Shut down multi-stage operations in food and drink operations

Business Sectors (Suites): Production and Control Operations in Food Manufacture
Developed by: Improve
Approved on: 30 Mar 2023


This standard covers the skills and knowledge needed for you to shut down multi-stage operations in food and drink operations and the associated supply chain.

This standard is about the important activities of shutting down multistage manufacturing operations in the production, processing and packaging of food and drink products. You must know how and be able to prepare and shut down multi-stage operations. Complying with and understanding health and safety, food safety, environmental and organisational requirements are essential features of this standard.

This standard is for you if you work in food and drink manufacture and/or supply operations and are involved in the shut down of multi-stage operations in food and drink operations.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

1. work in accordance with hygiene, health and safety and environmental procedures

2. maintain effective spoken and written communication with your managers and colleagues                  
3. check that plant shut down times and durations optimise efficiency
4. prepare to shut down in accordance with organisational procedures
5. shut down designated plant, equipment and associated services in accordance with procedures
6. deal with residual materials in a manner which optimises their future use
7. check that plant and equipment are safe, secure and fit for purpose so that operations can continue when necessary
8. evaluate shut down procedures for effectiveness
9. recommend improvements to procedures to the relevant people
10. complete the necessary documentation in accordance with organisational requirements

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

1. to what the standards of health and safety and hygiene that you are required to work to are and why it is important that you do so

2. what the limits of your own authority and competence are and why it is important to work within them

3. what the lines and methods of effective communication are and why it is important to use them

4. what the documentation requirements are and why it is important to meet them

5. what the correct procedures for dealing with residual materials are and why it is important to follow them

6. what happens after shut down and the ways in which this influences actions

7. what the correct procedures for shut down are and why it is important to follow them

8. how factory digitisation supports the production process


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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2028





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Relevant Occupations

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

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Food; drink; manufacturing; operations; multi-stage; shut down