Raise food safety awareness 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 raise awareness of food safety issues in food and drink operations. It involves reporting any potential food safety hazards and contributing to improvements to food safety procedures. It is also essential to maintaining the quality of the final product.

You will need to be able to raise awareness of food safety. You also need to show you can recognise and take action on risks to food safety. You must also show you can contribute to improving food safety.

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:

Raise awareness of food safety

  1. inform team members of required standards relating to personal hygiene, product contamination, cross-contamination, spoilage, spillage or infestation
  2. highlight signs and training material that emphasise safe working practices
  3. inform team members of any amendments in standard operating procedures that may be required in response to work priorities
  4. clarify the application of standard operating procedures when team members require guidance

Recognise and take action on risks to food safety

  1. identify and make note of indicators which suggest that food safety has been breached
  2. take appropriate immediate action to reduce the impact of the risk
  3. apply signs or labels to ensure that any potentially contaminated food is not re-used
  4. inform relevant senior and technical staff of the potential food safety risk
  5. pass on accurate details of the nature of the potential food safety risk

Contribute to improving food safety

  1. actively co-operate with and contribute to relevant control and audit activities
  2. examine audit report findings which impact directly on the work areas or processes in own area of responsibility
  3. identify areas in standard operating procedures where technical improvements can be made to working practices
  4. communicate suggestions relating to potential standard operating procedures to relevant technical staff

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

​IMPFS109K Understand how to raise food safety awareness in food and drink operations


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

31 Dec 2019





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Relevant Occupations

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

SOC Code


Contamination; infestation; safety; spoilage; spillage