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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Wet mop floors 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243198  Wet mop floors 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Hygiene & Cleaning Services 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Cleaning, Domestic, Hiring, Property and Rescue Services 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
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
12521  Wet mop floors  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners credited with this unit standard are able to wet mop floors found in a residential, commercial, industrial or institutional environment.

Qualifying learners are able to:
  • Plan and prepare to wet mop floors.
  • Spot mop floors.
  • Wet mop floors.
  • Perform end of task procedures after wet mopping floors. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication at ABET Level 3.
  • The Unit standards:

    > Understand basic cleaning principles (Level 1).
    > Use chemicals in the cleaning services environment (Level 1). 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • The scope of this unit standard is for any person who needs to wet mop floors.
  • In the context of this unit standard, floors include hard and resilient floors. Water sensitive floors and access floors may be wet mopped if included in the customer's cleaning specification..All textile or soft floors are excluded. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan and prepare to wet mop floors. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Range of floors that could be wet mopped includes, but is not limited to:
  • Hard floors - include but are not limited to, tiles, stone, granite, marble, terrazzo, quarry tiles, terracotta, ceramic tiles, slate, porcelain, sealed concrete.
  • Resilient floors - include but are not limited to vinyl, sealed wood, linoleum, profiled rubber. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal protective equipment is used in accordance with worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons for using personal protective equipment are explained in terms of General Safety Regulations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of personal protective equipment includes, but is not limited to, overalls, footwear, gloves and dust mask.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Floor surfaces that require wet mopping are identified in accordance with scope of work, access and cleaning specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The correct mopping equipment is selected in accordance with worksite procedure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range includes, but is not limited to mobile single or double buckets, wringer, short or longhaired mop, flat mop, mop sticks and holder, butterfly mop.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Chemicals are selected for the identified tasks in accordance with worksite procedures and reasons for the selection are explained in terms of the surface and dirt. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The reason why special care needs to be taken when wet mopping water-sensitive floors is explained in terms of the consequences of over-wetting. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of floors needing special care:
  • Water sensitive floors includes, but is not limited to untreated wood and other absorbent surfaces that would be negatively affected by water.
  • Access floors. These are suspended floors constructed of removable panels that may themselves be washable, but cover electrical and computer wiring that could be damaged by the presence of water.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Wet floor warning signs are placed correctly before wet mopping in accordance with worksite procedures and reasons for doing so are explained in terms of General Safety Regulations and basic cleaning principles. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Spot mop floors. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The use and benefits of spot mopping are defined in accordance with the cleaning specification and basic cleaning principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The correct method of spot mopping the floor is demonstrated in accordance with the worksite procedure and basic cleaning principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The single and double mopping bucket systems are demonstrated in accordance with the worksite procedure and the difference between the two systems is explained in terms of effectiveness and productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The mop is wrung-out and the cleaning water changed in accordance with the worksite procedure and the reasons for doing so are explained in terms of basic cleaning principles and the use of cleaning chemicals. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Wet mop floors. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Floors are mopped using a single bucket and a double bucket system in accordance with the worksite procedure and basic cleaning principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The figure-of-eight mopping method is demonstrated in accordance with the worksite procedure and the reason for the use of this method is explained in terms of productivity and basic cleaning principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reasons why care and attention are given to avoid dirtying furniture, fittings, skirting boards, walls or adjacent areas during the mopping process is explained in terms of customer service and basic cleaning principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedure in the event of someone falling on a wet floor during the mopping process is explained in terms of General Safety Regulations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform end of task procedures after wet mopping floors. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All floors that have been wet mopped are checked to ensure the level of cleanliness is in accordance with the worksite procedure and basic cleaning principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All waste generated during the wet mopping of hard and resilient floors is disposed of in accordance with worksite procedure and environmental principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All equipment, consumables and chemicals used for wet mopping floors are removed, cleaned and stored in accordance with worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Problems and damage identified during the wet mopping of floors are reported, and reasons for doing so are explained in accordance with worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of problems and damage could include, but is not limited to, accidents and personal injury, damaged/missing equipment and/or personal protective equipment; insufficient or incorrect chemicals and/or consumables, staff problems, customer requirements, the cleaning schedule and broken, cracked or loose tiles.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution or provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be a constituent assessor registered with relevant ETQA.
  • Both internal and external moderation of the assessment will be quality assured by the relevant ETQA in accordance with their published policies and procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Basic cleaning principles applicable to wet mopping floors.
  • The use of cleaning chemicals applicable to wet mopping floors. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems that might occur during wet mopping of floors such accidents and injury. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a cleaning team when wet mopping floors. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively during the processes of planning, preparing, cleaning and checking the quality of wet mopping floors. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organise and evaluate information relating to surfaces, cleaning procedures, cleaning specifications and cleaning frequencies during the wet mopping of floors. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when wet mopping floors by using oral and/or written language skills when reporting. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by disposing of waste correctly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising the importance of planning before wet mopping floors. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large by:
  • Participating as a responsible citizen in the life of local, national and global communities by implementing environmental cleaning methods. 

  • 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 12521, "Wet mop floors", Level 1, 4 credits.

    Supplementary Information:

    Definition of terms within this unit standard:
  • Access refers to the authority to enter an area to wet mop floors without disturbing people in or near that area.
  • Access floors refers to suspended floors constructed of removable panels that may themselves be washable, but cover electrical and computer wiring that could be damaged by the presence of water.
  • Cleaning services environment refers to anywhere where cleaning takes place.
  • Cleaning specification refers to the list of floors to be maintained and the frequency of cleaning agreed.
  • Environment (as in 'a residential, commercial, industrial or institutional environment') refers to buildings or structures that contain floors to be wet mopped.
  • Frequency refers to the regularity or schedule of wet mopping floors e.g. daily, weekly, etc.
  • Hard floors refers to tiles, stone, granite, marble, terrazzo, quarry tiles, terracotta, ceramic tiles, slate, porcelain, sealed concrete.
  • Resilient floors refers to vinyl, sealed wood, linoleum, profiled rubber.
  • Scope of work refers to the areas in which wet mopping of floors is to take place.
  • Water sensitive floors includes, but is not limited to untreated wood and other absorbent surfaces that would be negatively affected by water.
  • Worksite procedure refers to the method of wet mopping floors that has been identified and agreed. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  57937   General Education and Training Certificate: Hygiene and Cleaning  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 
    Elective  62709   National Certificate: Service Station Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  W&RSETA 


    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. BPC HR Consultants 
    2. Hibiscus Skills Training College (HILLCREST) (TP) 
    3. JESUA CONSULTANTS (Hartenbos) (WA) 
    4. Jesua Consultants (Pty) Ltd (MOSSEL BAY) (TP) 
    5. Spilamart cc T/A 1st Safety & Training (SABIE) (TP) 
    6. Vumbhoni Trading (Pty) Ltd 



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