Know Your Food Business: Food Handling Skills And Knowledge

Food Safety SupervisorTo assist food businesses in meeting the requirements of the Food Act 2006, Food Safety Supervisors can create checklists to monitor their compliance with food standards.

While food handlers are not required to undertake formal training courses, under Food Safety Standard 3.2.2, food handlers must have the skills and knowledge of food safety and food hygiene that are related to the tasks they undertake at the food business.

While food handlers are not required to undertake formal training courses, under Food Safety Standard 3.2.2, food handlers must have the skills and knowledge of food safety and food hygiene that are related to the tasks they undertake at the food business.

  1. Does the food business raise funds solely for community or charitable causes and not for personal financial gain?

  2. Do you handle food which is not potentially hazardous (see table below) or food which is consumed immediately after cooking (e.g. sausage sizzle)?

If you answered yes to Question 1 and Question 2, you are exempt from the skills and knowledge requirement.

3. Do all people supervising or undertaking food handling have the skills and knowledge in food safety and hygiene on matters relevant to their food handling activities?

How to get ‘skills and knowledge’ 

‘In-house’ training, by the Food Safety Supervisors for the food business

  • Providing staff with accurate food safety and food hygiene information for them to read

  • Operating rules that set out the responsibilities of food handlers and their supervisors

  • Sending staff to food safety courses run by reputable organisations such as Club Training Australia

  • Hiring a qualified food safety consultant to run a course for the staff of the business

  • Recruiting staff with formal industry-based training qualifications.

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