Apply Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) in food and drink operations
This standard is about the skills and knowledge needed for you to apply failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) to support your organisation's drive to improve food and drink operations. This is important in increasing productivity and success of manufacture, processing and supply within the food and drink supply chain. Understanding FMEA is important to an improvement strategy and in a performance driven culture.
You will need to show and understand how to prepare for and carry out a FMEA analysis within your area of responsibility. Co-ordinate and record the information gathered in an appropriate format, and make judgements about the activity using FEMA principles. You will need to understand how to apply the principles and processes of FMEA and how to determine the key features of FMEA required for the activity under investigation. Risk priority numbers (RPN) will need to be calculated as part of the process. You will need to comply with your company policy for improvement and quality assurance procedures, take responsibility for your actions, and refer any issues outside of the limit of your authority to others.
This standard is for you if your role requires you to apply failure modes and effect analysis for improvement in food and drink operations including manufacturing, processing, packing or supply chain activities. You may have responsibilities for aspects of organisational improvement in a team leadership or management role.
You must be able to:
Knowledge and Understanding
You need to know and understand:
- the organisation's improvement vision, strategy, objectives and the reasons for implementation of improvement programmes
- the health, safety and hygiene requirements of the area in which you are conducting the failure modes and effects analysis
- the requirements of a failure modes and effects analysis
- the team required to construct and update the failure modes and effects analysis
- how and where to use System FMEA, Concept FMEA, Design FMEA and Process FMEA
- the meaning of failure mode, failure effect and failure cause
- how to use the rating scale in failure modes and effects analysis projects, to include the severity rating scale, the occurrence rating scale and the detection rating scale
- how to calculate a risk priority number (RPN)
- how to use the risk priority numbers
- structured risk reduction
- when to start a failure modes and effects analysis
- when to update a failure modes and effects analysis
- the failure modes and effects analysis team
- the extent of your own authority within the improvement project, and to whom you should report in the event of problems that you cannot resolve