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NSI supports World Accreditation Day 2019

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) offered its full support to World Accreditation Day 2019 (#WAD2019). A global initiative celebrating accreditation, the event (which took place on Sunday 9 June) focused on accredited bodies like the NSI adding value in supply chains. 

From a security and fire safety sector perspective, installers and service providers of security and fire safety systems and security guarding solution are a vital ‘link in the chain’ with their expertise at the point of delivery, keeping people safe, ensuring security solutions harness suitable technology and that they’re fit for purpose.

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Whether it be in the design, installation and commissioning of intruder alarms, access control systems, fire detection or suppression systems and CCTV or the monitoring of myriad guarding services, Best Practice in service provision by NSI-approved companies ensures that quality solutions are delivered to customers.

World Accreditation Day marked the work underway to launch ‘IAF CertSearch’, a website designed to provide buyers with the ability to verify management systems certificates such as ISO 9001 (itself a key component of NSI’s Gold approvals). This facility will help to distinguish certificates issued by accredited conformity assessment bodies (CABs), such as the NSI, from certificates issued by non-accredited CABs and to check the authenticity of a certificate.

Richard Jenkins, CEO at the NSI, commented: “World Accreditation Day plays an important role in promoting the value of accreditation and accredited conformity assessment. As an accredited certification body, the NSI conforms to ISO 17021-1 and ISO 17065 in the delivery of Certificates of Approval to over 1,800 approved companies operating in the UK and Eire. The worldwide system of accreditation spans economies accounting for 96% of global GDP*. The NSI is proud to play its small part in this ecosystem underpinning Best Practice, competency and consistent quality within our sector, as recognised by, among others, the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the Security Industry Authority, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, BAFE and industry and insurer stakeholders.”

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Richard Jenkins

NSI Gold Approval combines Quality Management Systems approval ISO 9001 with specific product standards pertinent to services provided, in addition to NSI Quality Schedules and approval criteria specifically designed for the security and fire systems and guarding services sectors. The NSI adopts a ‘treat recommendations as mandatory’ stance with regard to all standards and Codes of Practice, affording buyers confidence that NSI-approved companies adhere to the latest Best Practice at all times.

For full details of the range of NSI approvals to international and British Standards and industry Codes of Practice visit www.nsi.org.uk

*Source: World Economic Forum

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STANLEY Security achieves accreditation to ISO 9001:2015 for Quality Management Systems

STANLEY Security has been accredited with ISO 9001:2015, the very latest version of the respected Quality Management Systems standard.

ISO 9001:2015 is awarded when specific criteria for a Quality Management System are met by a given organisation as a result of that business ensuring a structured approach with an increased importance afforded to risk management. The accreditation is based on a number of quality management principles such as a strong customer focus, the motivation of senior management, a defined process approach and demonstrably continual improvement.

For STANLEY Security’s end user customers, ISO 9001:2015 accreditation provides clear proof that its products and services work and meet legal and industry standards and that, if an issue should arise, a process is in place to rectify it and ensure that it doesn’t happen again. It’s also designed to make staff more efficient by standardising systems and procedures, while still allowing for flexibility such that STANLEY can work with customers in a way which suits them.

STANLEY Security has always been committed to delivering quality at all levels, from products through to services, and has been accredited to BS EN ISO 9001:2008 for many years. The move to the more stringent 2015 standard requires a greater focus on all internal and external factors that could impact quality, products and services.

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Ross Marotta, STANLEY Security’s compliance manager responsible for the transition to the new standard, explained: “The ISO 9001:2015 accreditation is proof that we can provide customers with consistent, reliable and fit for purpose solutions and services. It provides an assurance that we listen to our customers and respond proactively to their feedback. Customers can also be secure in the knowledge that any issues will be identified and resolved quickly.”

Marotta has reviewed all of STANLEY Security’s documents, processes, policies and procedures to ensure they correspond with actual activities and meet the 2015 standard. He has also implemented training sessions and presentations within management meetings to clearly explain individuals’ responsibilities and what they need to be aware of and monitor in their own teams.

STANLEY Security’s ISO 9001:2015 accreditation holds for a maximum time period of three years. In this three-year period, the company will be subject to mandatory audits to ensure compliance.

ISO 9001:2015 accreditation has been awarded through the National Security Inspectorate. Through the NSI, STANLEY Security is NACOSS Gold approved with respect to the design, installation and maintenance of electronic security systems and Fire Gold approved for the design, installation, commissioning and handover, verification and maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems.

