Handle food safely in a retail environment

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Unit Information about the SIRRFSA001 training material in this resource


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to handle food safely in the retail environment following organisational food safety procedures and relevant legislation and standard procedures.

It applies to individuals working in roles that involve the handling of food. They operate with some independence under general supervision and guidance from others, and within established organisational policies and procedures and relevant legislative requirements.

Food handlers must comply with the requirements contained within the Australia New Zealand Food Standards (ANZFS) Code (the Code).

Unit mapping information

No equivalent unit.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements

The legislative requirement for a business to comply with the national standard for food safety practices, along with training and certification requirements, differ between State and Territory Governments. Those developing training to support this unit must consult the relevant state or territory food safety authority to determine any accreditation arrangements for courses, trainers and assessors.

In some states and territories businesses are required to designate a food safety supervisor who is required to be certified as competent in this unit through a registered training organisation.

Foundation skills

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

Unit sector or competency field

Retail—Food Safety

Prerequisite, co-requisite or interdependent assessment of units

Not applicable

Assessment conditions

Skills must be demonstrated in a retail environment. This can be:

  • an industry workplace

  • a simulated industry environment

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • relevant documentation:

    • current plain English regulatory documents distributed by government regulators outlining key aspects Commonwealth, state or territory and local food safety compliance requirements as relevant to job role

    • organisational food safety program

    • organisational policies and procedures for food safety and hygiene and sanitation practices

    • hazard control measures

    • food safety incident report

    • cleaning and maintenance schedules and safety data sheets for cleaning and sterilising products

  • personal protective clothing and equipment:

    • aprons and outerwear

    • food handling gloves

    • correct head and footwear

  • cleaning and sanitation materials and chemicals

  • a range a food products

  • food handling implements

  • food storage and display equipment

Assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations’ requirements for assessors.