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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Afford on-track protection 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120021  Afford on-track protection 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
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 
The qualifying learner is capable of:

Identifying the situation that requires protection and affording appropriate on-track protection in order to contribute to safety of people, trains and machinery and for safe movement on rail. The learner will also be able to discontinue protection in accordance with company procedures and will be able to collect, transport, use and secure protection equipment in accordance with safety standards and relevant procedures.

This Unit Standard will contribute to the full development of a professional community of Rail Construction and Maintenance workers.

The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this Unit Standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the Rail Construction and Maintenance environment. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that learners are already competent in the following:
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1
  • Communication at NQF Level 1 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this Unit Standard:

    Competency must be demonstrated
  • In different weather and environmental conditions.
  • Day and night time.
  • In different yard layouts/mainline/sidings/private sidings/shed/workshop (might or might not include overhead traction and Railway signalling).
  • Within a specific time span.
  • Different site conditions, e.g. cutting, embankments, multiple lines, tunnels, sites with restricted accessibility etc.

    Types of protection include protection of trains and safeguarding of employees, viz:
  • Warnings.
  • Speed reduction.
  • Stop approaching traffic.

    This standard is inclusive of:
  • Occupation of lines.
  • Train accidents, obstructions on the line, maintenance work on the track/high voltage, etc.
  • Level crossings (unprotected).
  • On-track machinery.

    Equipment in this standard can include, but not limited to be:
  • Detonators.
  • Flags.
  • Banners.
  • Boards.
  • Hand-lamps.
  • Warning devices. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Collect, transport, use and secure protection equipment in accordance with safety standards and relevant procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment is received in accordance with procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Condition and fitness for purpose of equipment are inspected, and discrepancies reported in accordance with procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safety procedures are adhered to during transportation and handling of equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Equipment is secured appropriately during transportation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Equipment is safe guard in accordance with company procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify the specific site that requires protection. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The specific site for the particular protection type is identified correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Safe hazards are identified and reported accordingly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Supervisor is informed in order to finalize the correct procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Afford appropriate protection in accordance with procedures and/or work instruction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Protection is afforded using the appropriate equipment in accordance with work instruction and relevant regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate protection is afforded for the specific environment and circumstances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Affording of protection is communicated with relevant role-players where required. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Discontinue protection. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Protection is discontinued according to the relevant rules and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Protection of equipment is removed, secured and safe guarded appropriately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Discontinuation is communicated to relevant role-players and recorded when applicable. 


    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 ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this Unit Standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Code of Practice 29.
  • Different types of protection.
  • Principles and theory related to specific situations that require protection.
  • Principles and theory related to how protection must be afforded.
  • Principles pertaining to the transportation, handling, use and securement of protection equipment.
  • The communication process which is required for a specific situation.
  • Safety rules and regulations related to protection that include detonators.
  • Health, Safety and Housekeeping procedures and regulations.
  • Reporting and documentation requirements and procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    Learner and societal development

    Learners can understand the importance of:
  • Safety in the workplace.
  • Being a team player in the work environment, organisation and in society.
  • Economic impact of rail track operations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Learners can solve problems with regard to correctness, quantity and quality of tools and equipment as well as possible safety hazards. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Learners can work effectively with others and in teams when:
  • Relevant role-players are informed and available.
  • Coordinating activities and working as a team whilst performing protection. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Learners can organise and manage themselves:
  • When affording and discontinuing protection in a safe and systematic manner.
  • When collecting equipment in accordance with procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Learners can collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Identifying the situation that requires a specific protection procedure.
  • Ensuring that protection is appropriate for the specific environment and circumstances. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners can communicate effectively by:
  • Informing supervisor in order to finalize the correct procedures.
  • Communicating affording/discontinuing of protection with relevant role-players. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Learners can use science and technology by:
  • Using protection equipment safely.
  • Understanding the purpose, application and use of different types of protection equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter relatedness of systems

    Learners can understand:
  • Safety rules and regulations related to protection.
  • Importance of on-track protection for the safety of people, trains, machinery and the safe movement on rail. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  50020   National Certificate: Construction and Maintenance of Overhead Track Equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    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. Rail Track Training Consultants 



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