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SSAIB Join Forces with Other Certification Bodies to Fight Against Rogue Labour

SSAIB Join Forces with Other Certification Bodies to Fight Against Rogue Labour

Buyers who are serious about protecting the public and rooting out rogue elements in their security provision - at a time when events are restarting in earnest after over a year of lockdowns – should ask their security companies to evidence their approval to the Code of Practice for the ‘Provision of Labour in the Security and Events Sectors’.

Mindful to maximise the benefit industry-wide and in the interest of all security providers and event organisers - and the public attending those events - certification bodies operating in this sector and appointed by the SIA have come together to offer a Labour Provision scope of approval to their approved companies, protecting the public from rogue security workers, and security workers from risk of exploitation.

SSAIB, NSI and ACM-CCAS share the view that the widest adoption of this Code of Practice for labour provision will best serve the public to good effect in deterring rogue labour deployment.

Anyone involved in the delivery of security services – particularly in the events sector – will know the industry is immensely flexible in managing licensed security officer resources to accommodate its clients.

It does this through two key proven methods a) Subcontracting and b) Labour Provision.

The fundamental distinction between the two is often misunderstood or not even recognised by buyers. The second – Labour Provision - falls outside the scope of ACS (Approved Contractor Scheme), even for ACS approved companies - and therein lies the loophole and the risk. A risk particularly in the events sector where their security may unwittingly be being compromised by the deployment of untrained, underpaid, unlicensed, non-security screened or worse – terrorism-motivated individuals.

The risk is compounded by less scrupulous operators undercutting the professional industry in labour provision at rates that strongly suggest immoral and, in some case, illegal employment practices. Social media posts evidencing this are not hard to find.

The over 800 security companies who maintain ACS approval granted by the Security Industry Authority are mindful that ACS signals to buyers a degree of professionalism and competence they rely on. Yet as with all approval schemes the devil is in the detail, and in the case of ACS whilst robust in its assessment process, its reach is limited to Contractors themselves, and not their labour providers. Therein lies the ‘loophole.’

Identifying this as a growing concern over the last few years, and one which many in the sector recognise, a Code of Practice has been developed which has enabled approved companies to specify approval to the Code as a requirement within their labour supply chain.   NSI has also proposed the Code be adopted by BSI in a new industry standard.

Now, any company operating as a labour provider can apply for approval to this scope and will be audited annually against the requirements which include such checks as: PAYE being operated for all staff, National Minimum or Living Wages is being paid, holiday pay and pension being provided, Identity and Right to Work checks, screening to BS 7858 and ongoing SIA licensing checks.

The three assessing bodies will be requiring all approved companies to use only labour providers approved to the Code of Practice or actively audit them to the requirements of the Code – and evidence it – as part of their own ongoing approval.

Posted: 24/09/2021 more >

Call for SSAIB Firms to Submit Nominations for UK OSPAs

Call for SSAIB Firms to Submit Nominations for UK OSPAs

Entry to the UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) is open through to October 4, 2021 and SSAIB are encouraging SSAIB-certified firms to consider entering.

The OSPAs provide the opportunity to highlight the best companies, people and projects that have made a significant contribution in safeguarding communities.

As well as providing the opportunity to say thank you to those in frontline security roles who have demonstrated innovation, flexibility, dedication, and resourcefulness in responding to changing - and sometimes challenging - situations.

Entries are free to submit – ahead of the October 4 deadline - and nominations are invited in 16 categories.

Nominations will be scored by an independent panel of judges - including SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael - all of whom have been chosen by supporting associations and special interest groups to represent them. The process is strict and robust ensuring that all entries have a fair and equal chance of success.

Winners will be revealed at a black-tie dinner to take place on February 24, 2022 at the Royal Lancaster London.

The last 18 months have seen both challenges and opportunities for the security industry – as security providers have stepped up to the mark to carry out tasks that would not normally have been expected of them.

Entering the OSPAs provides the opportunity to showcase the exceptional work that is taking place and - as a supporting association – SSAIB urge you all to submit at least one nomination, be it a company, team or individual who has demonstrated outstanding performance.

Posted: 15/09/2021 more >

SSAIB-Certified Tindall Security First Firm to Achieve Secured By Design Accreditation

SSAIB-Certified Tindall Security First Firm to Achieve Secured By Design Accreditation

SSAIB-certified firm Tindall Security have become the first alarm installation company to be accredited by Secured by Design (SBD), the official Police security initiative.

Following increasing industry interest, Secured by Design launched an alarm standard for alarm installation companies which incorporates existing criteria whilst building on police and industry knowledge. The new enhanced alarm standard will ensure a high-quality alarm system, reduce false calls and give customers enhanced levels of reassurance that an alarm installation company meets the exacting standards of the Police Service.

