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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate understanding of product packaging in the chemical manufacturing industries 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246508  Demonstrate understanding of product packaging in the chemical manufacturing industries 
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 
This unit standard is for people who work, or intend to work in a manufacturing environment.

It will contribute to the full development of the learner by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of manufacturing and assembly. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth within the chemical manufacturing environment.

People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate knowledge of:
  • Product packaging requirements.
  • Primary packaging operations.
  • Secondary packaging operations.
  • The requirements for storing packaging materials and finished goods. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Products related to this unit standard may include: household, personal care products, cosmetics, surface coatings, specialty chemicals, petroleum-derived products, pesticides and fertilizers for home consumption.
  • Primary packaging may include: returnable or non-returnable glass bottles, jars, cans, tins, drums, tubes, plastic bottles, plastic jars, plastic drums, plastic pouches, sachets, flow wrapping, paper wrapping, metal (tinplate and aluminum).
  • Secondary packaging may include: labels, film, board, shrink wrap, bubble wrap, trays, cartons and crates.
  • Finished product refers to a product that has primary and/or secondary packaging. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe and discuss product packaging requirements. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Packaging includes but is not limited to, the following types of packaging activities: filling, labelling, capping, stamping, wrapping, flow-wrapping, shrink-wrapping. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of packaging is discussed, and its impact on the Company and the consumer is explained, from the point of view of marketing, safety and quality. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Marketing includes: Branding, distribution, price and promotion.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Packaged product labelling is explained in terms of information dissemination and legislative requirements, and consequences of non-compliance with legislation are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Non-compliance in terms of the effect on the Manufacturer, the Brand and the Consumer.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Various types of primary and secondary packaging are described in terms of materials, shape and suitability for chemical products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Factors that influence the efficiency of packaging lines are described and discussed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    SHEQ; loading of packaging material, setting and alignment of machinery; design of packaging machinery; suitability and quality of packaging material; volumes.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe primary and secondary packaging operations. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Evidence of one type of primary and secondary packaging operation is sufficient. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Primary and secondary packaging is described in terms of its operation, and the equipment used. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment used may include:
  • Filler, capper, shrink wrapper, flow wrapper, conveyor, collator, stacker, tape sealer, labeller, elevator, cutter, stamper.

    Operation may include:
  • Filling, capping, labelling, wrapping, collating, stacking, cutting, stamping, sealing.

    Materials used for containers:
  • Plastic, glass, metal, corrugate.

    Materials used for wrapping and packing:
  • Paper, plastic, shrink, flow, cartons.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The Company's specified quality control system is explained with special mention of the importance of in-process process quality checks on primary and secondary packaging. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The purpose and function of bar coding is described in relation to their impact on the Company, customer and consumer. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Shelf life, batch number, manufacturing date, stock control index, pricing.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the requirements for the storage, distribution and handling of packaging materials and finished goods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Storage conditions are described for specified product(s) and packaging materials, and the consequences of incorrect storage are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Storage conditions include:
  • Climatic conditions, SHEQ, positioning, shelf life, stacking, stock rotation.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The possible causes of damaged packaging are identified and described in relation to storage, handling and distribution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Company and legal requirements of the storage of finished products are described in relation to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tests are carried out on finished product in accordance with specifications. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this Qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the Qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual Unit Standards as well as the integrated competence described in the Qualification.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this Qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Process chemistry contextualised to the product being manufactured.
  • Types packaging and their specific features.
  • All releavant health, safety and environmental Acts and their amendments, especially as they impact on packaging for both local and export purposes. 

  • 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:
  • Using one's understanding of safety, health and environmental legislation to solve problems in the work place.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community:
  • Application of safety, health and environmental standards.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • Evaluating the legislation and applying a system to maintain it in the workplace.

    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:
  • Explaining the meaning of chemical signage.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome:
  • Describe and discuss product packaging requirements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others:
  • Applying chemical principles safely in the work place.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • 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:
  • Ensuring that the legislation is translated into a safe, healthy and environmentally positive environment.

    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:
  • Understanding the role of safety, health and environment in the work environment.

    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
    Elective  58975   National Certificate: Automated Packaging Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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.
     
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