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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Crush material in a metallurgical plant 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253339  Crush material 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 3  NQF Level 03 
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 
Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

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 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The learner will be required to crush material by means of one or more of the following equipment units:
  • Cone-type crusher.
  • Impact-type crusher.
  • Jaw crusher.
  • Roller-type crusher.
  • Rotary Breaker. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge relating to crushing material. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of crushing material in terms of achieving specified production, and up- and down stream operational requirements is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The specified principal components of the selected crushing system are identified and their functions explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Principal components must include:
  • Crusher components.
  • Auxiliary systems.
  • Safety devices.
  • Interlock systems.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The specified operating parameters and control methods and the consequences of not adhering to these are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The specified factors affecting the optimum performance of the cone-type crusher are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The legal and site-specific requirements pertaining to the safe, healthy work environment in the crushing process and the consequences of not adhering to the above are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Hazards and associated risks identified through specified risk assessment procedures, and the actions to be taken should they be encountered are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Specified lock-out procedures pertaining to the crushing system and the consequences of non-compliance are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The specified communication requirements pertaining to the crusher operation and the consequences of non-compliance are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The specified actions to be taken, should sub-standard conditions and problems be encountered, are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to crush material. 

    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 selected crushing system is examined and substandard conditions are identified and dealt with. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Specified security requirements pertaining to the crushing process are explained and met. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Safety and health procedures towards self and others are maintained in accordance with plant instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Crush material. 

    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 selected crushing system is in accordance with standard plant task procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The feed is started and the crushing 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 recommendations set out in the risk assessment procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Specified security requirements pertaining to the crushing system are met. 

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Operation of the crusher is consistent with environmental policy and legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Safety and health procedures towards self and others are maintained in accordance with plant instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete duties pertaining to the crushing process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The crushing system is stopped in accordance with standard plant task procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Task-specific personal protective and safety equipment is dealt with in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Task-specific tools and equipment are dealt with in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Specified security requirements pertaining to the crushing system are met. 

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Specified reporting and data-recording requirements are met. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Preparation for maintenance is in accordance with specified requirements. Specified lock-out procedures are adhered to. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is addressed in Specific Outcome 1, as well as other Assessment Criteria throughout the unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team/group/organisation/community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. 

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

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

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an 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.
  • SABS 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 2, Moderate in range.
  • Procedures, Level 2, Established and familiar.
  • Context, Level 2, Routine and familiar.
  • Knowledge, Level 2, Basic operational.
  • Information processing, Level 3, Interpretation of available information.
  • Problem Solving, Level 3, A range of known responses to familiar problems, based on limited discretion, and judgement.
  • Orientation of activities, Level 3, Directed, with some autonomy.
  • Application of responsibility, Level 3, Under general supervision and quality checking.
  • 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 = 2.56.
    Actual Level Assigned = 3.

    Credits:

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

    Activity, Hours:
  • Classroom Teaching, 30 Hours.
  • On-The-Job Training, 60 Hours.
  • Mentoring required, 0 Hours.
  • Other (Specify), 0 Hours.

    Total = 90 Hours.

    Credits Achieved = 90/10 = 9.
    Credits Assigned = 9. 

  • 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 
    Elective  62769   National Certificate: Mineral Processing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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