Tindall Security offers tailored services to suit individual preferences and needs, from simple domestic burglar alarms to more sophisticated commercial protection and security solutions. Their in-house expert design team can design and install the latest high-quality technology for the best protection system to homes and businesses.

The company’s services include a diverse range of security networks – such as CCTV systems, fire alarms, SMART integration and video doorbell systems – with the company being SSAIB-certified for all aspects of the Security Systems scheme. All of Tindall Security’s systems are also carefully designed to meet customers’ specifications, however detailed.

David Pomfrett of Tindall Security revealed: “We’re thrilled to be the first company afforded the Secured by Design accreditation for alarm installation in the country. We work to provide people with peace of mind, and being an official Police initiative, this will go a long way to reassure our customers.”

SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael commented: “We would like to congratulate SSAIB-registered firm Tindall Security for being the first company in the UK to achieve SBD alarm installation certification.

“One of the many benefits of third-party certification is that it allows companies to display their conformity to the relevant British and European Standards, while this new standard also permits them to further enhance their credentials – and their standing within the industry – by being named as a Police Preferred Specification alarm installer as well.”

Ken Meanwell of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives added: “I am absolutely delighted that Tindall Security have become the first accredited SBD alarm installation company – as it has never been more important for consumers to rely on professional companies to deliver high quality alarm systems and services.

“Compliant alarm systems and reputable installation companies are essential to ensure that you will get the appropriate response to an alarm activation. If the system is not compliant [then] there will not be an immediate Police response, something which could be vital if someone is in immediate danger or property is being stolen.”

The new SBD alarm standard is not a replacement for the National Police Chiefs’ Council Security Systems Policy (NPCC SSP) or an alternative for certification by one of the UKAS-accredited certification bodies, such as SSAIB. However, installers meeting the SBD alarm standard now have the option of joining this SBD scheme, following an assessment from their respective Alarm Inspectorate body, enabling buyers to have confidence in installers utilising the trusted ‘Police Preferred Specification’ branding.

Find out more about the SBD Alarm Standard for alarm installation companies at www.policesecuritysystems.com.

Posted: 16/08/2021 more >

BS 8418 Standard Rewritten for Detection-Activated Video Surveillance Systems

BS 8418 Standard Rewritten for Detection-Activated Video Surveillance Systems

The BS 8418 standard - formerly known as ‘Detector-activated CCTV’ - has undergone a major re-write.

One key aim of the re-write was to make changes to the technical requirements, to encourage a wider adoption of the standard by installers of these systems.

Long standing criticism of the standard was that some of the security features necessary for sites at higher risk of theft or damage resulted in a BS 8418 system being a very expensive proposition. A good proportion of detector-activated systems - where the risk was assessed to be lower - do not warrant the security features that result in the additional expense.

Posted: 10/08/2021 more >

SSAIB Firms Celebrate ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards Success

SSAIB Firms Celebrate ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards Success

SSAIB were overjoyed to see our registered firms accounted for a quarter of the winners of yesterday’s ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards.

Owing to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 event took place live on YouTube. However, that did not stop security officers from SSAIB firms Dardan Security, ICTS UK & Ireland and Land Sheriffs from popping the champagne at home – after the trio each had a representative within the list of 12 winners.

Javon Lewis of Cambridge-based Dardan Security was the second recipient on screen to collect his prize, during an awards show that SSAIB was proud to sponsor – as it recognises the achievements of security officers who go “above and beyond” in the line of duty and, in many instances, risked injury to themselves to prevent harm to others.

Barry Chapman and Tony Hall – representing Essex SSAIB firm Land Sheriffs Lts – then collected their award together, before fellow SIA Approved Contractors Scheme (ACS) firm ICTS UK & Ireland were able to champion the achievements of award winner Joherul Hoque.

The full list of 2021 winners are as follows:

Ashley Munn – Venture Security Management Limited

Javon Lewis – Dardan Security

Barry Chapman & Tony Hall – Land Sheriffs Limited

Joherul Hoque – ICTS UK & Ireland

Abdul Munim Khan – Axis Security Services Limited

Bartosz Wesierski – Constant Security Services Limited

Connor McMillan – Incentive Facilities Management Limited

Joshua Welch – APCOA Parking

Cedric Hudson – TSS (Total Security Services) Limited

Majid Khan – The Westgrove Group

Lucy Eaton – Sodexo Limited

Shayne Lacey – Oakpark Security Systems Limited

SSAIB Security Services scheme manager Lynn Watts-Plumpkin was on hand to present two of the awards, but we would like to extend our congratulations to all 12 of this year’s winners – as well as all 89 of those exceptional security officers that were shortlisted in what has been a very difficult year for the security industry and society as a whole.

If you want to catch-up with the ACS Pacesetters Security Officer of Distinction Awards 2021, it can be viewed on YouTube now at https://youtu.be/WyPIgSOOLGA?t=570

Posted: 17/06/2021 more >