- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- thinking and reasoning skills
- the ability to analyse quality or performance
- the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
- excellent verbal communication skills
- legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- inspecting conditions in slaughterhouses and processing plants
- carrying out quality control checks
- testing samples of raw ingredients and processed products
- analysing and presenting results
- making sure production processes meet hygiene regulations
- training production staff in the importance of safety standards
- checking labelling and packaging
- writing quality reports
- advising companies about making improvements, and issuing warning notices
You may need to wear protective clothing.
You could work at a manufacturing plant, in a factory or in an office.
Your working environment may be noisy and you'll travel often.
With experience you could become a food safety manager, co-ordinating the work of a team of inspectors.
You could also move into environmental health or food science after training.
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You can find out more about careers in food safety from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.