The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) announces its endorsement of the new contract for the web. NSI, the UK’s independent third party certification body in the security and fire safety sectors, is one of the first organisations to support this initiative. The contract for the web provides a shared global plan to protect a free and open web that works for the public good. Written by over 80 experts with input from hundreds of individuals, the contract recognises that everyone has a role to play in safeguarding the future of the web. This fact is articulated in the contract’s nine principles. Ever-increasing quality of service The principles for companies include working towards an ever-increasing quality of service, supporting corporate accountability and robust privacy and data protection by design, and being accountable for their work, through regular reports. These principles align with NSI’s key values of integrity, independence and continuous improvement. Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive of the NSI, comments, “The web is fundamental to everyday life across the entire planet. By endorsing the contract we are committing to managing our on-line presence within a robust frame work for governance, in our work of promoting the value of third party certification to buyers and specifiers of services, facilitating the auditing process and explaining the benefits working with NSI approved companies to the wider public.”
NSI has announced it will be exhibiting for the first time at CONSEC, taking place on 3rd October 2019 at the Radisson Edwardian Heathrow, where the NSI team will be spotlighting its Associate Consultancy Programme (ACP) – an independent referral listing. CONSEC is the Association of Security Consultant’s (ASC) annual event for security consultants and the broad spectrum of people responsible for organisational security and safety. The NSI Associate Consultancy Programme enables Consultants to utilise the NSI ACP logo once successfully completing their application for membership of the program, and signals to organisations seeking consultancy the professionalism of the Consultancy. NSI conducts, due diligence on each consultancy prior to its acceptance onto the program and thereafter annually. “For any business in the sector considering an external consultancy service, the Associate Consultancy Programme is a good starting point with participating consultancies covering a wide range of security and fire safety related services.” said Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive, NSI.
National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the UK’s third party certification body for the security and fire safety sectors, was a proud sponsor of the 2019 Women in Security Awards which took place on 12 September, recognising the significant contribution and achievements of women within the wider world of security. Organised by Professional Security Magazine and Patron, Una Riley, almost 250 security professionals gathered aboard the Dixie Queen riverboat on the River Thames to celebrate and honour the 15 finalists. Una, the first woman to own an NSI approved electronic security company, founded the Awards to raise the profile of women working in what is, a traditionally male dominated sector. This prestigious black tie evening is now firmly established in the industry calendar, attracting sponsorship from thirteen industry organisations. NSI would like to congratulate all of the winners and finalists selected from over 200 nominations by the pre-eminent judging panel. This year representatives from NSI approved/assessed companies featured as finalists in three of the five award categories: Security Manager: Janet Owens, Intu Uxbridge Frontline: Sara Stephenson – Sodexo (Winner) Wendy Tomlinson – CIS Security Samantha Askew – Sodexo Technical: Carly Taylor – Sodexo Contribution to Industry: Amanda McCloskey – CIS Security (Winner) Auditors from guarding services Richard Jenkins NSI Chief Executive commented: “We were delighted to once again sponsor the Women in Security Awards, an event we have been closely involved with for a number of years. It was great to see so many members of the security industry gather to celebrate and honour the success of the Award winners and finalists who play such a vital role within our sector and communities. "This year NSI was pleased to support the event with a complement of attendees from our own team of women in security, including auditors from within guarding services and security systems. Our warmest congratulations to all of this year’s winners and finalists - we wish them continued success in their careers.”
