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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|National Certificate: Occupational Hygiene and Safety|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|79806||National Certificate: Occupational Hygiene and Safety|
|SGB Occupational Health and Safety|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|The individual Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.||SFAP - Sub-framework Assignment Pending|
|National Certificate||Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services||Preventive Health|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||144||Level 3||NQF Level 03||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
This qualification enables learners to identify, evaluate, advise and report on occupational safety, hygiene and environmental factors, in occupational environments, which may have a detrimental effect on the health and safety of workers in such environments. The qualification is designed to be flexible and accessible.
Learners credited with this qualification are capable of:
Learners credited with this qualification are likely to be working in the occupational safety, hygiene and environmental disciplines. Learners are required to integrate practical skills with essential knowledge, to be able to take proactive and reactive measures in order to maintain a healthy and safe environment.
In South Africa and internationally, the social and economic impact of occupational safety, hygiene, health, and environment is great. Direct costs that result from poor workplace safety, hygiene, health, and environments include both human and economic costs. Indirect costs are also incurred and include aspects such as poor morale, poor productivity, and downtime. Improved workplace safety, hygiene, health, and environments could influence the South African economy in direct costs alone to the value of millions of Rands each year. This qualification aims to meet the demand for learners that are able to facilitate a safe, healthy and productive occupational environment.
There is a critical need in the industry to recognise learner competence regarding essential operations associated with a healthy, safe and productive working environment. This qualification is the next step in a career path in one of the areas of specialisation in Occupational Safety and Hygiene. It is generic enough to allow maximum mobility within the field of application. Skills, knowledge, values and attitudes (competencies) reflected in the qualification are building blocks towards a level 4 qualification.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
In addition, competence in the following unit standards:
Recognition of prior learning:
This qualification can be achieved wholly, or in part, through recognition of prior learning. Evidence of competency can be presented in a variety of forms, including previous international or local qualifications, reports, testimonials, mentoring, functions performed, portfolios, work records and performance records. Learners who have met the requirements of any unit standard that forms part of this qualification may apply for recognition of prior learning to the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA) or ETQA which has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|All Fundamental component unit standards are compulsory (41 credits must be attained):
All Core component unit standards are compulsory (97 credits must be attained).
The Elective Component consists of a number of unit standards from which at least 6 credits must be attained.
Mining and Minerals Specialisation (Learning Programme ID 79826):
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and language skills in the modes of oral and written presentation.
2. Solve mathematical problems related to finances, patterns, statistics, shape and motion using numbers and number systems.
3. Use a computer and computer systems.
4. Use science and technology effectively to collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information about occupational hygiene, safety and workplace environmental conditions.
5. Identify and solve problems to make responsible decisions regarding workplace hazards and risks.
Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
This qualification addresses the following critical cross-field outcomes, as detailed in the associated unit standards:
This critical cross-field outcome is addressed primarily through ELO1 and ELO5.
This critical cross-field outcome is addressed primarily through ELO1 and ELO5.
This critical cross-field outcome is addressed primarily through ELO5.
This critical cross-field outcome is addressed primarily through ELO2, ELO3 and ELO4.
This critical cross-field outcome is addressed primarily through ELO1 and ELO3.
This critical cross-field outcome is addressed primarily through ELO4 and ELO5.
This critical cross-field outcome is addressed primarily through ELO1, ELO2, ELO3, ELO4 and ELO5.
Learning programmes directed towards this qualification will also contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large, by making individuals aware of the importance of:
1. Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
2. Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
3. Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
4. Exploring education and career opportunities; and developing entrepreneurial opportunities.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
Assessment is not a single event, but rather a structured process of gathering evidence and making judgements of the learner's performance in relation to the qualification. A range of methods may be used for formative and summative assessment.
These may include:
Assessment should take place within the protocols and procedures of the place of learning and according to the specifications indicated in the unit standard.
|This qualification and its component unit standards has been compared with those of other countries. After an extensive search it became clear that Occupational Health and Safety training in the SADC region is almost non-existent as is evident from a Southern African Meeting on The Education and Training of Occupational Health and Safety Professionals, Johannesburg, South Africa, 22-24 October 1997. (Source: http://www.asosh.org/SADC/training.htm accessed 5 June 2005).
A network of occupational health institutes assigned as WHO collaborating centers published a "Global strategy for occupational health for all" in 1995 with 10 priority objectives, later adopted by the World Health Assembly. The most notable of these objectives is the development of human resources for occupational health and is explained by saying there is a universal shortage of both expert resources and training in developing and newly industrialized countries in the South. (Source: Occupational Safety and Health in Developing Countries, Review of strategies, case studies and a bibliography, Christer Hogstedt and Bodhi Pieris http://www.niwl.se/arb/ accessed 12 June 2005).
