Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your questions with the Australian Institute of Food Safety's Frequently Asked Questions section.

FAQ: How many Food Safety Supervisors do I need for my business?

As a general rule, only one Food Safety Supervisor is needed for each food premises. However, because food businesses often operate long hours or shift work, they’re often advised to employ more than one.

A key legal requirement of a Food Safety Supervisor is that they’re reasonably available at all times. This is to make sure that they’re able to:

  • Dispense food safety advice
  • Monitor and prevent hazards in the workplace
  • Supervise food handling staff, and
  • Deal with food safety emergencies and unexpected health inspections

Although this doesn’t mean that the Food Safety Supervisor needs to be on the business premises 24/7, they should be contactable during all hours of business operation.

For more information on the number of Food Safety Supervisors, your business will need, please visit our dedicated article