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SSAIB Thanks Long-Serving Team Member Joan Denley for 25 Years of Service

SSAIB Thanks Long-Serving Team Member Joan Denley for 25 Years of Service

SSAIB have presented staff member Joan Denley with a commemorate watch, to mark her 25 years of service with the leading UKAS-accredited certification body for the fire and security industries.

Joan began working at SSAIB on September 12, 1995 – which, incidentally, also saw her celebrating her birthday on her first day - meaning that she has worked for the organisation for all bar 10 months of its existence.

Because of the 50% rotation of staff policy that SSAIB has implemented to ensure a smooth transition back into head office this month, it was left to chief executive Alex Carmichael to visit Joan’s home to make a socially-distanced presentation on her doorstep earlier today.

Alex commented: “On behalf of everyone at SSAIB, I would like to congratulate Joan on reaching her 25th anniversary with the organisation and thank her for her many years of dedicated service.

“To have been at SSAIB for nearly all of the time that it has existed as an inspectorate should not be overlooked, which is why we could not let this milestone pass us by without commemorating it in some way.

“Joan is a very well-thought of member of the team and I’m sure everyone will join me in wishing her a very happy birthday this weekend as well.”

Posted: 11/09/2020 more >

Nominations Open for UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards 2021

Nominations Open for UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards 2021

The nominations are now open for SSAIB-registered firms to submit their selections for next year’s Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs), which rewards proven outstanding performance across the security sector.

Celebrating their fifth year in 2021, the UK OSPAs – which form part of a global awards scheme currently running in eight countries - will take place in the first quarter of 2021. However, the deadline for nominations to be made is midnight on Thursday October 1, 2020.

With awards presented across 16 categories, nominations are open to anyone working within the security sector. The main criteria for entry is that a company, team or individual has performed at an exceptional level and nominees are eligible to be put forward for more than one category.

The categories for this year’s UK OSPAs include:

- Outstanding In-House Security Manager/Director

- Outstanding Contract Security Manager/Director

- Outstanding Security Team

- Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding)

- Outstanding Security Consultant

- Outstanding Customer Service Initiative

- Outstanding Security Training Initiative

- Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator

- Outstanding Event Security Team

- Outstanding Security Partnership

- Outstanding Security Equipment Manufacturer

- Outstanding New Security Product

- Outstanding Security Officer

- Outstanding Young Security Professional

- Outstanding Cyber Security Initiative

- Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Martin Gill, founder of the awards, said: “I encourage everyone working in the sector to submit at least one nomination; security too often operates under the radar and the OSPAs provide the opportunity to highlight and promote the pioneering work that is being carried out.”

Nominations are free to submit, but the person nominating is required to answer two questions on the nominee and why they should win the award. The judging panel for each category will then use these answers as part of their decision making when choosing a winner.

Full details on how to submit an nomination – and the categories available – can be found at https://uk.theospas.com/enter/.

Posted: 08/09/2020 more >

SSAIB Reopens Doors to COVID-19 Secure Head Office

SSAIB Reopens Doors to COVID-19 Secure Head Office

SSAIB have reopened the doors of their West Monkseaton-based head office on a progressive return to the premises – after a number of changes were implemented to ensure the building is COVID-19 secure.

Having continued to work remotely throughout lockdown - and the gradual easing of those restrictions - the leading UKAS-accredited certification body for the fire and security industries have now implemented a 50% rotation system for SSAIB headquarters. This has been achieved by splitting the office staff into two bubbles, with each alternatively working in the office one week and then remotely for a week.

Various sections of the office have been rearranged to ensure that social distancing is a lot easier to maintain, while Perspex sheets have been fitted to the tops of every workstation across the building to further enhance the protection of SSAIB staff while sat at their desks. Hand sanitiser is present throughout the building, to ensure that nothing is brought into the building from outside.

A number of legislations have also been implemented for communal areas to comply with the latest Government guidelines, which will continue to be monitored and acted upon as and when any amendments are made to them.

SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael commented: “I am delighted to be able to welcome the SSAIB staff back into head office. We’ve devised a strategy that both works for the organisation, to allow us to create a ‘new normal’, while ensuring the safety of our work force isn’t sacrificed.

“The way SSAIB adapted to working remotely during lockdown was excellent, but we’re now at a point where we have to try and integrate ourselves back into an office environment once again. Our new rotation system allows us to have a constant physical office presence once more, without putting our staff at risk.”

SSAIB will continue to work in this new way until such time that any further changes are deemed necessary.

Posted: 07/09/2020 more >

SSAIB Reopens Doors to COVID-19 Secure Head Office

SSAIB Reopens Doors to COVID-19 Secure Head Office

SSAIB have reopened the doors of their West Monkseaton-based head office on a progressive return to the premises – after a number of changes were implemented to ensure the building is COVID-19 secure.