It must be remembered that the WHO sees occupational safety as part of occupational health. From the case studies in the report it also becomes apparent that no formal educational structure or learning on occupational health and safety (OHS) exists in countries like Thailand, Malaysia, South East Asia, Central America, India, Zimbabwe and Costa Rica.
A conclusion can thus be drawn that South Africa is a leader in developing occupational health and safety qualifications in developing countries and can in this instance be compared to developed countries that have established a qualifications framework in a national as well as functional context. Such countries are most notably Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
This qualification does not exist at the equivalent level on frameworks in New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Australia. Qualifications in OHS in those countries all start at the next higher level.
On the Australian framework, occupational health, safety and environment qualifications fall within the Vocational Education and Training sector, which recognises skills and knowledge that meet nationally endorsed industry/enterprise competency standards as agreed for those qualifications by the relevant industry, enterprise, community or professional group. The available qualifications also include literacy and numeracy, communication, working in teams (critical cross field outcome on the South African NQF), workplace technology, and industry specific competencies. Various programmes are available, including a Certificate III in Occupational Health and Safety, Certificate IV in Auditing Occupational Health and Safety Systems, Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety, and a Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety. A Certificate III is equivalent to grade 12, South African NQF Level 4.
In the United Kingdom, no equivalent for the South African NQF Level 3 qualification exists. A Foundation certificate in Health and safety in a workplace is available, within the Hospitality sector. In addition, National Vocational Qualifications exist for Security, Safety and Loss Prevention at Level 2, Occupational Health and Safety at Level 3 (Grade 12 or NQF Level 4 equivalent in South Africa), Occupational Health and Safety Practice at Levels 4 and 5 and Health and Safety Regulation at Level 5. Other than these, health, safety and environmental issues are integrated within most other relevant qualifications, such as general science (equivalent to NQF Level 1 in South Africa), design, and engineering. In Scotland, two Vocational qualifications are provided, namely, Occupational Health and Safety Practice at Level 3, and Occupational Health and Safety Practice at Level 4.
The New Zealand NQF places occupational health and safety within the fields of Health, Manufacturing (Dairy Workplace Health and Safety) and Planning and Construction (Construction Health and Safety and Injury Prevention). The South African equivalent is in the field of Health, specifically Occupational Health and Safety. The South African NQF Level 4 is the equivalent of the New Zealand NQF Level 3. Two qualifications are registered in the field of Health, on the New Zealand NQF, namely, a National Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (Co-ordination) (Level 4), and a National Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (Workplace Safety) (Level 3).
Unit standards on the New Zealand NQF are mostly at a higher level than our level three qualification but start at the equivalent of our level four qualification, and include, but are not restricted to, the following:
|This qualification can provide access to learners to progress to higher-level qualifications in the discipline of Occupational Safety, Hygiene, and in various industrial sectors and related sub-fields. Most qualifications on the NQF require competence regarding this discipline, and thus provide an access point to, for example qualifications in, inter alia, the Physical Planning and Construction, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology and the Business, Commerce and Management fields.
The qualification, through the fundamental component for communication and mathematical literacy, articulates horizontally with all NQF registered qualifications at NQF Level 3, and vertically with NQF Levels 2 and 4.
|Any provider offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider by the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015.|
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||117924||Use a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based word processor to format documents||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Core||120324||Collect airborne particulates in the environment using a high volume gravimetric sampler||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Core||120330||Conduct a continuous risk assessment in a workplace||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Core||120335||Conduct an investigation into workplace incidents||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Core||120333||Conduct, report and follow up on a pre-use, safety and/or audit inspection||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Core||120319||Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of airborne pollutants and control measures||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Core||120328||Demonstrate knowledge of psychrometric charts and perform calculations||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Core||120331||Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to fires in working places||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Core||120337||Demonstrate knowledge pertaining to the preparation, conducting, recording and follow-up actions of a planned task observation in a working place||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Core||120338||Determine the amount of mineral dust and particulate matter in water by means of a nephelometer and turbidimeter respectively||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Core||120339||Determine the concentration of respirable dust using a direct reading instrument||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Core||120321||Measure acceleration of vibration||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Core||120317||Measure noise levels, and take appropriate action||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Core||120332||Monitor, report and advise on the application of safety and health principles regarding electricity in a work place.||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Core||120325||Monitor, report and advise on the application of safety and health principles regarding the movement of people and materials in and around a working place||Level 3||NQF Level 03||7|
|Core||120362||Monitor, report and make recommendations pertaining to specified requirements in terms of working at heights||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Core||120336||Provide risk based primary emergency care/first aid as an advanced first responder in the workplace||Level 3||NQF Level 03||6|
|Core||120329||Respond to, implement and manage emergencies according to an emergency action plan in a workplace||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Core||120326||Assess the performance of a heat exchanger and take appropriate action||Level 4||NQF Level 04||3|
|Core||120334||Conduct routine monitoring of a fan's performance and installation||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||120344||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant current occupational health and safety legislation||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||120322||Demonstrate knowledge of fans, fan measurements and performance||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Core||120359||Monitor, report and make recommendations on the requirements applicable to permit to work systems in a working environment||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||120340||Use water circuits to determine the performance of a refrigeration plant and take appropriate remedial action||Level 4||NQF Level 04||3|
|Fundamental||8968||Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9010||Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Fundamental||9013||Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Fundamental||8969||Interpret and use information from texts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||9012||Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||119078||Use a GUI-based word processor to enhance a document through the use of tables and columns||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||8973||Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||7456||Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Fundamental||8970||Write texts for a range of communicative contexts||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Elective||120323||Analyse a mixture of coal dust and stone dust sample by means of colorimetric method and recommend appropriate remedial action||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Elective||119554||Apply environmental management tools to assess impacts||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Elective||9964||Apply health and safety to a work area||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Elective||116516||Apply stone dust to inertise coal dust||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Elective||259617||Conduct an investigation into workplace safety, health and environmental incidents||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Elective||259622||Describe the functions of the workplace health and safety representative||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Elective||259597||Explain emergency preparedness and response procedures||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Elective||115090||Install explosion barriers to control the propagation of coal dust explosions||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Elective||119454||Maintain and adapt oral/signed communication||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Elective||115089||Measure virgin rock temperature||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Elective||259599||Participate in the establishment, implementation and monitoring of a health and safety agreement||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Elective||259601||Participate in the implementation and evaluation of a safety and health management programme in the workplace||Level 2||NQF Level 02||2|
|Elective||120496||Provide risk-based primary emergency care/first aid in the workplace||Level 2||NQF Level 02||5|
|Elective||115103||Sample and evaluate a mixture of coal dust and stone dust||Level 2||NQF Level 02||3|
|Elective||119553||Take action to address impacts on the environment||Level 2||NQF Level 02||10|
|Elective||259604||Verify compliance to safety, health and environmental requirements in the workplace||Level 2||NQF Level 02||4|
|Elective||119472||Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication||Level 3||NQF Level 03||5|
|Elective||120351||Collect and prepare water sample for radionuclide analysis||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Elective||120318||Determine the long-lived alpha activity on a dust-laden filter with an alpha counter||Level 3||NQF Level 03||2|
|Elective||117877||Perform one-to-one training on the job||Level 3||NQF Level 03||4|
|Elective||9533||Use communication skills to handle and resolve conflict in the workplace||Level 3||NQF Level 03||3|
|Elective||9015||Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||7465||Collect and use data to establish complex statistical and probability models and solve related problems||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Elective||120366||Demonstrate understanding of the implementation of occupational health, safety and environmental legislation in the work place||Level 4||NQF Level 04||9|
|Elective||120346||Determine radioactive contamination by means of a surface contamination monitor||Level 4||NQF Level 04||2|
|Elective||242821||Identify responsibilities of a team leader in ensuring that organisational standards are met||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||120356||Measure low-level gamma radiation by means of a portable dosimeter||Level 4||NQF Level 04||2|
|Elective||120370||Monitor and make recommendations on the application of health and safety principles regarding hazardous substances in the working place||Level 4||NQF Level 04||3|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|LP ID||Learning Programme Title||Originator||Pre-2009
|NQF Level||Min Credits||Learning Prog End Date||Quality
|50062||National Certificate: Occupational Hygiene and Safety||Generic Provider - Field 09||Level 3||NQF Level 03||144||HW SETA||OQSF|
|79826||National Certificate: Occupational Hygiene and Safety: Mining and Minerals||Generic Provider - Field 09||Level 3||NQF Level 03||144||MQA||OQSF|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES:|
|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.
|LP ID||Learning Programme Title||Accredited Provider|
|50062||National Certificate: Occupational Hygiene and Safety||Chrismog Consulting Firm|