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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct on-site analysis of process materials 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244096  Conduct on-site analysis of process materials 
ORIGINATOR
Chemical Industries SGB 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
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 
Learners who demonstrate competence as described in the outcomes of this unit standard will be able to perform on-site analysis of process materials in a chemical processing plant.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Understand and explain safe working practices in a plant laboratory.
  • Handle laboratory equipment in accordance with SOPs.
  • Handle laboratory chemicals in accordance with SOPs.
  • Conduct tests and take readings in accordance with specifications and work policies and procedures.
  • Analyse and record data obtained from tests.

    This will ensure that the onsite analysis of process materials in a processing operation is performed in accordance with procedures and accepted work practices. This competence will enhance the learner's employability and career options in all occupations where knowledge of onsite analysis of process materials is needed. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Description of required skills:

    National Certificate Chemical Operations NQF Level 2 or equivalent, including communication and mathematical literacy, NQF Level 2. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The context of this unit standard includes a complete process, from the point of receiving a commodity raw material to the point of supplying a commercially saleable product.

    The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because the process requires a wide range of cognitive skills and offers a considerable choice of solutions. A broad knowledge base incorporating some theoretical concepts, analytical interpretation of information, informed judgement and a range of sometime innovative responses to concrete but often unfamiliar problems are employed. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Understand and explain safe working practices in a plant laboratory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of Personal Protective Clothing (PPE) appropriate to the laboratory is explained in accordance with safe working practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The appropriate PPE is selected and worn in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safety signs, placards and data sheets are identified and explained in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The safe use of chemicals is explained and demonstrated in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Poisonous chemicals are identified and handling procedures are demonstrated and explained in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Handle laboratory equipment in accordance with SOPs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The use and purpose of laboratory equipment is explained in accordance with SOPs. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment includes but is not limited to:
  • Glass equipment, e.g. volumetric flasks, measuring cylinders, burettes, thermometers and vacuum bulb.
  • Electronic equipment, e.g. temperature meter, conductivity meter, pH meter, turbidity meter, scale and comparator.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Laboratory equipment is used in accordance with SOPs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The correct storage of laboratory equipment is demonstrated in accordance with SOPs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An inventory of laboratory equipment is maintained in accordance with SOPs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The procedure for damaged or broken laboratory equipment is explained in accordance with SOPs. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Handle laboratory chemicals in accordance with SOPs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The use and purpose of laboratory chemicals to be used for the on-site analysis of process materials are explained in accordance with SOPs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Chemicals are stored in accordance with work policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Inventory of chemicals is accurate and up to date. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Shortages are reported to supervisor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The procedure for spillages is explained in accordance with SOPs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Chemicals are used in accordance with SOPs. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct tests and take readings in accordance with specifications and work policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The range of tests and recordings to be used in own plant are described and the purpose of each is explained in accordance with workplace procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment and chemicals needed for each test and recording are selected and named in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Calibration of electronic equipment is checked by relevant responsible person. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The methods of conducting each test and recording are demonstrated in accordance with SOPs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Good housekeeping guidelines are adhered to during activities. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Cleaning work area.
  • Storing material and equipment.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Analyse and record data obtained from tests. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Readings and test results are recorded accurately in accordance with SOPs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Test results are compared to specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Test results are analysed and interpreted in accordance with SOPs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Records and reports are completed accurately and submitted to relevant person. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 3 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Only an assessor with at least three years experience in a process operation will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner understands and is able to:
  • Understand and explain safe working practices in a plant laboratory.
  • Handle laboratory equipment in accordance with SOPs.
  • Handle laboratory chemicals in accordance with SOPs.
  • Conduct tests and take readings in accordance with specifications and work policies and procedures.
  • Analyse and record data obtained from tests. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Understand and explain safe working practices in a plant laboratory.
  • Handle laboratory equipment in accordance with SOPs.
  • Conduct tests and take readings in accordance with specifications and work policies and procedures.
  • Analyse and record data obtained from tests. 

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

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Handle laboratory chemicals in accordance with SOPs.
  • Conduct tests and take readings in accordance with specifications and work policies and procedures. 

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

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

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

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

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

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Understand and explain safe working practices in a plant laboratory.
  • Handle laboratory equipment in accordance with SOPs.
  • Handle laboratory chemicals in accordance with SOPs.
  • Conduct tests and take readings in accordance with specifications and work policies and procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Understand and explain safe working practices in a plant laboratory.
  • Handle laboratory equipment in accordance with SOPs.
  • Handle laboratory chemicals in accordance with SOPs.
  • Conduct tests and take readings in accordance with specifications and work policies and procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Understand and explain safe working practices in a plant laboratory.
  • Handle laboratory equipment in accordance with SOPs.
  • Handle laboratory chemicals in accordance with SOPs.
  • Conduct tests and take readings in accordance with specifications and work policies and procedures. 

  • 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 
    Supplementary Information:

    Terms and definitions:
  • Standard operating procedures: The documented practice(s) defining the who, what, and when of quality activities. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  78528   National Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  58537   National Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2009-06-17  Was CHIETA until Last Date for Achievement 


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