National Security Inspectorate (NSI) News

Ecl-ips announces the acquisition of alarm specialist Security Group to provide comprehensive services to their clients

Security and monitoring firm Ecl-ips, has bought Bristol-based alarms specialist, Security Group, to expand its services to clients. Ecl-ips is a CCTV and access control system designer and installer based in Worcestershire which has always strived to offer clients the most advanced solutions it can. Its current preferred partners are Avigilon, part of Motorola Solutions, for CCTV and Paxton, for access control. Meanwhile, Security Group specialises in designing, installing, maintaining and rep...

National Security Inspectorate (NSI) announces its accreditation as a Living Wage Employer

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) announces its accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation as a Living Wage Employer. NSI endorses the Living Wage Foundation’s principles recognising this independent movement of businesses, organisations and people campaigning on the simple ethic that ‘a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay’, an integral part of many organisations’ corporate social responsibility. Living Wage Foundation The Foundation celebra...

National Security Inspectorate sponsors Apprentice of the Year Award at the British Security Awards 2020

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) proudly sponsored the Apprentice of the Year Award at the British Security Awards 2020 which took place on 1st July. The annual event, recognising individuals and companies within the private security sector for their talent and commitment in protecting people and property, saw a significant number of NSI approved companies celebrated amongst its winners. Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), this year’s British Security Aw...

National Security Inspectorate announces audit and assessment programmes will resume effective from 1st June 2020

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced the resumption of all audit and assessment activity from 1st June 2020, in light of current Government “go to work if you are unable to work from home” guidance. Government guidance allows all employers to resume activity in the workplace where appropriate, including professional services that cannot be delivered remotely, such as NSI on-site audits. NSI will utilise a combination of remote audit and on-site audit capability in...

NSI announces suspension of all audit and assessment activity in April and May 2020 owing to global COVID19 pandemic

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced suspension of all audit activity commencing 6th April until 31st May 2020 inclusive, in view of the global coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic. All approved companies in the security and fire sector are working hard to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, prioritising the health and well-being of staff and taking necessary steps to support their customers and maintain business continuity. The professional industry is practising social distanci...

National Security Inspectorate announces NCP 119 for the ‘Provision of Labour in the Security and Events Sectors’

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the UK’s premier specialist Certification Body within the security and fire safety sectors, announces the introduction of a new Code of Practice (NCP 119) for the ‘Provision of Labour in the Security and Events Sectors’, effective 1st April 2020. NSI is now accepting applications from labour provision and guarding services providers. The new Code of Practice has been developed to enable companies providing labour to security companies...

NSI supports UK government’s categorisation of essential key workers at this time of crises

With recently introduced social distancing measures, Key Workers essential to the running of public and other services across the UK including the NHS and critical infrastructure, have been categorised by Government. The intent is to ensure health and safety for the public at large during the pandemic and efforts to control COVID-19. NSI’s view is clear: approved companies working in security and fire safety deliver every day essential services ranging from a wide variety of guarding serv...

Bodies in security and fire sector further call for UKAS-accredited companies to be designated as ‘key workers’

Bodies within the Security and Fire sector, namely the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), Fire and Security Association (FSA), National Security Inspectorate (NSI), and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) are re-iterating calls for employees of all security and fire safety companies approved by UKAS-accredited specialist certification bodies to be designated as ‘Key Workers’, to ensure environments not currently designated as ‘critical’ con...

NSI-sponsored Thought Leadership Summit instigates debate on key issues in the security sector

Key topics and challenges affecting the security systems and guarding sectors were addressed at this year’s NSI-sponsored Thought Leadership Summit, held at the Royal Lancaster London. Delegates from across the industry engaged with a lively, informative and thought provoking programme, organised by the Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs). A cross-section of security industry end users, service providers, sector organisations and regulatory bodies attended the third annual UK...

National Security Inspectorate announces the addition of the new BS 7858:2019 course to its industry-specific training portfolio

As the UK’s premier specialist Certification Body within the security and fire safety sector, the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced the addition of a new BS 7858:2019 screening course to its portfolio of industry-specific training. This revised Standard for the Screening of Individuals Working in a Secure Environment involves a number of significant changes taking effect in April 2020. These include an increased emphasis on risk assessment, the removal of character refere...

OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit 2020 addresses security challenges

The third OSPAs Thought Leadership Summit, organised in association with the NSI, takes place on Wednesday 26th February 2020 at the Royal Lancaster London, and is set to deliver a lively, thought provoking and engaging event providing a platform to confront issues faced by the security industry. The programme will address the increasing challenges faced by the Guarding community, such as the Living Wage and the rogue labour risk from labour providers. The event will also examine the Police-Ala...

NSI receives positive comment on the draft labour provision code which will help shape its direction

The National Security Inspectorate’s (NSI) consultation on its new draft Code of Practice, NCP 119, for the provision of labour in the security and events sector has provoked a positive response from approved companies and labour providers. NSI has welcomed the positive comment on the draft Code which will help to shape its direction and implementation. Margaret Durr, Head of Field Operations (Services), NSI, said: “I would like to thank all of those who took the time to review the...