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the UK’s global independent certification body specialising in the security and fire safety sector, is delighted to announce it has been granted accreditation by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for BS EN ISO 45001:2018 - the world’s first International Standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S), replacing the British Standard OHSAS 18001. Workplace health and safety Health and safety in the workplace are of paramount importance. In providing a framework to increase safety, reduce workplace risks and enhance health and well-being at work, ISO 45001 enables an organisation to proactively manage its OH&S performance. The good news for organisations holding management systems approvals such as ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management), is that the new ISO 45001 Standard is structured in the same way. This means it can be readily integrated into any organisation’s existing management system. NSI’s audit regime is designed in a similarly integrated way so NSI approved companies benefit from streamlined audit programmes by qualified auditors, saving them time and cost. NSI Gold approved companies Health and safety in the workplace is a fundamental responsibility for all organisations" NSI Gold approved companies, who are required by NSI to operate an ISO 9001 Quality Management System, may now choose to maximise the advantage of their NSI approval by integrating ISO 45001 into their management system, bringing benefits to their employees, clients and their business as a whole. Richard Jenkins NSI Chief Executive commented: “Health and safety in the workplace is a fundamental responsibility for all organisations. NSI welcomes this new Standard which makes it easier for organisations to integrate Health and Safety into their quality management system, assure themselves they manage their responsibilities effectively, and clearly demonstrate to stakeholders and clients their credentials as a responsible partner and employer. NSI accredited by UKAS Richard further adds, “NSI’s accreditation by UKAS for this new Standard enhances its management system certification portfolio, and ‘one-stop shop’ capability for NSI Gold approved companies. Aligned with this, our commitment to training and CPD of our audit team means multi-skilled capability ensures seamless integrated audits for NSI approved organisations, and sound guidance for companies seeking approval to any scheme for the first time.” NSI approved companies who previously adopted OHSAS 18001 have until 11 March 2021 to transition to the new Standard.
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the UK’s independent certification body specialising in the security and fire safety sectors, shared in the success of this year’s IFSEC and FIREX exhibitions as the integrated events proved important forums for approved companies and applicants, as well as key industry stakeholders, to engage face-to-face with NSI experts. The three-day events provided a vital opportunity to raise awareness of the valuable role of independent certification in enhancing the performance and operational effectiveness across the sectors. NSI’s continued support for the Show Me How feature was evident with a series of sessions on the NSI stand. The topics included updates on PD 6662 for the installation of alarm systems, the new Kitchen Fire Protection Systems scheme (SP206), NSI’s CCTV Code of Practice NCP104 and the latest modifications to the SIA Approved Contractor Scheme workbook. Importance of using trained risk assessors NSI Chief Executive Richard Jenkins presented the heat winners’ prizes at the end of the final day in the Keynote ArenaNSI’s Head of Field Operations (Systems), John Davidson spoke at FIREX to a packed theatre on the importance of using competent, trained risk assessors to complete life safety fire risk assessments. Once again, NSI auditors judged the work of teams competing in the Engineers of Tomorrow Competition, a key attraction within IFSEC International. This year the competition not only showcased the skills and talent of apprentices, but laid the foundations for becoming a part of the highly respected World Skills competition. NSI Chief Executive Richard Jenkins presented the heat winners’ prizes at the end of the final day in the Keynote Arena. The heat winners on day three were Matt Eminson and Ryan Harker from Chubb (Intruder Alarm competition) and Callum Tootle and Chris Lomax from EFT Systems (Fire competition). Coming together to enhance public security Independent certification is recognised as an important framework for continual improvement for businesses" Richard Jenkins NSI Chief Executive commented: “Once again IFSEC and FIREX exemplified the benefits of industry coming together to enhance public security. Our stand welcomed a considerable number of enquiries from companies interested in engaging with NSI’s highly trained team of experts. “Independent certification is recognised as an important framework for continual improvement for businesses; one we are pleased to spearhead within the security and fire safety sectors. We employ the most highly trained professionals who help to drive up the performance of businesses of all sizes as part of the assessment for approval. “It was inspiring to see so many NSI approved companies attend this year’s event and we were proud to play our part in helping to shine a spotlight on new talent within the sector. It was also a pleasure to welcome so many invited guests to our VIP drinks reception celebrating our collective commitment to raising standards.”
