The food industry offers a lot of opportunity for career advancement, given the right mindset and with the appropriate training, an employee can rise to a managerial or proprietary position by investing in, and upskilling, their hospitality career.
One step towards this goal is taking on the Food Safety Supervisor QLD (FSS) qualification through the FSS training course and certification. The FSS role is a requirement for all food businesses, which means that all food businesses that intend to operate within Queensland are obligated to hire or train appointed personnel in FSS.
The training for FSS can be accessed through approved Registered Training Organisations, also known as RTOs. RTOs that offer the Food Safety Supervisor course have different options of course delivery, such as face-to-face and online classes. The FSS training course has a prescribed completion period, during which the student must complete the training to qualify for certification. If a student passes their assessments, they will be issued a copy of their certificate via email.
The FSS role involves many responsibilities. The Food Act 2006 established in Queensland states the regulations by which food businesses must adhere, and it is the FSS’s responsibility to make sure that the food business operates in line with these regulations.
Below are a few of the obligations that an FSS is responsible for.
Implement procedures for food safety
The Food Safety Supervisor bears the responsibility of not only creating procedures that ensure food safety and hygiene but also enforcing these procedures among staff and personnel. This means that the Food Safety Supervisor may be given authority by the business manager or proprietor to conduct staff training on how to appropriately prepare or serve food safely.
The Food Safety Supervisor also has the responsibility of implementing procedures as deemed fit for the food business, and to adjust these procedures to suit food safety and food hygiene better.
Ensure that employees and staff follow all food safety policies and procedures correctly
The Food Safety Supervisor must set the standards for a food business regarding food safety and food hygiene, and so should represent the role appropriately by following the processes and procedures correctly. The Food Safety Supervisor should be able to conduct spot checks or inspections of employee and staff adherence to the food safety policies and procedures.
It is critical to note that this particular responsibility of a Food Safety Supervisor is crucial, as a food business can be legally liable for damages if it can be proved that a food business has been negligent with its food safety and hygiene. The Food Safety Supervisor must exercise due diligence with regard to inspections for the protection of both the food business and its customers.
Control food hazards at critical control points.
The Food Safety Supervisor should be able to identify critical control points in the food preparation or service processes, and assess whether or not these control points present potential hazards or risks for food safety. The Food Safety Supervisor must also be able to implement controls or actions that will minimise or resolve these identified hazards or risks – immediately if deemed necessary.
Enroll in the online Food Safety Supervisor training course today. CTA Training Specialists – previously known as Club Training Australia – offers quality training in FSS, and also delivers the training face-to-face. Call them today on 07 3878 7291 to discuss private group food safety training courses.
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