Use hygienic practices for food safety

This unit is an accredited training resource consistent with the Nationally Recognised Training requirements for Vocational Education and Training (VET) and is ideal for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in Australia. It consists of Learning Resource Material (instructional theory), an Assessment Workbook, and information about assessment mapping to the Performance Criteria, Knowledge Evidence, and Performance Evidence requirements of this accredited unit.

Our SITXFSA005 training product is available for purchase as a hardcopy (printed) book in both Learner Guide and Trainer/Assessor Guide variants. This unit is available for enrolment and online training/assessment via Catapult LMS (Learning Management System). NOTE: If you are a training provider, please do your own validation, in accordance with your Training and Assessment Strategy (TAS).

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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.

The unit applies to all organisations with permanent or temporary kitchen premises or smaller food preparation or bar areas.

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

It applies to food handlers who directly handle food or food contact surfaces such as cutlery, plates and bowls during the course of their daily work activities. This includes cooks, chefs, caterers, kitchen stewards, kitchen hands, bar, and food and beverage attendants, and sometimes room attendants and front office staff.

Food handlers must comply with the requirements contained within the Australia New Zealand Food Standards 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.

Unit mapping information

Supersedes and is equivalent to SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements

Food safety legislative and knowledge requirements may differ across borders. 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.

Foundation skills

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

Unit sector or competency field

Cross-Sector—Food Safety

Prerequisite, co-requisite or interdependent assessment of units


Assessment conditions

Skills must be demonstrated in an operational food preparation or service environment. This can be:

  • an industry workplace; or
  • an industry-realistic simulated environment

Assessment must ensure access to all fixtures and equipment required in the specific industry environment.

This includes:

  • food handler gloves
  • receptacles for storage and display purposes
  • serving utensils
  • appropriate changing facilities
  • personal protective equipment relevant to job role
  • appropriate facilities for handwashing:
    • designated hand washing sink
    • antiseptic liquid soap
    • single use towels
    • warm running water
  • first aid kit
  • ready to eat food items
  • current plain English regulatory documents distributed by the commonwealth, state, territory or local government food safety authority
  • Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code
  • current organisational hygiene and food safety policies and procedures

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

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