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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply technical knowledge and skill in order to manage risk in occupational health and occupational hygiene 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242665  Apply technical knowledge and skill in order to manage risk in occupational health and occupational hygiene 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Insurance and Investment 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Finance, Economics and Accounting 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
13950  Apply technical knowledge and skill in order to manage risk in occupational health and occupational hygiene  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is intended for Managers, people at workplaces who are exposed to occupational health and occupational hygiene risks. It will be useful for Safety Officers, Safety Representatives, Occupational Health and Safety Personnel, Occupational Hygienists, Underwriters, Insurance Assessors and Risk Managers who are responsible in part or in full for the management of occupational health and occupational hygiene and who should be conversant with the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations, as amended, and the consequences of non-compliance.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of legislation regulating occupational health and occupational hygiene in a selected industry.
  • Describing the nature of occupational hygiene stressors in a specific workplace.
  • Applying the risk management process to the management of occupational health and occupational hygiene risk in a specific workplace.
  • Designing an occupational health and occupational hygiene programme for a specific organisation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at Level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this Unit Standard is
  • Hygiene stressors include, but are not limited to physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic and radiation related risks.
  • Physical stressors include heat, cold, noise, lighting, vibration and air quality.
  • Chemical stressors include flammables, toxics, explosives and corrosives.
  • Biological stressors include viruses, bacteria, allergens parasites and toxins.
  • Ergonomic stressors include workplace design, man job specifications and biokinetics.
  • Radiation stressors include ionizing, non-ionizing and electromagnetic forces. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of legislation regulating occupational health and occupational hygiene in a selected industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Legislation regulating occupational health and occupational hygiene is identified for a specific industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The requirement to perform a risk assessment is explained with reference to the appropriate legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The requirements for a control programme and records are explained with reference to the appropriate legislation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the nature of occupational hygiene stressors in a specific workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hygiene stressors in a specific workplace are named and an indication is given of the kind of impact each could have on an employee's well being. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Occupation exposure limits are explained with reference to noise, hazardous chemical substances and radiation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The principles of control measures applicable to different stressors are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply the risk management process to the management of occupational health and occupational hygiene risk in a specific workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The stressors in a specific work environment are identified relative to the workplace operational processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The risk exposure is evaluated and quantified for each identified stressor and control measures are proposed to reduce or eliminate the risk to within legal limits and requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Design an occupational health and occupational hygiene programme for a specific organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An occupational hygiene programme is designed to address the hygiene problems identified at a specific site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A medical surveillance programme is developed to monitor the effectiveness of the occupational hygiene controls of a specific organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An occupational health programme is designed to meet the legal requirements of the specific industry or workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The records required for the occupational hygiene programme, medical surveillance and occupational health plan are designed for a specific workplace and an indication is given of how long it is necessary to retain the different records. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    An outline of a training programme for employees is developed that complies with occupational health and occupational hygiene requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a candidate against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists 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 or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Learners are capable of identifying and solving problems in which responses show that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made in developing an occupational health, occupational hygiene and medical surveillance programmes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Learners are capable of collecting, organising and critically evaluating information in applying the risk management process to manage occupational health and occupational hygiene in a specific workplace. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners are capable of communicating effectively explaining the requirements of the different Acts, producing plans and designing records. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Learners are capable of seeing the world as a set of related systems identifying potential risks and proposing control measures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Learners are capable of being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts in designing occupational health and occupational hygiene programmes. 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 13950, "Apply technical knowledge and skill in order to manage risk in occupational health and occupational hygiene", Level 4, 8 credits.

    Search words: occupational health, occupational hygiene, risk management. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  57849   Further Education and Training Certificate: Dangerous Goods: Multi-modal Transportation  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  TETA 
    Core  72050   Further Education and Training Certificate: Pharmacist Assistance  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  57613   Further Education and Training Certificate: Short-Term Risk Management  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  INSETA 


    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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