Unit of competency details

HLTFS309C - Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplace (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 25/Mar/2011

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
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Supersedes and is equivalent to HLTFS9A - Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplaceUnit updated in V4 - equivalent competency outcome 25/Mar/2011

Training packages that include this unit

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the 'Title' columnRelease
HLT32812 - Certificate III in Health Support ServicesCertificate III in Health Support Services 
HLT32807 - Certificate III in Health Support ServicesCertificate III in Health Support Services 
CHC60208 - Advanced Diploma of Children's ServicesAdvanced Diploma of Children's Services 1-2 
CHC51008 - Diploma of Children's Services (Outside school hours care)Diploma of Children's Services (Outside school hours care) 1-2 
CHC50908 - Diploma of Children's Services (Early childhood education and care)Diploma of Children's Services (Early childhood education and care) 1-2 
CHC40212 - Certificate IV in Home and Community CareCertificate IV in Home and Community Care 
CHC40208 - Certificate IV in Home and Community CareCertificate IV in Home and Community Care 
CHC30408 - Certificate III in DisabilityCertificate III in Disability 1-3 
CHC30312 - Certificate III in Home and Community CareCertificate III in Home and Community Care 1-2 
CHC30308 - Certificate III in Home and Community CareCertificate III in Home and Community Care 
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 110111 Food Hygiene 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 110111 Food Hygiene 04/Nov/2011 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Descriptor 

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to supervise the day-to-day implementation of the food safety program across the entire business, process or food handling area

It also involves supporting others to implement the requirements of the food safety plan

Application of the Unit

Application 

This unit of competency supports the implementation of national and state food safety legislation regulations and is based on the national Food Safety Guideline Competency Standards 

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable

Pre-Requisites

Not Applicable

Employability Skills Information

Employability Skills 

This unit contains Employability Skills

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements define the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

The Performance Criteria specify the level of performance required to demonstrate achievement of the Element. Terms in italics are elaborated in the Range Statement.

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

1. Monitor the implementation of the food safety program in the workplace

1.1 Implement food safety handling processes and procedures that meet the requirements of the food safety program 

1.2 Implement processes and procedures to maintain the food handling area  to meet the requirements of the food safety program

1.3 Communicate food safety requirements and procedures to others in the workplace

1.4 Support people in the food area top meet food safety requirements

2. Take corrective action when a food safety hazard is found not to be in control

2.1 Implement procedures for responding to non-conformance

2.2 Identify causes of non -compliance 

2.3 Implement measures to prevent the recurrence of non-conformance issues

2.4 Develop or revise procedures to support the effective control of food safety hazards

2.5 Communicate all additional and/or revised processes and procedures to food handlers

3. Maintain food safety in the workplace

3.1 Identify processes and procedures that could result in a breach of food safety procedures and take preventive or corrective action

3.2 Support food handlers to complete food safety records to meet the food safety program and legal requirements

Required Skills and Knowledge

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE 

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit.

Essential knowledge :

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role

This includes knowledge of:

  • Appropriate communication skills and techniques to convey the requirements of the food safety program to others in the workplace
  • Auditing arrangements, roles and responsibilities as they relate to own work responsibilities, which may include an understanding of internal and external audit processes
  • Current technical and process knowledge required to participate in investigations of non-conformance within level of responsibility
  • Legal obligations for food safety relating to personal and company liability, which:
  • at a minimum, includes awareness of relevant national, state and industry-specific legislation/regulations
  • may also include customer requirements
  • Principles of a systematic approach to managing food safety, which includes:
  • identification of hazards that are likely to occur
  • establishing appropriate methods of control
  • monitoring controls
  • describing corrective action to be taken if control conditions are not met
  • recording information
  • Procedures to identify and separate non conforming product and recall procedures and responsibilities relevant to the food business
  • Properties, handling, preparation, processing, display, packaging and storage requirements of materials and products used in the food handling area in order to make judgments about safety of food within the parameters established by the food safety program
  • Record keeping requirements and systems used in the workplace
  • Systems, procedures and support programs in place in the food business to implement the food safety program