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced its annual Summit will take place this year on 21st March 2019 at The Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham. Strengthening partnerships In its sixth year, this highly popular, informative and free to attend one day event offers an opportunity for approved companies to gain insights on industry developments, products, technology and business from recognised experts and security industry leaders. It’s a quick and convenient way to obtain practical, tangible ideas and hear expert perspectives on the latest best practice standards from industry specialists and NSI’s technical experts.Building on its theme of ‘Strengthening Partnerships’, the Summit continues to shine a spotlight on the high value of private security and fire safety companies Building on its theme of ‘Strengthening Partnerships’, the Summit continues to grow from strength to strength shining a spotlight on the high value and caliber of private security and fire safety companies within the sector working with clients, Police, the fire service, insurers and industry stakeholders in protecting people and premises, and improving public safety. Special speaker programme This year delegates will benefit from a specially curated speaker programme comprising three dedicated streams of topical sessions on Security Services, Fire Safety and Electronic Security. Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive commented: “This year’s Summit will play host to a vibrant exhibitor community and there is plenty of new insight and learning to be gleaned in our industry leading education programme. We look forward to welcoming the UK’s security and fire safety professionals to what will be a richly rewarding, not-to-be-missed day for every approved company committed to developing their security offering, raising standards and striving for excellence in today’s diverse and fast-changing market place.”
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), UK’s premier independent certification body specialising in the security, guarding and fire sectors, has appointed Ron Panter as security and fire systems auditor, and lead auditor for ISO 9001, based in Surrey and London. Ron started his career in auditing with the London Electricity Board where he held a variety of customer service and quality management roles. He subsequently spent over 20 years as a quality manager for a NACOSS Gold and ARC approved company where he was responsible for facilitating the NSI audit process. “The knowledge and experience Ron brings with him further increases our auditing capability to deliver combined fire safety and security audits, in turn benefitting our approved companies and the industry at large as we continue to work with partners across the sector to raise standards,” said NSI’s Chief Executive, Richard Jenkins.
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), UK’s renowned independent certification body specialising in the security, guarding and fire sectors, announces the appointment of Robert Conlon as Head of Standards. This newly-created position demonstrates NSI’s commitment to continually enhancing its technical know-how and expertise within the industry in which its approved companies operate to recognised British and International standards. In his new role, Conlon will oversee NSI’s own Codes of Practice, interpreting documents for the practical implementation of management, security and fire safety standards in addition to identifying new approval schemes aligned to the trends and technologies being adopted by the security and fire safety market. I am very much looking forward to applying my knowledge of quality improvement and auditing for the benefit of the wider security sector" Security and fire safety market expert Conlon joins NSI from the healthcare sector where he has held senior quality improvement and management roles, as well as undertaking compliance auditing. He brings over 30 years’ experience in applying and managing quality management and security services systems, schemes and standards. On his appointment Conlon said: “Having been involved with quality improvement and auditing throughout my career I am very much looking forward to applying my knowledge for the benefit of the wider security sector which is experiencing significant changes.” CCTV and remote home monitoring NSI’s Chief Executive, Richard Jenkins commented: “Robert joins NSI 20 years to the month that NSI gained its independence. It’s a key time for the industry, with heightened awareness of the significance of life safety risk assessments, the integration of new technologies in remote monitoring of home security systems, the ever-widening use of CCTV, the impact of GDPR, the SIA’s review of its Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) and close cooperation with the police, all serve to demonstrate the importance of the highest standards of service and technical competence.” “The changing focus of quality management standards to risk-based thinking increases the opportunity for companies to become Gold approved using NSI’s unique tools to apply standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 to the security and fire safety market.”
