Door security personnel standard revised to meet new challenges and changes in law

BSI, the business standards company, has revised BS 7960 Door Supervision: Code of Practice. The updated standard gives recommendations for the organisation and management of companies providing door supervision services – whether contracted or in-house – to licensed premises or events.

BS 7960:2016 was revised to accommodate changes in the legal requirements for door security staff. A ‘Response to Emergencies’ section replaces the previous ‘Contingency Plan for Security’, while a new threat level provides guidance for door security personnel on how to handle emergencies as divergent as performing First Aid to a vulnerable person through to responding appropriately when a terrorist attack or other large-scale emergency occurs.

The revised standard has new requirements to identify and implement violence reduction measures, and also ensure that Security Industry Authority (SIA) licenses are checked against the Regulator’s records at least once a month.

There are additional guidance notes regarding the Data Protection Act and SIA licence requirements when CCTV or other data recording devices are employed.

Deployment of door personnel

To reflect the changing face of the labour market, BS 7960 now refers to the deployment rather than the employment of door security personnel, as the individual may be under instruction of the company, but paid by a third party.

A new clause has also been added to ensure that the requirements of the standard are still met when door security personnel are working for a sub-contractor.

In addition to those public and private sector organisations requiring the use of door supervisors, the standard is expected to be particularly relevant for the Association of Security Consultants, the Institute of Professional Investigators, Ex-Police in Industry and Commerce and the National Association of Security Dog Users.

Crucial role to play

Anne Hayes, head of market development for governance and resilience at BSI, explained: “Professional door supervisors fulfil a crucial role not only in providing security for premises, but also in upholding the safety and well-being of individuals on those premises. In developing BS 7960, we’ve worked closely with private security firms to ascertain what door security personnel need in order to do their job as safely and effectively as possible.”

BS 7960 now accommodates the 2013 legal requirement that all door security staff secure an SIA Level 2 Award for Upskilling. In common with the standard it now replaces, the private security industry was heavily involved in the development of BS 7960:2016.

Organisations involved in the development of the standard included the British Security Industry Association, the National Security Inspectorate, the SIA and the Proof of Age Standards Scheme.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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