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Food Handling Level 1 

SITXFSA001 Use Hygienic Practices for Food Safety


You need to have some previous experience dealing with food safety but this can be in a restaurant, cafe, sporting club, school canteen, child care aged care centre, simulated environment or volunteering at your local sausage sizzle at the footy club! Our Food Safety course is designed to be as flexible and straight forward as possible!

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SITXFSA001- Use Hygienic Practices for Food Safety

(Previously called SITXFSA101 - Use Hygienic Practices for Food Safety)

Are you working in or would you like to work in Hospitality or Retail handling food? If the answer is ‘Yes’, then this course is for you. You will develop skills and increase employment opportunities with our on-line ‘Food Handlers Certificate’ course.

The unit 'SITXFSA001' Use Hygienic Practices for Food Safety is a Nationally Recognised Unit of Competence.

You will learn how to apply good hygiene practices within a range of service industry operations. You will learn how to follow predetermined procedures, identify and control simple hazards so that customers, colleagues and yourself are not exposed to health risks.

This certificate is also Level 1 of the Food Safety Supervisor qualification.


SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety

Updated and re-categorised to Food Safety.

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use personal hygiene practices to prevent contamination of food that might cause food-borne illnesses. It requires the ability to follow predetermined organisational procedures and to identify and control food hazards.

Application of the Unit

This unit applies to all tourism, hospitality and catering organisations with permanent or temporary kitchen premises or smaller food preparation or bar areas.

This includes restaurants, cafes, clubs, hotels, bars, tour operators, attractions, function, event, exhibition and conference caterers, educational institutions, aged care facilities, correctional centres, hospitals, defence forces, cafeterias, kiosks, canteens, fast food outlets, residential caterers, in flight and other transport caterers.

It applies to food handlers which can be any person who directly handles food or food contact surfaces food such as cutlery, plates and bowls. People at many levels use this skill in the workplace during the course of their daily activities, including cooks, chefs, caterers, kitchen stewards, kitchen hands, bar and food and beverage attendants and sometimes room attendants and front office staff.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

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

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.

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Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency. Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

  1. Follow hygiene procedures and identify food hazards
    1. Follow organisational hygiene procedures
    2. Promptly report unsafe practices that breach hygiene procedures
    3. Identify food hazards that may affect the health and safety of customers, colleagues and self
    4. Remove or minimise the hygiene hazard and report to appropriate person for follow up
  2. Report any personal health issues
    1. Report any personal health issues likely to cause a hygiene risk
    2. Report incidents of food contamination resulting from personal health issues
    3. Cease participation in food handling activities where a health issue may cause food contamination
  3. Prevent food contamination
    1. Maintain clean clothes, wear required personal protective clothing and only use organisation-approved bandages and dressings
    2. Prevent food contamination from clothing and other items worn
    3. Prevent unnecessary direct contact with ready to eat food
    4. Avoid unhygienic personal contact with food or food contact surfaces
    5. Avoid unhygienic cleaning practices that may cause food-borne illnesses
  4. Prevent cross contamination by washing hands
    1. Wash hands at appropriate times and follow hand washing procedures consistently
    2. Wash hands using appropriate facilities

Required Skills and Knowledge

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills

  • communication skills to verbally report hygiene hazards and poor organisational practice
  • literacy skills to comprehend workplace documents or diagrams that interpret the content of:
  • organisational food safety program
  • hygiene and food safety procedures
  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) practices
  • problem-solving skills to identify and report hygiene hazards

Required knowledge

  • basic aspects of national, state or territory food safety laws, standards and codes. This would include:
  • meaning of contaminant, contamination and potentially hazardous foods as defined by the Code
  • hygiene actions that must be adhered to by businesses to avoid food-borne illnesses
  • employee responsibility to participate in hygienic practices
  • reasons for food safety programs and what they must contain
  • role of local government regulators
  • ramifications of failure to observe food safety law and organisational policies and procedures
  • basic aspects of HACCP method of controlling food safety
  • for the specific industry sector and organisation:
  • major causes of food contamination and food-borne illnesses
  • sources and effects of microbiological contamination of food
  • workplace hygiene hazards when handling food and food contact surfaces
  • basic content of organisational food safety program
  • the contents of hygiene and food safety procedures
  • hygienic work practices for individual job roles and responsibilities

