Support commissioning of plant, equipment and process in food and drink operations

Business Sectors (Suites): Food and Drink
Developed by: Improve
Approved on: 26 Feb 2021


This standard covers skills required to support the commissioning of new plant, which is an important feature of food and drink processing and packaging operations.

The ability to communicate and the ability to work with others are essential features of this unit as is the ability to interpret data and make recommendations for improvement. Early communication with the supplier of equipment is crucial to determine requirements, such as services and energy consumption, ideally before commissioning of new plant.

This standard applies to you if you work within the processing, technical or engineering area of food and drink operations.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. monitor and adhere to hygiene, health and safety and environmental procedures
  2. identify any need to develop additional hygiene and health and safety procedures and report this in accordance with organisational procedures
  3. identify any training needs associated with the operation of new or modified plant and equipment and refer them in accordance with organisational procedures
  4. establish the status of all relevant items of equipment
  5. record the operational responses of the plant, equipment and materials and evaluate these responses against specifications
  6. take the necessary corrective actions in response to apparent differences from expected performance and report in accordance with organisational procedures
  7. provide advice to others that is valid and contributes to the achievement of improved performance
  8. establish and maintain spoken and written communication with managers and colleagues
  9. complete documentation in accordance with organisational procedures

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the standards of health and safety and hygiene to which you are required to work and why it is important that you do so
  2. the environmental procedures to which you are required to work and why it is important that you do so
  3. what the limits of your own authority and competence are and why it is important to work within them
  4. what the lines and methods of communication are and why it is important to use them
  5. how to communicate with suppliers to determine commissioning requirements
  6. what the documentation requirements are and why it is important to meet them
  7. how to access and interpret the relevant plant, process and equipment specifications
  8. how commissioning can impact on operations
  9. how to access and interpret the relevant guidelines
  10. how to carry out training needs analysis
  11. how to identify the status of equipment
  12. what range of options for corrective action are available and when they are necessary
  13. what the process of capability of newly installed plant and equipment is
  14. how to conduct process validation


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Indicative Review Date

31 Jan 2024





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Relevant Occupations

Manufacturing Technologies, Plant and Machine Operatives, Process Operatives, Process, Plant and Machine Operatives

SOC Code



Food; drink; manufacture; commissioning; plant; equipment; handover