Conduct internal food safety audits

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Unit Information about the HLTFSE008 training material in this resource


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan and conduct a food safety audit and to report and follow up audit outcomes.

This unit applies to any worker involved in internal auditing against the current food safety standards. At this level, workers would be required to exercise judgement within clearly defined guidelines.

Unit mapping information

No equivalent unit.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Foundation skills

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Unit sector or competency field

None specified.

Prerequisite, co-requisite or interdependent assessment of units

Not applicable

Assessment conditions

Skills must have been demonstrated in a workplace or a simulated environment that reflects workplace conditions. The following conditions must be met for this unit:

  • use of suitable facilities equipment and resources, including a real food business within the health or community services sectors where food safety hazards are identified and controlled by a food safety program

  • modelling of industry operating conditions

Assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015/AQTF mandatory competency requirements for assessors.

In addition, the person assessing this unit of competency must be a competent and approved food safety auditor, as defined by food safety legislation.