A building where food safety team leaders are trained for FSSC 2200

Cynthia Weber

Director of Food Safety Training and Curriculum

Food Safety Team Leaders

Dec 5, 2007

The different standards have different titles for the lead role in the implementation team and management system. For SQF you will have an SQF Practitioner, for BRC a HACCP Team Leader and for FSSC 22000 you will need Food Safety Team Leaders. The roles are similar, all have responsibilities for leading the implementation, for maintaining the effectiveness of the system and leading a HACCP or Food Safety Team.

Responsibilities of Each Role:

  • SQF Practitioner: Ensures compliance with SQF standards, oversees the development and implementation of the food safety plan, and conducts regular audits to maintain the system’s integrity.
  • HACCP Team Leader: Leads the HACCP team, identifies potential food safety hazards, implements control measures, and verifies the effectiveness of these measures through ongoing monitoring and audits.
  • Food Safety Team Leader (FSSC 22000): Manages the food safety team, ensures adherence to FSSC 22000 standards, and maintains a comprehensive food safety management system that includes hazard analysis, control measures, and regular assessments.

Importance of Training:

It is crucial for the leader and team to receive the required training. Management and employees must understand the certification’s significance and their roles in complying with system requirements. Proper training ensures that all team members are well-equipped to handle their responsibilities and contribute to the overall success of the food safety management system.

Training Program Components:

  • Team Leader Training: Focused on SQF Practitioner, HACCP Team Leader, or Food Safety Team Leaders, ensuring they are equipped to lead and maintain the food safety system. Training includes understanding the specific standards, developing and implementing food safety plans, and conducting internal audits.
  • Team Training: Ensuring the HACCP Team or Food Safety Team understands their specific responsibilities and tasks within the system. This includes hazard identification, control measures, and verification processes.
  • Management Training: Educating management on the importance of certification, system requirements, and their role in supporting compliance efforts. This training emphasizes the need for leadership support and resource allocation to maintain the food safety system.
  • Employee Training: Informing all employees about the certification process, their role in maintaining food safety standards, and how they can contribute to the system’s success. Training focuses on daily practices, hygiene, and reporting procedures.
  • Internal Auditors Training: Training internal auditors to effectively assess and ensure the ongoing compliance and effectiveness of the food safety system. This includes understanding audit techniques, identifying non-conformities, and implementing corrective actions.

A well-structured training program ensures that everyone involved understands their responsibilities, leading to a robust and effective food safety management system. Regular training updates and refreshers are essential to keep the team informed about any changes in standards or regulations, ensuring continuous improvement and compliance.


Cynthia Weber

Director of Food Safety Training and Curriculum

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