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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Load a charge exceeding 10 tons into an electric arc furnace 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259718  Load a charge exceeding 10 tons into an electric arc furnace 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
9581  Load a charge exceeding 10 tons into an electric arc furnace  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to people who are responsible for loading a charge exceeding 10 tons into an electric arc furnace.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge relating to the charging of the furnace.
  • Prepare to charge furnace.
  • Charge the furnace.
  • Complete the duties pertaining to the charging process. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge relating to the charging of the furnace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements pertaining to a safe, healthy work environment when charging a furnace and the consequences of not adhering to the above are explained in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of charging a furnace is explained in terms of achieving specified production requirements and up- and down stream operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Hazards and associated risks pertaining to charging a furnace are identified through the relevant risk assessment procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • High temperature.
  • High voltage.
  • Overhead suspended loads.
  • Fumes.
  • Steam.
  • Hot metal splashes.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The actions to be taken should hazards and risks be encountered are explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The principal components of the charging system are identified and their functions explained in terms of operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Charge system components.
  • Auxiliary systems.
  • Safety devices.
  • Interlock system.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Lock-out procedures pertaining to the charging system and the consequences of non-compliance are explained in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The actions to be taken, should sub-standard conditions and problems pertaining to charging the furnace be encountered, are explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The communication requirements pertaining to charging the furnace and the consequences of non-compliance are explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The operating parameters and control methods for the charging process are explained in terms of operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to charge furnace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal protective and safety equipment is verified, examined and used in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools and equipment are verified and examined in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Workplace hazards and associated risks are dealt with in accordance with recommendations set out in the applicable risk assessment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The charging system is examined and substandard conditions are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Occupational safety and health precautions towards self and others are maintained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Charge the furnace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal protective and safety equipment is used in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The start-up of the charging process is conducted in accordance with plant standard task procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The charging process is monitored and controlled in accordance with plant standard task procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safe and optimum production is ensured through effective communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Tools and equipment are used in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Work related hazards and associated risks are dealt with in accordance with recommendations set out in the applicable risk assessment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Problems encountered are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The charging process is conducted consistently with environmental policy and other legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Occupational safety and health precautions towards self and others are maintained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete the duties pertaining to the charging process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The charging process is stopped in accordance with plant standard task procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal protective and safety equipment is dealt with in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools and equipment are dealt with in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Good housekeeping practices are maintained in accordance with plant policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reports are submitted and data recorded in accordance with legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The plant is prepared for maintenance and lock-out procedures adhered to in accordance with plant instructions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the 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, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • 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 
    The following embedded knowledge will be assessed in an integrated way in the context of the unit standard.

    Knowledge related to loading a charge into an electric arc furnace:
  • The importance of charging a furnace.
  • The principal components of the charging system.
  • The specified operating parameters and control methods.

    Critical factors relating to loading a furnace:
  • Legal and specified requirements.
  • Achieving specified production requirements.
  • Risk Assessment procedures and actions.
  • Identify the principal components and explain the specification and their functions.
  • Specified communication requirements.
  • Elementary principles of the process.

    Processes and events:
  • Preparation.
  • Examination.
  • Metal recovery.
  • Monitor and control.

    Causes and effects (Safety and Health):
  • Use of personal protective equipment.
  • Use of tools and equipment.
  • Workplace hazards and associated risks.
  • Housekeeping.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Methods of collecting, analysing, organising, summarising and presenting data.
  • Fault finding and corrective techniques.
  • Handling procedure and controls.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies and standards:
  • Safety, health and environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Quality policies, standards and agreements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note: The learner is able to monitor plant and process conditions, identify anomalies and non-conformances and take appropriate action to resolve the issue with regards to loading a charge exceeding 10 tons into an electric arc furnace. 

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

    Note: The learner contributes effectively to teamwork in the metals production process. 

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

    Note: The learner demonstrates the ability to constantly monitor plant and process conditions, record information effectively and accurately. 

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

    Note: The learner interacts confidently with the technology which is used to monitor and control conditions in the metals production plant. 

    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.

    Note: The learner understands the synergy between upstream, downstream and parallel processes, and his/her own role with regards loading a charge exceeding 10 tons into an electric arc furnace. 

    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 9581, "Load a charge exceeding 10 tons into an electric arc furnace", Level 3, 7 credits.

    Terminology:

    Specified requirements include legal and site specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act, 1996 (Act no 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act no 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives.

    Site Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  64190   National Certificate: Metals Production  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.
     
    1. ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (VANDERBIJLPARK) (TP) 
    2. College of Production Technology 
    3. QTE Training & Consulting cc T/A QTE (GERMISTON) (TP) 
    4. Samancor Chrome Ltd T/A Khuphuka Training & Development (MIDDELBURG) ( 



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