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) publishes findings of new industry research undertaken by Perpetuity Research into the benefits and challenges of automating confirmed alarm signalling from Alarm Receiving Centres (ARCs) to police control rooms. The independent research - conducted via an online survey and extensive one-to-one interviews with a wide range of industry professionals including representatives from Alarm Receiving Centres (ARCs) - assesses the advantages and disadvantages of automating signalling over and above current practice, the potential impact on ARCs, the police, owners of alarmed property/premises and other interested stakeholder groups, as well as the potential for further future enhancement as technology evolves. ECHO aims to improve standards and effectiveness in the deployment of police responders, through reducing time and improving accuracy in the handling of alarm signals Automated electronic call handling service The report findings reflect industry and stakeholder views at a time when ECHO – for ECHO read ‘Electronic Call Handling Operations Ltd’ - is developing the concept behind its strategy to deliver by 2020 a fully automated electronic call handling service, between all ARCS and police forces, in line with NPCC aims. ECHO, recently formed by the British Security Industry Association, the Fire Industry Association and the Fire and Security Association as an independent not-for–profit company limited by guarantee, aims to improve standards and effectiveness in the deployment of police responders, through reducing time and improving accuracy in the handling of alarm signals. This Perpetuity Research study identifies a number of areas to be addressed in further automation of alarm signalling. These include the technical challenges and the funding mechanism to put such a service onto a sustainable footing. Findings and recommendations by research report In addition, the research highlights the value of raising awareness of the ECHO initiative across industry, full consultation with all parties in the design and development of an automated service to ensure the solution accommodates the diversity in police IT networks, and future proofing. One of the significant findings of the research is the extent to which the current lack of awareness about aspirations to automate alarm signalling by the police is hindering industry’s ability to effectively develop its response. Looking ahead the report recommendations set out a series of steps which might further inform and strengthen industry’s approach, including: raising awareness of the ECHO ‘project’ assessing of police capability nationally to implement automation considering future possible enhancements to the content of alarm signal transmission e.g. CCTV streaming, and signalling applications over and above intruder alarm signalling. Our hope is that this report will be a useful reference point in the debate about how best to introduce new technologies and ways of working to deliver more effective security for people and property" Providing better public security At IFSEC International on Wednesday 20th June at 14.20 in the Future of Security Theatre NSI’s Head of Technical Services, Tony Weeks, will be exploring some of the key research findings as part of a presentation entitled ‘Automating the Transfer of Alarms to Emergency Services: Maximising Public Benefits’ - register now to attend. NSI’s Chief Executive, Richard Jenkins commented: “Thanks are due to all those within the industry who have participated in this important research and to Martin Gill and his team at Perpetuity Research for gathering and consolidating the findings. Our hope is that this report will be a useful reference point in the debate about how best to introduce new technologies and ways of working to deliver more effective security for people and property in our communities. “This is ultimately what the ECHO initiative aspires to. It’s a tremendous opportunity for the systems security industry and the police to bring a step change in how we work together. The contributors to this research have highlighted the challenge and opportunity of raising standards of security through closer collaboration.”
