquids from solids.
  • Complete the duties pertaining to the filtration process. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Communication and mathematical literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria.

    The learner will be required to perform filtration by means of one or more of the following units of equipment:
  • Vacuum drum filter.
  • Belt filter.
  • Filter press.
  • Pressurised drum filter.
  • Vacuum disc filter.
  • Centrifuge.
  • Vacuum tank filter.
  • Pan-filter.
  • Larox vacuum pressure filter. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge relating to the filtration of liquids from solids. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The actions and conditions pertaining to a safe, healthy work environment in the filtering process and the consequences of non-adherence are explained in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of separating liquids from solids by means of filtration is explained in terms of achieving specified production requirements and up- and down stream operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Hazards and associated risks pertaining to the selected filtration process are identified through relevant risk assessment procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The actions to be taken should hazards and risks be encountered are explained in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The principal components of the selected filtration system are identified and their functions explained in terms of design and operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Principal components must include:
  • Filtration system components.
  • Auxiliary systems.
  • Safety devices.
  • Interlock systems.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Lock-out procedures pertaining to the selected filtration system and the consequences of non-compliance are explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Communication requirements pertaining to the filtration process and the consequences of non-compliance are explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The plant-specific colour coding and symbolic signs pertaining to the filtration process are explained in terms of operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The operating parameters and control methods and the consequences of not adhering to these are explained in terms of operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    The factors affecting the optimum performance of the selected filtration process are explained in terms of cause and impact. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    The actions to be taken, should sub-standard conditions and problems be encountered, are explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to filter liquids from solids. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Task-specific personal protective and safety equipment is verified, examined and used in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Task-specific tools and equipment are verified and examined in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Workplace hazards and associated risks are dealt with in accordance with recommendations set out in the risk assessment procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The filtration system is examined and substandard conditions are dealt with in accordance with legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Security requirements pertaining to the filtration process are explained and met in accordance with legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safety and health precautions towards self and others are maintained in accordance with in accordance with legal and operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Filter liquids from solids. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Task-specific personal protective and safety equipment is used in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The start-up of the filtration process is in accordance with standard plant task procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The feed is started and the filtration process is monitored and controlled in accordance with standard plant task procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safe and optimum production is ensured through effective communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Task-specific tools and equipment are used in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Work related hazards and associated risks are dealt with in accordance with recommendations set out in the risk assessment procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Security requirements pertaining to the filtration process are met in accordance with legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Problems encountered are dealt with in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The filtration process is consistent with environmental policy and legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Safety and health precautions towards self and others are maintained in accordance with in accordance with legal and operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete duties pertaining to the filtration process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The filtration process is stopped in accordance with standard plant task procedures. Specified lock-out procedures are adhered to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal protective and safety equipment is dealt with in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools and equipment are dealt with in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Security requirements pertaining to the filtration process are met in accordance with legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Good housekeeping practices are maintained in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Reporting and data-recording requirements are met in accordance with legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Preparation for maintenance is in accordance with specified requirements and lock-out procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and. moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and. guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and. external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge will be assessed in an integrated way in the context of the unit standard:

    Critical factors relating to filtering liquids from solids:
  • Legal and specified requirements.
  • Achieving specified production requirements.
  • Risk Assessment procedures and actions.
  • Identify the principal components and explain the specification and their functions.
  • Specified communication requirements.
  • Elementary principles of the process.

    Processes and events:
  • Preparation.
  • Examination.
  • Metal recovery.
  • Monitor and control.

    Causes and effects (Safety and Health):
  • Use of personal protective equipment.
  • Use of tools and equipment.
  • Workplace hazards and associated risks.
  • Housekeeping.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Methods of collecting, analysing, organising, summarising and presenting data.
  • Fault finding and corrective techniques.
  • Handling procedure and controls.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies and standards:
  • Safety, health and environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Quality policies, standards and agreements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to identify hazards and risks, sub standard conditions, process problems and to rectify these, illustrates his/her capability to solve problems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to communicate effectively and to maintain optimum production illustrates his/her capability to work effectively with others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to maintain optimum production whilst adhering to safety procedures, illustrates his/her capability to organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to implement corrective actions illustrates his/her capability to collect, organise and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to maintain optimum production through effective communication and his/her ability to adhere to reporting requirements illustrates his/her capability to communicate effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to adhere to safety, health and environmental requirements illustrates his/her capability to use science and technology effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to explain the importance of the process in terms of achieving production and up and down stream requirements illustrates his/her understanding of the world as a set of related systems. 

    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 
    Terminology:

    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act, 1996 (Act no 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act no 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives.

    Site Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications.

    Unit Standard Justification:

    Level:

    Attribute, Level, Justification:
  • Skills, Level 1, Limited in range.
  • Procedures, Level 1, Repetitive and familiar.
  • Context, Level 1, Closely defined.
  • Knowledge, Level 2, Basic operational.
  • Information processing, Level 2, Basic processing of readily available information.
  • Problem Solving, Level 2, Known solutions to familiar problems.
  • Orientation of activities, Level 2, Directed.
  • Application of responsibility, Level 2, Under general supervision and quality control.
  • Orientation of scope of responsibility, Level 3, Significant responsibility for quantity and quality of output, and possible responsibility for the output of others.

    Average Level = 1.78.
    Actual Level Assigned = 2.

    Credits:

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcome:

    Activity, Hours:
  • Classroom Teaching, 20 Hours.
  • On-The-Job Training, 50 Hours.
  • Mentoring required, 0 Hours.
  • Other (Specify), 0 Hours.

    Total = 70 Hours.

    Credits Achieved = 70/10 = 7.0.
    Credits Assigned = 7. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59305   National Certificate: Mineral Processing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    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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    10. EXXARO COAL (PTY) LTD 
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    17. METSKILL PTY LTD 
    18. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE(PTY) LTD 
    19. MODIKWA MINING PERSONNEL SERVICES PTY L TD 
    20. Nokaneng Environmental Management Consulting 
    21. NORTHAM PLATINUM LTD 
    22. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 
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    25. Talent Factor (Pty) Ltd 
    26. THARISA MINERALS PTY LTD 
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