Produce action plans to control food safety hazards and risks in food and drink operations

Business Sectors (Suites): Food Safety for Manufacturing
Developed by: Improve
Approved on: 29 Feb 2020


This standard is about identifying and analysing hazards and risks to food safety. It involves producing an action plan to control those hazards and risks including assigning roles and responsibilities, identifying monitoring and audit procedures, and providing relevant records and documentation to meet legislative requirements.

You will need to be able to analyse the nature of food hazards and implement a structured plan for reducing the risk.

This standard is for you if you work in food and drink operations or animal feed operations and your job requires you to have responsibilities for food safety and/or health and safety. You may have responsibilities for managing an operational team.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Develop action plans to control hazards and risks

  1. select the monitoring procedures which provide data at a level of detail and degree of urgency to avoid breaking the critical limits

select records and documentation which meet relevant information and audit trail requirements

  1. allocate roles and responsibilities and specify the level of authority for improvement and management of operations and environmental control of the food safety management procedures

develop procedures for identifying any deviation and disposition of affected product

  1. identify verification and audit procedures at a frequency to demonstrate control is maintained

Provide specifications for controlling hazards and risks

  1. select the types, methods and measurements of control to eliminate or minimise each hazard in accordance with organisational requirements

select suitable monitoring frequency to control hazards and risks in accordance with organisational requirements

  1. specify critical limits and tolerances for each critical control point in accordance with organisational requirements

specify suitable actions for deviations at each critical control point in accordance with organisational requirements

  1. specify timeframes during which corrective actions should take place

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the importance of food safety management and the implications of non-compliance
  2. relevant and current food safety legislation in respect of both product type and working environment
  3. the principles of the implementation of food safety management systems and their application
  4. the nature and type of hazards which may occur in the food chain for each specific product or type of product
  5. the nature, type, severity and implications of food safety hazards arising from each production stage
  6. risk and threat assessment and management techniques relevant to the workplace
  7. methods and types of hazard control
  8. how to identify critical control points and determine critical limits
  9. where and how to access advice and support for hazard analysis
  10. where the relevant safety information relating to products including composition, physical/chemical structure, microcidal/static treatments, packaging durability, storage conditions, method of distribution and intended use by consumer can be found
  11. conditions which influence the presence, severity, extent, frequency or introduction of hazards to food safety
  12. control measures in respect to each hazard and how to specify these
  13. acceptable tolerances for the definition of measurable critical limits such as temperature, time, moisture level, pH
  14. monitoring methods and procedures to guarantee control
  15. types of actions and how to specify these for each control point including the disposition of affected products
  16. relevant methods of verification and audit of food safety
  17. the range and type of records required to complete and auditable documentation of food safety management procedures
  18. who within the organisation is responsible for reporting on levels of compliance
  19. the relevant procedures related to planning and scheduling action
  20. the role of action planning in resolving non-compliance issues
  21. who is responsible for implementing action
  22. how planned action should be recorded
  23. who action needs to reported to
  24. the type of information that needs to be reported to both internal departments and, other organisations


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

28 Feb 2025





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Relevant Occupations

Manufacturing Technologies, Process, Plant and Machine Operatives

SOC Code



Food; manufacture; hygiene; safety; animal; feed; hazards; risks