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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Issue a permit to work in a process environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244104  Issue a permit to work in a process environment 
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 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 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 issue, control and terminate/recall a work permit in a process environment.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Explain the application of the work permit system in the processing environment.
  • Prepare to issue a work permit.
  • Issue a work permit.
  • Monitor the implementation of permit conditions.

    This will ensure that the control of the work permit system 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 issuing a work permit in a process environment is needed. 

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

    National Certificate Chemical Operations NQF Level 3 or equivalent, including communication and mathematical literacy, NQF Level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    For the purposes of this Unit Standard, permit types include lockout permits, hot work (open flame) permits; cold work permits (including scaffolding and roof clearances) and permits for working in confined spaces.

    The requirements of the relevant sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (No. 85 of 1993) should guide the implementation and assessment of this Unit Standard.

    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 
    Explain the application of the work permit system in a processing environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for and purposes of the different permit types are explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The structure of the permit to work system is explained as it pertains to workplace safety policies and regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The regulatory requirements for work permits are described as applicable to a South African manufacturing environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Legal requirements.
  • Company-specific safety instructions.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Explain the consequences of not adhering to permit to work requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The responsibilities of the issuer of the work permit are described in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The responsibilities of the test permit receiver are described in accordance with workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Responsibilities should include but are not limited to:
  • Verifying and conforming to PPE requirements.
  • Response required during emergency situations.
  • Verifying permit conditions are adhered to.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Procedures for issuing work permits are described in accordance with SOPs. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to issue a work permit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The implications of issuing the wrong type of permit are explained in terms of workplace safety and legal implications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The requirements of the permit are verified with the supervisor. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Permission to issue the work permit is obtained according to company-specific SOPs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A work schedule is planned to accommodate the requirements of the issued work permits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A risk assessment is made of work area and conditions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Issue a work permit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different sections to be completed in a work permit are explained in accordance with workplace policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Conditions under which certain sections of the work permit are completed are explained in accordance with workplace policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The work permit is correctly completed in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The responsibilities of the permit receiver in terms of the actual work permit are described in accordance with workplace policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The work area conditions are verified to comply with permit conditions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Monitor the implementation of permit conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Circumstances under which a permit should be cancelled or withdrawn are explained in accordance with workplace policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Permit conditions are monitored during maintenance work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Permit is recalled under abnormal conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Permit is retrieved on completion of work and reported as per procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Conditions are returned to normal on completion of permit work. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF Level 4 or higher qualification, 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 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected within the assessment criteria of each specific outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Explaining the implications of issuing the wrong type of permit.
  • Explaining circumstances under which a permit should be cancelled or withdrawn.

    Refer to the following Opecific Outcomes:
  • Issue a work permit.
  • Monitor the implementation of permit conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community by:
  • Explaining the responsibilities of the issuer and the receiver of the work permit.
  • Maintaining sound relations with co-workers and maintenance team members.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Describing procedures for issuing work permits in accordance with SOPs.
  • Retrieving permit on completion of work.
  • Planning a work schedule to accommodate the requirements of the issued work permits.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Explain the application of the work permit system in a processing environment.
  • Prepare to issue a work permit.
  • Monitor the implementation of permit conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Describing regulatory requirements for work permits.
  • Making a risk assessment.
  • Monitoring permit conditions during maintenance work.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Explain the application of the work permit system in a processing environment.
  • Prepare to issue a work permit.
  • Monitor the implementation of permit conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
  • Completing the correct sections on the work permit.
  • Communicating abnormal conditions.
  • Reporting as per procedures on completion of permit work.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Issue a work permit.
  • Monitor the implementation of permit conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by:
  • Understanding that the work permit plays an important part in a process plant.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • 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 all Specific Outcomes. 

    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  61949   Further Education and Training Certificate: Pulp and Paper Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 
    Elective  78529   Further Education and Training Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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. BP SOUTHERN AFRICA (PTY) LIMITED 
    2. MPACT 
    3. Mpact Operations Paper Springs 
    4. SAPPI LTD 



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