Carry out sampling of incoming raw material for milling

Business Sectors (Suites): Milling and Cereals
Developed by: Improve
Approved on: 01 Jan 2019


This standard is about the skills and knowledge needed for you to carry out sampling of incoming raw material for milling. You need to follow relevant policies and procedures that apply to your area of work and report on the quality of work activities against specifications. You need to organise work to meet schedules and targets, and make effective use of resources. You also need to identify, record and report any problems affecting the volume of throughput. You will contribute to identifying opportunities for improving food and drink operations. You will identify improvement opportunities by suggesting ideas and contribute to developing an action plan. You will need to understand how to sample raw material on delivery, which can then be milled into another product, such as. flour. You need to know about sampling procedures and the controls in the sampling process, how to prepare products for sampling and obtain a representative sample, how to maintain the integrity of the sample and dispose of samples safely. This standard is for you if you work in food and drink manufacture and/or supply operations and are involved in receiving incoming raw material for milling and your job requires you to understand how sampling of raw material is carried out.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. check that there are sufficient resources available to complete

    sampling within your own area of responsibility

    1. check that sampling equipment is working effectively

    2. carry out sampling in accordance with current legal and regulatory

    requirements for hygiene and environmental standards or


    1. monitor work activities to meet sampling requirements and to

    identify any variances against specifications

    1. complete all relevant sampling checks and report as appropriate

    2. label and identify all samples according to organisational


    1. handle, store and dispose of all sample materials according to

    organisational procedures

    1. report all variances outside of specification to relevant person(s)

    2. identify and report opportunities for improvement of work activities

    to relevant person(s)

    1. identify implications of changes to make sure that the change is


    1. gather information about potential improvements

    2. identify and make positive suggestions about areas for


    1. share your ideas for improvement with the relevant people and

    react positively to feedback you receive

    1. communicate your finalised ideas in sufficient detail to enable

    further action to be agreed

    1. work with others to agree an action plan for putting improvement

    ideas into action

    1. make a positive contribution to putting the plan into action

    2. test and check improvements to find out how effective they are

    before recommending further action

    1. evaluate the effectiveness of improvements that have been


    1. access information from appropriate sources to support your

    report and recommendations

    1. communicate recommendations to relevant people

    2. complete records in accordance with organisational requirements

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. what the purpose of sampling is to the milling process

    1. the workplace methods used to sample milling raw material

    2. what the procedures are for sampling, including maintaining

    sample condition

    1. how to check the sampling equipment is working properly

    2. how to use the sampling equipment

    3. why it is important that samples provide a fair and accurate

    representation of the whole consignment of milling raw material

    1. why it is important to label and identify samples

    2. why it is important to maintain the integrity of samples

    3. how to handle, store and dispose of sample materials

    4. what the appropriate sampling technique is depending on the

    equipment used

    1. what the operational and regulatory requirements are for sampling

    product quality

    1. what the health and safety requirements and procedures for

    sampling are, including the relevant environmental protection and

    any risk to source

    1. what the controls are in the sampling process

    2. how to prepare products for assessment against product


    1. what the reasons for controlled conditions are whilst sampling

    2. what the types of abnormal conditions are that may affect


    1. what the different types of sampling containers are

    2. what documentation and labelling systems are required to ensure



Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Version Number


Indicative Review Date

01 Jan 2024





Originating Organisation


Original URN

impqi105 (skills), impmc103k

Relevant Occupations

Elementary Goods Storage Occupations, Elementary Process Plant Occupations, Food Preparation Trades, Manufacturing Technologies

SOC Code



Food; Drink; Manufacturing; Milling; Health; Safety; Sampling; Labelling