Develop policy and guidelines to manage food safety in food and drink operations

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


This standard is about the skills and knowledge required to develop policy and guidelines to implement proactive food safety management procedures.

You will need to be able to review current working practices and assess their strengths and weaknesses in their ability to support the food safety management system.

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 managing food safety. You may have management responsibilities for an operational team.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Develop food safety policy and guidelines

  1. review existing policies and guidelines to identify suitability against statutory requirements and industry best practice

align organisational policy and guidelines to relevant statutory requirements and legislation

  1. provide alignment between hazard analysis, operational practice, supplier assurance and sector best practice

include specific terms of reference, definitions and objectives in respect of food safety management in policy and guidelines

Communicate across teams

  1. identify suitable methods and opportunities for briefing senior management and technical personnel

present revised policies and procedures to senior management and technical personnel

  1. define and inform others of the senior management commitment to, and importance of, food safety management in the organisation

respond to questions and comments related to challenges that may ariseĀ  through the implementation of new policies and procedures

  1. provide ongoing guidance for the formation of food safety management teams including roles, responsibilities, skills and levels of authority

Evaluate the introduction of new food safety policies and procedures

  1. implement regular review processes for continuous improvement of policies and procedures

incorporate processes to gather feedback of existing and new food safety management procedures

  1. report on suitability of current procedures to senior management and relevant personnel

make recommendations for changes that need to be made

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. relevant current legislation and statutory requirements for organisation's sector and product type
  2. how and where to access supporting information and expert advice
  3. the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to preparation of guidelines and systems
  4. the importance of a systematic approach to food safety management for the organisation
  5. factors which impact on the safety of products from supply of raw materials to end consumer
  6. the role of hygiene procedures within food safety management and associated directives
  7. best practice within the relevant industry/sector and its application in context
  8. key principles and components of hazard analysis systems including critical control points and critical limits
  9. how to conduct hazard analysis and risk assessment
  10. the roles and responsibilities of individuals in food safety management teams
  11. the minimum training provision requirements for staff relating to food safety
  12. relevant evaluation procedures and best practice for verification and compliance of food safety procedures
  13. risks to public health, their nature and severity
  14. the importance of processes for continuous improvement
  15. how proposals for continuous improvement can be incorporated into revised policies and practice


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

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Food; manufacture; hygiene; safety; animal; feed; guidelines