Having continued to work remotely throughout lockdown - and the gradual easing of those restrictions - the leading UKAS-accredited certification body for the fire and security industries have now implemented a 50% rotation system for SSAIB headquarters. This has been achieved by splitting the office staff into two bubbles, with each alternatively working in the office one week and then remotely for a week.

Various sections of the office have been rearranged to ensure that social distancing is a lot easier to maintain, while Perspex sheets have been fitted to the tops of every workstation across the building to further enhance the protection of SSAIB staff while sat at their desks. Hand sanitiser is present throughout the building, to ensure that nothing is brought into the building from outside.

A number of legislations have also been implemented for communal areas to comply with the latest Government guidelines, which will continue to be monitored and acted upon as and when any amendments are made to them.

SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael commented: “I am delighted to be able to welcome the SSAIB staff back into head office. We’ve devised a strategy that both works for the organisation, to allow us to create a ‘new normal’, while ensuring the safety of our work force isn’t sacrificed.

“The way SSAIB adapted to working remotely during lockdown was excellent, but we’re now at a point where we have to try and integrate ourselves back into an office environment once again. Our new rotation system allows us to have a constant physical office presence once more, without putting our staff at risk.”

SSAIB will continue to work in this new way until such time that any further changes are deemed necessary.

Posted: 07/09/2020 more >

SSAIB Receive Fantastic Remote Audit Feedback from Certification Firm

SSAIB Receive Fantastic Remote Audit Feedback from Certification Firm

SSAIB were thrilled to receive a very complimentary feedback letter from Camrok Electrical and Security owner Clive Kennett – after the sole-trader underwent a remote certification audit this week, due to the on-going Coronavirus pandemic.

The Essex-based intruder alarms installer applied for SSAIB certification back in February 2020, but – as a result of the COVID-19 crisis – was unable to get an initial audit completed before the Government introduced their lockdown restrictions to help stop the spread of the virus on March 23.

However, due to SSAIB introducing remote auditing and liaising with the NPCC to introduce a new temporary process that will allow new applicants to be certificated – Hornchurch sole trader Clive was still able to proceed with his audit as planned, albeit in different circumstances to those that both himself and auditor Peter Cowell are used to.

Clive - who has worked for SSAIB-registered firms before - stated: “I had a remote audit with Peter on Tuesday of this week. Documentation was asked for beforehand and we had a video call on the day.

“I was able to do everything I usually do on an audit, such as providing proof of SDPs [system design proposals], maintenance sheets and emailing my liability insurance through. Seeing Peter on the other side of the screen, was pretty much like he was there in the office (other than making him a cup of tea!)

“You can still swing round to show them what they need to see in the office or any documents via the video aspect of it, so it's just a more technically-savvy way of doing it.

“The world is going to change because of all this. Millions of virtual meetings are currently taking place every day, so I think there'll be less flying around done for meetings and people will come to rely on video conferencing a lot more in time. Therefore, it’s great to see SSAIB getting in ahead of the game by implementing this technology when it’s really needed.”

It was due to SSAIB “embracing communication technology” that Clive felt the need to get in touch, because he’d realised the effort that the leading UKAS-accredited certification body for the fire and security industries had gone to adapt and update their working practices to try to minimise the disruption that COVID-19 had on their working practices and knew he had “made the correct decision” when choosing SSAIB.

Clive continued: “When someone does a good job, I believe it's only right that they are told that - as we're quick to leave negative feedback as a society.

“Our work as installers relies on certification relies on Police response and there was an uncertainty as to where all this would leave us really.

“We don't know how long this will go on, so it's great that SSAIB have developed a system that has allowed them to continue to offer certification and carry on auditing their firms.”

While some might wonder why an unregistered firm would push on with trying to achieve third-party certification during such an unpredictable time as this, Clive was quick to reveal his gratitude for the fact he is still getting plenty of work despite the difficult circumstances that the country finds itself in.

Clive added: “I’m really really busy at the moment - despite everything going on - so I don't know if I'm the odd one or not. I'm currently on a farm in Harlow putting CCTV up on a barn, so I've gone from fitting shop alarms to spending time around quite a lot of animals.

“I'm actually very fortunate that the work is still coming in and I'm grateful that it is. You've got to make hay while the sun shines, as they say.”

SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael commented: “I would very much like to thank Clive, on behalf of SSAIB, for his brilliant feedback and also for taking the time to get in touch with us. It is very much appreciated by all of the SSAIB staff and myself.

“We are doing everything in our power to ensure that we keep providing a first-class third-party certification service to all our registered firms. By continuing our operations, we are primarily seeking to support our existing clients while - at the same time - providing an opportunity to gain certification, for organisations such as Camrok who are seeking certification for the first time.

“Remote auditing is allowing us to stand by our registered firms and continue to support them in their time of need. Only by working together can we get through this bad situation, so I hope to hear many more positive comments regarding our remote audits during the time in which they are needed.”

Posted: 09/04/2020 more >