Evidence Guide

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit Evidence of the ability to:

  • integrate the use of predetermined hygiene procedures and food safety practices within day-to-day food handling work functions
  • integrate, into daily work activities, knowledge of the basic aspects of food safety standards and codes and the ramifications of disregarding this

Context of and specific resources for assessment Assessment must ensure use of:

  • an operational commercial food preparation area, bar or kitchen with the fixtures, large and small equipment and workplace documentation defined in the Assessment Guidelines; this can be a:
  • real industry workplace
  • simulated industry environment such as a training kitchen servicing customers
  • food ingredients and ready to eat food items
  • current plain English regulatory documents distributed by the national, state, territory or local government food safety authority
  • current commercial food safety programs, policies and procedures used for the management of food safety

Method of assessment A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • direct observation of the candidate using hygienic work practices during an integrated assessment of operative functions, such as cleaning and tidying bars, cooking at a camp site, preparing meals in a commercial kitchen, storing unused foodstuffs
  • use of problem-solving exercises so the individual can respond to a range of situations where food hazards exist
  • written or oral questioning to assess knowledge of the content of hygiene procedures and food safety standards and codes
  • review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on the job performance by the individual

Guidance information for assessment The assessor should design integrated assessment activities to holistically assess this unit with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role, for example:

  • SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices
  • SITXFSA202 Transport and store food
  • any commercial cookery, commercial catering, patisserie, Asian cookery or food and beverage unit involving food preparation.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Hygiene procedures:

  • cleaning and sanitising practices to avoid contamination of food
  • food storage
  • handling and disposal of garbage
  • personal hygiene
  • regular hand washing
  • safe and hygienic handling of food and beverages
  • safe handling and disposal of linen and laundry
  • suitable dress and personal protective equipment and clothing
  • use of cleaning equipment, clothes and materials to avoid contamination of food
  • may be:
  • covered by staff training programs
  • documented in the organisational food safety program
  • required by the national food safety code

Unsafe practices may include:

  • being asked to participate in unhygienic work practices
  • food handling practices that may result in the contamination of food
  • ignoring the direction of:
  • hygiene signage
  • required hygiene signage
  • training in hygiene procedures
  • outdated practices not in keeping with current organisational procedures
  • poor personal hygiene and cleaning practices that may result in cross contamination of food and other items
  • practices inconsistent with organisational food safety program
  • seeing others using unhygienic work practices
  • use of broken or malfunctioning equipment

Food hazards may include:

  • airborne dust
  • colleagues without appropriate training or understanding of good hygiene practices, policies and procedures
  • contaminated food
  • contaminated garbage
  • dirty equipment and utensils
  • equipment not working correctly, such as fridge and temperature probes
  • items, such as linen, tea towels and towels that may be contaminated with human waste, such as blood and body secretions
  • use of practices not in keeping with current organisational activities
  • vermin

Health issues may relate to:

  • airborne diseases
  • food borne diseases
  • infectious diseases

Other items worn may include:

  • bandages
  • hair accessories
  • jewellery
  • watches

Unhygienic personal contact may involve:

  • transferring micro-organisms by:
  • blowing nose
  • coughing
  • drinking
  • eating
  • scratching skin and hair
  • sneezing
  • spitting
  • touching wounds
  • transmitting tobacco products by smoking

Food contact surfaces may include:

  • chopping boards
  • containers
  • cooking utensils
  • crockery
  • cutlery
  • glassware
  • pots and pans
  • sinks
  • workbenches

Unhygienic cleaning practices may involve:

  • cleaning food contact surfaces with linen, tea towels and towels that may be contaminated with human waste
  • blood
  • body secretions
  • faeces
  • cleaning cloths
  • tea towels
  • spreading bacteria from bathroom or bedroom areas to mini-bar or kitchen areas in an accommodation facility

Wash hands at appropriate times might include:

  • before commencing or recommencing work with food
  • handling raw food
  • smoking, coughing, sneezing, blowing the nose, eating, drinking, and touching the hair, scalp or any wound
  • using the toilet

Appropriate facilities for hand washing may include:

  • designated hand washing sink
  • liquid soap
  • single use towels
  • warm running water


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