Manned Services

Manned Services

SSAIB offers a wide range of certification that fall under the general heading of Guarding Services Certification. This datasheet provides an introduction to these schemes, for more specific detail contact the SSAIB on 0191 296 3242.

BS 7984 – Key Holding and Response Services

BS 7984 gives recommendations for the management, staffing and operation of an organisation providing key holding and response services on a contracted basis.

An SIA licence is required when keeping custody of, or controlling access to, any key or similar device for operating (whether mechanically, electronically or otherwise) any lock. All SIA licenses, including non-front line licenses cover the key holding activity. A non-front line licence is issued in the form of a letter and should only be applied for as long as front line activity is not carried out.

BS 7960 – Door Supervisors

BS 7960 gives recommendations for the organisation, staffing, operation and management of companies providing door supervision services to licensed premises or events, and to other individuals, companies, organizations and designated premises supervisors who provide or employ door supervisors.

An SIA licence is required for this activity for both contract and in-house staff.
 
BS 7499 – Static Site Guarding and Mobile Patrol Services

BS 7499 gives recommendations for the management, staffing and operation of an organisation providing security guarding services on a static site and/or mobile patrol basis.

Its recommendations do not apply to all security services. An SIA licence is required for Security Guarding if you are conducting licensable duties, such as:

  • Guarding premises against unauthorised access or occupation, against outbreaks of disorder or against damage.
  • Guarding property against destruction or damage, against being stolen or against being otherwise dishonestly taken or obtained.
  • Guarding one or more individuals against assault or against injuries that might be suffered in consequence of the unlawful conduct of others.

The above activities involve providing a physical presence, or carrying out any form of patrol or surveillance, so as to deter or otherwise discourage unlawful or destructive activities or to provide information to relevant parties should it occur.
 
BS 8406 – Event Stewarding and Crowd Safety

BS 8406 gives recommendations for the infrastructure, staffing, operation and management of organisations providing event stewarding and crowd safety at either indoor or outdoor events.

The recommendations of BS 8406 do not apply to the provision of security services such as static guarding, mobile patrol services or door supervisors.
There is no specific SIA licence for event stewarding as any licensable activities are likely to be covered under other SIA licenses, such as static guarding, door supervision, close protection or CCTV.

BS 7872 – Cash and Valuables in Transit

BS 7872 gives recommendations for the organization, staffing, operation and management of companies providing a Cash-in-Transit (CIT, also known as CVIT - Cash and Valuables in Transit) service (collection and delivery) on a contracted basis.

An SIA licence is required for this activity
 
BS 7958 - Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Management and Operation

BS 7958 gives recommendations for the operation and management of CCTV within a controlled environment, where data that might be offered as evidence is received, stored, reviewed or analysed.

For control rooms whose operation falls within the scope of other British Standards (e.g. BS 7499 and BS 5979), all of the security requirements, both physical and procedural, of the relevant British Standard remain applicable.

BS 7958 is applicable to:

  • CCTV schemes used in public places such as town centres, shopping malls, public transport and hospitals.
  • Schemes that overlook a public space, such as traffic monitoring.
  • Private schemes where a camera view includes a partial view of a public space.


An SIA licence is required for CCTV Public Space Surveillance. The SIA’s definition of public space is as follows:

  • Monitoring for outbreaks of disorder.
  • Guarding one or more individuals against assault or against injuries that might be suffered in consequence of the unlawful conduct of others.
  • Monitors the activities of a member of the public in a public or private space.
  • Can identify a particular person.
  • Uses CCTV or non-CCTV equipment for purposes other than identifying a trespasser and protecting property

BS 8507 – Close Protection Services Scheme

BS 8507 is in two parts:

  • Part 1 Services within the United Kingdom
  • Part 2 Services outside of the United

Part 1 gives recommendations for the management, staffing and operational accountability for the provision of all aspects of close protection services within the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and Crown Dependencies.

Part 2 is for service provision not covered in Part 1. Additionally, this code might be used by those who wish to purchase close protection services.

An SIA licence is required for close protection if you are conducting licensable duties, such as guarding one or more individuals against assault or against injuries that might be suffered in consequences of the unlawful conduct of others. This applies if services are supplied for the purposes of or in connection with any contract to a consumer.


BS 8517 – Security Dogs Scheme

BS 8517 is in two parts:

  • Part 1 General purpose security dogs
  • Part 2 Detection dogs


Part 1 gives recommendations for the operational use of a dog by a security dog handler when providing security guarding services on a static site or mobile patrol basis.

Part 2 gives recommendations for the operational use of a detection dog by a detection dog handler when providing passive and proactive detection services, such as: drugs, firearms, munitions or explosives detection.

There is no specific SIA licence for a dog handler although it is likely that the duties conducted by the handler would be licensable e.g. security guarding licence.

BS 8517 – Vacant Property Potection Services

BS 8584 gives recommendations for the provison of security managment services, the provison of manned services (static guarding, mobile patrols, remote monitoring services), physical devices (barriers), electronic systems (alarm and CCTV) and protection by occupation for the security of vacant properties

More information about the Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor Scheme process can be found at www.ssaib.org or www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk

Manned Services providers who demonstrate such Product and/or Management Systems compliance will have greater market acceptance, as they will have an awareness of all the management and service product standards required to operate a professional security services business.

For more information on Manned Services Certification click here to download an information pack.