The British Security Industry Association has announced the launch of a new Health and Safety Forum dedicated to the sharing of industry Best Practice and promoting the importance of Health and Safety for security practitioners, companies, their employees and their customers.
Formed in light of the growing importance of Health and Safety within the security sector, the Forum has also been created in response to demand from British Security Industry Association (BSIA) members. In a recent survey conducted by the Trade Association, 93% of respondents expressed a keen interest in participating in such a Forum, which intends to deal with important issues including violence in the workplace, accidents and preventative measures.
Open to representatives from all BSIA member companies, the Health and Safety Forum aims to facilitate the sharing of information and Best Practice techniques, in turn galvanising members’ commitment to Health and Safety into positive action while informing them of the latest developments across relevant legislation.
Trevor Elliott, director of manpower and membership services at the BSIA, commented: “The Association already operates a very active Human Resources Forum, and it’s hoped that the Health and Safety Forum will prove equally successful in uniting member company representatives with a common focus.”
Elliott continued: “Recently, the Health and Safety of front line workers has been at the very forefront of public discussion, with a report from the Greater London Authority Conservatives indicating that no less than 66,000 front line workers have either been punched, kicked, spat on or even killed while undertaking work-related duties. Assaults against security officers were also highlighted by this report as an ongoing issue. As such, Health and Safety has become a key issue for our industry, not just for the protection of front line security workers but also for the customers whom our industry helps to protect.”
Informal networking opportunity
The Health and Safety Forum will meet for the first time at a launch event taking place at Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge ground in November. This will provide an initial informal networking opportunity for Health and Safety professionals. There’ll be a tour of the ground and also an opportunity to learn more about the BSIA’s Health and Safety Forum, its objectives and forthcoming projects.
Sponsoring the event is BSIA member company VSG, the prominent security solutions provider which has been instrumental in the development of the Forum.
Peter Stubbs, director of HSE – Support Services at VSG, said: “VSG is committed to being the ‘Employer of Choice’ within the industry. As part of that commitment, we have a ‘Safety First’ aspiration. Our people are our biggest asset and we focus on ensuring they go home safely at the end of their shift having done a great job for the client. We’re delighted to be able to sponsor this launch event with the aim of encouraging cross-business sharing of Health and Safety Best Practice.”
At the helm of the Forum and facilitating the launch event is Bobby Logue, managing director of Interconnective. Logue stated: “Due to increasing concerns surrounding Health and Safety incidents in the security sector, it’s entirely appropriate that the BSIA initiates the establishment of a high level Health and Safety Forum for its members. The purpose of this initiative is to understand the related industry-wide issues and collect statistics on all Health and Safety-focused incidents. This would then form the basis of an industry strategy aimed at reducing such occurrences.”
Logue continued: “Where necessary, the Forum could provide empirical evidence to the Security Industry Authority in terms of where the BSIA’s members believe additional industry-wide training needs are required as well as other regulatory measures that might be considered.”
Representatives of BSIA member companies interested in attending the launch event can register by completing an online form accessible via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SVC5Y9B
For more information on the BSIA and its representation of the security industry visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk