Maintain personal hygiene standards in food and drink operations

Business Sectors (Suites): Food Safety
Developed by: Improve
Approved on: 31 Dec 2014


This standard is about the skills needed for you to maintain personal hygiene standards in food and drink operations.

Maintaining personal hygiene standards is important to keep yourself clean and hygienic when you are at work. It is also essential to maintaining the quality of the final product.

You will need to be able to come to work clean and tidy. You also need to show you can enter the production area clean and tidy, you must also show you can keep clean in the workplace.

This standard is for you if you work in food and drink operations or animal feed operations and your job requires you to enter the food manufacturing or processing area.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Come to work clean and tidy

  1. maintain hair, skin and nails in a clean and hygienic manner
  2. wear clean clothing appropriate to the task
  3. follow your organisation's procedures regarding the jewellery and accessories that can be worn

Enter the production area clean and tidy

  1. wear protective clothing and headgear that is clean, fit for use and worn correctly
  2. follow your organisation’s procedures on when you need to change your protective clothing
  3. wash hands thoroughly at the appropriate times in accordance with organisational procedures

Maintain personal cleanliness in the workplace

  1. avoid unsafe behaviour to protect the food being produced
  2. make sure any cuts, boils, skin infections and grazes are treated and covered with an appropriate dressing
  3. report any cuts, boils, grazes, injuries, illness and infections promptly to the appropriate person

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

​SeeIMPFS102K Understand how to maintain personal hygiene standards in food and drink operations


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Indicative Review Date

31 Dec 2019





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Relevant Occupations

Food Preparation Trades, Food Production Operatives, Manufacturing Technologies, Plant and Machine Operatives

SOC Code


Hygiene; safety; clean; tidy; protective; clothing