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Skills for Security Accreditation endorses quality training

Skills for Security Accreditation is endorsing quality training provision across the security industry both here in the UK and on the international stage, allowing employers to make informed decisions regarding their training. 

Accreditation is the formal recognition that ensures training is meeting the appropriate criteria for Best Practice and that it either meets or exceeds nationally recognised training standards.

Accreditation promotes accountability. It’s the ultimate measure of quality: a professional ‘Seal of Approval’ that assures clients and employees alike that the training they’re undertaking has met rigorous standards and is a genuine quality assured programme.

Skills for Security’s Accreditation endorses quality courses, training providers and trainers themselves as well as in-house training schemes for the security business sector, giving employers and individuals confidence that the training they’re considering has been approved by the skills body.

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Terri Jones, director general at Skills for Security (pictured), explained: “Our accreditation scheme was developed in response to requests from employers and providers who were concerned about the quality of delivery of training within the private security industry. It’s our ambition to recognise excellent training and endorse it with the aim of increasing the availability and quality of training available to everyone who works in the security business sector both internationally and within the UK.”

Three-step process

Skills for Security’s Accreditation is a three-step process. Training is matched to National Occupational Standards which specify UK standards of performance that people are expected to achieve and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively (thus providing the evidence to providers, trainers, employers and learners that training is being delivered to the highest possible standards).

With accredited training, learners have the assurance of receiving a quality education as well as gaining recognition from employers.

Karimah Pedro from the Security Industry Authority has endorsed the programme. “We remain committed to improving standards in the private security business sector. That’s why we support Skills for Security’s Accreditation scheme to set a benchmark for security training.”

As a developer of National Occupational Standards for the security industry, Skills for Security is best placed to help identify any gaps in skills and knowledge. Whether it’s in-house training schemes or the development of trainers, Skills for Security will help provide sustainable solutions in order to certify that quality is being maintained.

Accreditation from Skills for Security not only endorses quality, but also actively boosts the reputation of training and sets a benchmark for it.

*Contact Skills for Security on (tel) 01905 744000 or at: accreditation@skillsforsecurity.org.uk for further information

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Esoteric awarded Safecontractor accreditation

Esoteric – the counter-espionage and electronic sweeping company – has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in Health and Safety.

Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in Health and Safety management among UK contractors.

Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines Health and Safety procedures and their track record for safe practice.

The Safecontractor badge of quality

The Safecontractor badge of quality

Commitment to customers and staff

Providing specialist counter-espionage security services to organisations across the UK and on the international stage, Esoteric’s accreditation demonstrates the company’s commitment to maintaining the Health and Safety of its clients and staff as well as being a differentiator in winning new business.

Esoteric’s operations and compliance manager Hannah Byford-Smith said: “Our interest in the Safecontractor accreditation was driven by our desire to maintain a high standard of Health and Safety across all aspects of our business. This is just one of a number of measures that Esoteric is undertaking in order to provide a premium quality service to all of our clients.”

Hannah Byford-Smith: operations and compliance manager at Esoteric

Hannah Byford-Smith: operations and compliance manager at Esoteric

John Kinge, technical director at Safecontractor, added: “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound Health and Safety policies in place.”

Kinge added: “More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Esoteric has done. The company’s high standard has set an example which, hopefully, will be followed by other companies within the sector.”

Safeguarding private information

Esoteric is a leading technical surveillance countermeasures (bug sweeping) and covert surveillance company working discreetly with corporations, Government departments and high worth individuals on the national and world stage to safeguard private information and conversations from illicit eavesdropping devices.

The company believes in delivering a strategic approach that assists its clients in understanding the risks facing their business.

Esoteric then works with the end user to implement Best Practice systems, policies and procedures and undertake appropriate measures to address the threat of potential, attempted and actual attacks from competitors, criminals, overseas agencies and employees.

Esoteric specialises in counter-espionage and electronic sweeping

Esoteric specialises in counter-espionage and electronic sweeping

Services include the development of counterespionage/security strategies and policy implementation, technical surveillance countermeasures (TSCM)/electronic bug sweeping, critical information protection products including the ‘E-Room’ 24/7 monitoring sensor, mobile phone detectors and mobile phone blockers, TSCM training and espionage awareness briefings, covert investigations and surveillance.

Further information on Esoteric and its solutions is available at: http://www.esotericltd.com

Assessing Health and Safety arrangements

Safecontractor is a third party accreditation scheme that assesses Health and Safety arrangements.

Many major clients recognise the scheme and accept the Safecontractor certificate as confirmation of competency.

For further information about the Safecontractor scheme telephone 029 2026 6750

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