National Security Inspectorate voices support for World Accreditation Day 2018

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the UK’s most widely recognised, independent UKAS-accredited certification body approving companies within the security and fire safety sectors, has voiced its support for World Accreditation Day 2018, which takes place on Saturday 9 June.

Launched by the International Accreditation Forum and the International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation, World Accreditation Day is a global initiative raising awareness of the importance of accreditation. This year’s theme focuses on “delivering a safer world”.

Celebrations will take place across the globe in the form of major events and media coverage including an event hosted by UKAS, the UK Accreditation Service, for public sector officials to be held at the House of Lords.

World Accreditation Day highlights how today’s expectation of safety, whether in the places where we live, work and relax, the products we use, the food we eat or how we travel is often not matched by reality. Closing this gap requires close collaboration between Government, regulators and businesses.

The NSI’s role is to help keep people safer in their work and home environments when it comes to security and fire protection by independently assessing the competence of organisations across a wide range of services from the installation of CCTV, intruder alarms and access control through to security guarding services and life safety fire risk assessments (a legal requirement for any organisation employing more than five people).

Richard Jenkins, CEO at the NSI, commented: “World Accreditation Day is a significant moment for us all to build awareness of accreditation in raising standards around safety and security. For over 45 years, we have been protecting businesses, homeowners and the general public by independently auditing companies within the security and fire safety sectors. Today, over 1,800 companies are approved by the NSI against the relevant British and International Standards and Codes of Practice for the services they deliver. NSI approval is a benchmark of competence and a trusted hallmark for the buyers of security systems, fire safety and guarding services.”

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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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