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Hygiene specialist



K1: Relevant national and international industry legislation and codes of practice, including Health and Safety at Work Act, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), employment, product, chemical and environmental legislation Back to Duty

K2: Hygiene methodology considering materials of construction (premises and equipment), types of contamination, environment and water chemistry Back to Duty

K3: Chemical hygiene practices: the science of chemicals and the impact of the selection of chemicals Back to Duty

K4: Alternative hygiene practices e.g. the use of ozone, steam, carbon dioxide Back to Duty

K5: Hygienic design principles of premises and equipment Back to Duty

K6: Hazard control associated with the hygiene process, e.g. allergens, microbiological, chemical, physical and speciation Back to Duty

K7: Design of effective hygiene management systems, including method statements, risk assessments, safe systems of work Back to Duty

K8: How to plan and organise resources, e.g. people, timescales, equipment, materials, costs Back to Duty

K9: Pest control – knowledge of types of pests, controls, prevention and pest control documentation Back to Duty

K10: Contract management – management of costs, overview of contracts, specifications, service level agreements Back to Duty

K11: People management – selecting, leading, managing, coaching, developing Back to Duty

K12: Types and application of environmental sampling e.g. adenosine triphosphate (ATP), swabs, air sampling Back to Duty

K13: Validation, verification and monitoring techniques of hygiene processes Back to Duty

K14: How to deal appropriately with incidents and accidents including disaster recovery and critical incidents. Back to Duty

K15: Effluent treatment, drainage and discharge – volume, concentration, chemical composition Back to Duty

K16: The principles of project management Back to Duty

K17: The principles and tools of continuous improvement, including LEAN, 8 Wastes, Kaizen, 5S, Six Sigma, route cause analysis Back to Duty

K18: The principles of auditing practice Back to Duty

K19: Management information systems, the systems utilised by the organisation – how to analyse data and identify trends Back to Duty

K20: How to sustainably manage and reduce waste Back to Duty

K21: Budget management tools and techniques Back to Duty


S1: Comply with relevant industry legislation, permits, codes of practice and safe working practices Back to Duty

S2: Select and apply the most appropriate and effective hygiene methodology Back to Duty

S3: Contribute to the design of new, and the modification of, existing premises and equipment Back to Duty

S4: Contribute to the identification and implementation of controls to minimise the risk of hazards Back to Duty

S5: Create and maintain a hygiene management system including hygiene related documentation, method statements, risk assessments, safe systems of work Back to Duty

S6: Plan, organise, prioritise time and resources effectively to maintain organisational hygiene standards Back to Duty

S7: Manage an integrated pest management system Back to Duty

S8: Review and manage contracts, costs, specifications, service level agreements and appropriate supplier controls; assess supplier, contractor and vendor performance Back to Duty

S9: Lead, manage and develop individuals and cross-functional teams Back to Duty

S10: Select and carry out the most appropriate sampling methodology Back to Duty

S11: Implement validation, verification and monitoring activities to evaluate the effectiveness of organisational hygiene standards Back to Duty

S12: Deal appropriately with incidents and accidents and suggest recommendations to prevent reoccurence Back to Duty

S13: Use project management tools to deliver projects to time, cost, specification and quality Back to Duty

S14: Contribute and lead hygiene continuous improvement activities. Back to Duty

S15: Establish and implement the audit schedule in relation to hygiene activities to ensure compliance with legal, industry and customer standards; conduct internal and external audits across functions Back to Duty

S16: Analyse and evaluate information and data to make informed decisions and present solutions; create and formulate spreadsheets and graphs, electronic filing systems, presentations, reports; utilising electronic communications Back to Duty

S17: Manage the waste streams and identify methods of waste reduction Back to Duty

S18: Agree and manage hygiene budgets; monitor forecasts versus actual costs Back to Duty


B1: Positive attitude: accepts responsibility, is proactive and plans work, tenacious in approach, committed to equality and diversity, and demonstrates a safety mind-set Back to Duty

B2: Drive for results: Proactively seeks and acts on feedback. Continuous drive for change and encourages others to deliver results across functional areas capturing and standardising best practice Back to Duty

B3: Team-working: Awareness of own and others’ working styles and collaborates with others to achieve results. Back to Duty

B4: Inspirational: Leads by example, acts with integrity, builds trust and demonstrates respect for others Back to Duty

B5: Communicates effectively: Adapts style to suit audience and situation, influences and persuades key stakeholders Back to Duty

B6: Managing Change: Resilient and adaptable when dealing with challenge and change, maintaining focus and self-control, flexible to changing work environment and demands Back to Duty

B7: Innovation: Challenges the status quo to foster new ways of thinking and working and resolve problems; seeks out opportunities to drive forward change and improvements for the business Back to Duty

B8: Company/industry perspective: knowledge of company and industry, acts as an ambassador both internally and externally Back to Duty

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