Essential skills :

It is critical that the candidate demonstrate the ability to

  • Apply knowledge of all aspects of the food safety program
  • Meet reporting requirements
  • Undertake hazard identification and management

In addition, the candidate must be able to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role

This includes the ability to:

  • Collect and analyse data and other food safety information to identify breaches of food safety procedures within level of responsibility
  • Communicate information about the food safety program and related procedures to others in the food handling area
  • Demonstrate monitoring techniques used in the food handling area, which may include:
  • visual inspection
  • sampling methods
  • testing methods
  • record keeping and all other procedures required to implement the food safety program in the food handling area
  • Make judgments on action required to respond to non-conformance and follow procedures to identify, separate and/or recall non-conforming food as required, within level of responsibility
  • Monitor the recording of food safety information to confirm that the records accurately reflect performance and meet the requirements of the food safety program
  • Participate in investigating actual and potential non-conformance and complaints from customers relating to food safety
  • Review practice and procedures to prevent or minimise non-conformance within level of responsibility

Evidence Guide

EVIDENCE GUIDE 

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate this competency unit :

  • The individual being assessed must provide evidence of specified essential knowledge as well as skills
  • Consistency of performance should be demonstrated over the required range of workplace situations

Context of and specific resources for assessment :

  • Assessment should replicate workplace conditions as far as possible
  • Assessment should be structured on whole work activities and address all knowledge and skill requirements
  • Simulations may be used to represent workplace conditions as closely as possible
  • Where, for reasons of safety, access to equipment and resources and space, assessment takes place away from the workplace, simulations should be used to represent workplace conditions as closely as possible
  • Resources essential for assessment include:
  • Food safety program
  • Food handling area
  • Relevant reporting procedures

Method of assessment 

  • Observation in the work place (if possible)
  • Written assignments/projects
  • Case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice
  • Questioning
  • Role play simulation

Access and equity considerations :

  • All workers in the health industry should be aware of access and equity issues in relation to their own area of work
  • All workers should develop their ability to work in a culturally diverse environment
  • In recognition of particular health issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, workers should be aware of cultural, historical and current issues impacting on health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Assessors and trainers must take into account relevant access and equity issues, in particular relating to factors impacting on health of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities

Related units :

This competency unit should be assessed in conjunction with:

  • HLTFS310C Apply and monitor food safety requirements

Range Statement

RANGE STATEMENT 

The Range Statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Add any essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts.

Food safety program includes :

  • A food safety program systematically identifies the food safety hazards that may be reasonably expected to occur in all food handling operations of the food business. It identifies where and how each hazard can be controlled, describes how these controls are to be monitored, the corrective action required if control conditions are not met and information to be recorded
  • The food safety program must comply with relevant national, state and industry legislation/regulations
  • For the purpose of applying this guideline competency standard in circumstances where formal food safety programs are not a legal requirement; the term can be understood to cover the same detail as would be covered by a food safety program
  • Where a business has not identified food safety hazards, determined where and how these hazards are to be controlled and how controls are to be monitored, this guideline competency standard would not apply

Processes and procedures to maintain the food handling area 

may include :

  • Cleaning and sanitation
  • Pest control
  • Food disposal
  • Equipment calibration
  • Temperature measuring devices

Formats for the provision of food safety responsibilities may include :

  • Written
  • Verbal
  • Diagrams
  • Electronic

Food handling area may include ::

  • An area where any or all of the following occur:
  • basic food handling
  • food inspection
  • food preparation
  • cooking
  • cooling
  • processing
  • display
  • packaging
  • storage
  • transportation

Identifying breaches of food safety procedures and taking corrective action must :

  • Take place in the context of the food safety program
  • Within scope of responsibility

Record keeping requirements include :

  • Legal requirements
  • Food safety program requirements

Unit Sector(s)

Not Applicable

Pre-/co-requisite unit

Pre -/co-requisite unit 

This unit must be assessed after successful achievement of pre-requisite:

  • HLTFS207C Follow basic food safety practices

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