NSW Food Safety Supervisor course
In April 2011, new FSS requirements were introduced with food businesses in NSW required to appoint at least one person in their business to be the Food Safety Supervisor. Since then, thousands of individuals have been trained and currently hold the Food Safety Supervisor certificate for food businesses across NSW. With this said, there are still thousands more yet to comply with the Food Safety Supervisor requirements.
The NSW Food Authority have published the “Guideline to Food Safety Supervisor Requirements”, outlining all of the details.
This publication is available on their website http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/_Documents/industry_pdf/fss_guidelines.pdf
Breaking down the information, here are the key points you must know and need to consider to ensure you are complying with the FSSrequirements.
(Please note: direct quotes have been taken from the publication)
“Food laws in NSW require certain food businesses in the hospitality and retail food service sector to appoint at least one trained Food Safety Supervisor (FSS). These requirements help safeguard NSW consumers from food borne illness.”
Who are the “certain food businesses”?
The certain food businesses that must comply with the FSS requirements are those businesses “processing and selling food at retail level that is ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous and not sold and served in the supplier’s original package”. These businesses include:
- Supermarket hot food sales
- Take-away shops
- Mobile Caterers
- Mobile food vendors
- Temporary premises
Why is a Food Safety Supervisor important?
“Appointing a Food Safety Supervisor adds an onsite level of protection for day-to-day food safety. People who complete FSS training will hold a nationally recognised qualification stating they have skills and knowledge to handle food safely.”
Who can be a Food Safety Supervisor?
“A FSS has ‘authority’ if they hold a position that gives them the power to instruct and supervise others within the food business. The Food Safety Supervisor is nominated by the owner of a food business and may be the business owner, manager, employee (e.g. chef) or an external contractor (e.g. a person contracted to perform food service operations as part of a food business), provided they meet the criteria. For a small business, it may be most appropriate for the business owner to be the FSS.”
What are the training requirements?
Appointed Food Safety Supervisors must complete the Food Safety Supervisor course with an approved Registered Training Organisation in NSW. Food Safety Supervisors must complete two hospitality units of competency (Use hygienic practices for food safety SITXFSA001 & Participate in safe food handling practices SITXFSA002) or one retail unit of competency (Apply retail food safety practices SIRRFSA001A). The type of unit(s) of competency completed is dependent on the type of food business.
Training can be completed online or face to face with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). online training is self-paced. The cost of training is set by the individual RTOs and varies depending on the course format
Who must be notified?
“After appointing a Food Safety Supervisor, businesses have seven days to notify of the appointment. The business owner must notify the relevant enforcement agency with the details of their FSS either online at the Authority’s website www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au, or via a paper-based notification form that must be submitted to the local council. Paper-based forms are available from the local council.
Food Safety Supervisor notification is separate to food business notification as only certain food businesses in the hospitality and retail food service sector need to have a FSS. As local councils regularly inspect these businesses, FSS notification will usually be made to the local council via a paper-based notification form.”
How can your food business comply with the FSS requirements?
Here are the steps:
- Determine whether your business needs a FSS
- Choose who is to be the FSS for your business
- Obtain the required units of competency
- Notify the relevant enforcement agency
- Refresh training after five years
Is your business complying with the FSS requirements?
If not, then it’s time to appoint a FSS and enrol into the Food Safety Supervisor course. Australian Training Solutions provides FSS training in NSW in two formats:either online or private face to face course. For a private course please contact our office.
Australian Training Solutions
To enrol, visit www.australiantrainingsolutions.com.au and select the NSW Food Safety Supervisor course . Alternatively, call the office on 1300 541 773