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) is pleased to announce the gold sponsors for this year’s NSI Summit 2018 taking place in March at the Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham are confirmed as BT Redcare, CSL, RISCO Group and summit partner, IFSEC International, all of whom are preparing to share updates, industry insights and product demonstrations. Exclusively open to all NSI approved companies spanning security, guarding services and fire safety, and industry stakeholders including the Police and Insurer Community, the summit, now in its fifth year, is growing from strength to strength. Alongside the gold sponsors and summit partner, NSI approved companies will have access to the UK’s leading equipment, technology and business support providers, with over 60 exhibitors across two halls. Delegates will benefit from: a Plenary session featuring the latest industry updates; an educational seminar programme led by high calibre specialists incorporating master-classes, panel discussion and case study presentations; one-to-one sessions with NSI industry experts; and not-to-be-missed special offers.The NSI Summit has always delivered in terms of staying abreast of current developments Building security partnerships John Ware, General Manager, BT Redcare comments “BT Redcare is again delighted to be sponsoring the NSI Summit which will bring into focus the latest initiatives, standards and developments in the industry. Redcare plays a key part in all these areas and we’re looking forward to meeting with delegates – we have lots to share.” Speaking on behalf of CSL, Group Managing Director Simon Banks states “CSL are delighted to be a headline sponsor of the NSI Summit, for the 5th year in a row. It’s a must attend event in the Fire & Security calendar. Visit us on the day to find out more about our latest innovations and make the most of our live product demonstrations, whilst catching up with the team.” Greg Smith, Field Marketing Manager, RISCO Group adds “This is a fantastic event which has always delivered in terms of staying abreast of current developments and providing an opportunity for NSI approved companies to meet with the leading players within the industry. We’re delighted to support this key event.”This year’s summit theme of ‘Strengthening Partnerships’ explores the relationship between the private and public sectors Community security Gerry Dunphy, Brand Director IFSEC & FIREX International, said, “IFSEC is delighted once again to be a key partner of the NSI Summit in 2018. All NSI approved companies are essential to IFSEC and we always welcome an opportunity to meet with them to relay the key developments for the show in 2018. Our major offering for the installer community this year is the ‘Show Me How’ programme which will emphasise a wide range of learning opportunities and exhibitor demonstrations which will help our installer customers better understand the capabilities and potential of the technologies on offer at IFSEC 2018.” This year’s summit theme of ‘Strengthening Partnerships’ explores the relationship between the private and public sectors, shining a spotlight on working closer together to safeguard people, property and the wider community. Maintaining industry standards NSI Chief Executive, Richard Jenkins comments, “We would like to thank BT Redcare, CSL, RISCO Group and IFSEC International for their continued collaboration on the NSI Summit. This essential one-day event is specially designed for NSI Approved Companies, the UK’s elite within the security and fire safety companies, to keep them abreast of industry developments and provide an important opportunity to share best practice, conduct business and meet face-to-face with our sponsors and exhibitors who provide an array of expertise within the security and fire safety sectors. It centres on maintaining the highest standards within our industry.”
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) is delighted to announce the NSI Summit will take place on the 22nd March 2018 at the Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham – NSI approved companies are now invited to book to attend. The Summit, now in its fifth year, has grown from strength to strength attracting hundreds of delegates and exhibitors at the inaugural event at the Vox in 2017. This year’s Summit theme, ‘Strengthening Partnerships’, celebrates the success of the contribution of private public-sector partnership in delivering improved security over many years and asks how forging even closer working partnerships can build on this for the future. Latest innovations in electronic security and fire safety This one-day event offers an exclusive opportunity for NSI approved companies to meet and keep up to date with the latest industry developments, learn about innovations within the electronic security, guarding and fire safety sectors, and benefit from exclusive offers. It promises to be an informative day providing bite-sized sessions presented by high profile speakers, as well as an exhibition where many of the industry’s suppliers and technology companies will be on hand to share their knowledge.The Summit is a valuable and enjoyable opportunity to keep up to date with the latest thinking and innovations in our fast-changing sectors" The extensive conference programme has been designed with three concurrent elective content streams. The sessions will include a focus on sectors that have particular security systems, guarding and fire safety challenges such as retail and further education, as well as specific sessions featuring case study examples of how the private sector is increasingly working closely with law enforcement. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to gain an insight into specific standards-related updates and to meet with NSI’s technical experts. Guarding and fire safety sectors Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive comments, “The Summit is a valuable and enjoyable opportunity for NSI approved companies to keep up to date with the latest thinking and innovations in our fast-changing sectors. This year we are extending a personal invitation to individuals from the guarding services and fire safety sectors as we broaden the content of the event to include all NSI approved companies and industry stakeholders. Our aim is to deliver an enriching experience for all delegates, whatever their areas of expertise and interest.” “We are delighted to be returning to the Vox, an easy to reach, modern venue ideally suited to our delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and speakers,” Jenkins added.
The UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) will be taking place on 1st March 2018 in London and The National Security Inspectorate is delighted to announce that it will be sponsoring the ‘Outstanding Installer’ category. Outstanding performance in security The UK OSPAs are part of a global awards scheme currently running in eight countries to recognise and reward outstanding performance within the security sector. Entry to the UK OSPAs is completely free and open to companies, teams and individuals who have performed at an exceptional level, and you don’t have to be a member of an organisation or association to enter. The nomination process is straight forward with only two simple questions to answer that can be submitted online. Award categories Nominations are open until 13th November 2017 and submissions are invited in the following categories: Outstanding In-House Security Team Outstanding In-House Security Manager Outstanding Contract Security Company Outstanding Security Consultant Outstanding Customer Service Initiative Outstanding Security Training Initiative Outstanding Security Installer Outstanding Event Security Team Outstanding Security Partnership Outstanding Investigator Outstanding Cyber Security Initiative Outstanding Information Security Company Outstanding Security Equipment Manufacturer Outstanding Security Officer Outstanding Young Security Professional Lifetime Achievement Award Best of UK security Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive comments “We are delighted to be sponsoring the UK OSPAs next year. The OSPAs present an exciting opportunity to showcase the best of what the UK has to offer in the electronic security and guarding services sectors, on a global platform. “Recognising and celebrating the achievements of outstanding installers is an important part of NSI’s focus on raising standards across the UK security industry.” A panel of leading industry figures will select award winners from finalists and the UK OSPAs will be presented at a prestigious awards dinner to be held at the impressive 5-star venue, The Royal Lancaster, London on 1st March 2018.
The Powered Gate Code of Practice covers installers' responsibilities for gate design, new installations, risk assessment and commissioning The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced the launch of its ground-breaking Powered Gates certification scheme. Installers and maintainers of powered gates, barriers and gate automation equipment are now able to obtain NSI approval for the Services they provide in this sector. NSI approval provides the ultimate reassurance for buyers and users of powered gates that their contractor is complying with the highest standards of safety and security. NSI and DHF co-developed powered gate Code of Practice For the past two and a half years, NSI has been working with the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) in the development of their new Powered Gate Code of Practice (DHF TS 011:2016 - Code of Practice for the Installation and Maintenance of Powered Gates). The new code, upon which the NSI certification scheme is based, covers installers' responsibilities for gate design, new installations, risk assessment and commissioning. It also details their responsibilities for the maintenance and modification of existing gates and covers risk assessment, safe isolation and documentation. The NSI scheme based on the DHF code is a significant response to industry concerns over poor safety standards and tragic accidents caused by unsafe powered gates. Since 2005 there have been seven deaths in the UK and Ireland, at least eight serious injuries and countless near misses caused by dangerous powered gates. It is reported by DHF that just 30% of the 500,000 automated gate installations in service in the UK are safe. NSI's new Powered Gates certification scheme is designed to reduce the safety risks associated with powered gates to as low as is reasonably practicable, and giving confidence to buyers and users in the service providers they choose to use. The NSI scheme based on the DHF code is a significant response to industry concerns over poor safety standards and tragic accidents caused by unsafe powered gates Pilot audit programme Six companies working in the powered gates sector recently volunteered themselves for scrutiny by taking part in a comprehensive pilot audit programme guided by the DHF and conducted by NSI. The programme tested the efficacy of the new code as fit for purpose including verifying the competence of NSI auditors, and the practicality of the audit process. Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive said: "We are delighted to announce that from today, NSI is open for business for organisations seeking Powered Gate Approval as verification of their expertise and professionalism and commitment to gate safety. The pilot programme was invaluable in validating the code, the competencies of our auditors and our audit process. "We and the DHF are immensely grateful to the organisations who took part in the pilot programme. Many lessons have been learned over the last two and a half years and we can be rightly confident that the ‘Gates' certification scheme will demonstrate the commitment of progressive organisations working in the powered gates sector to raising standards." Bob Perry, DHF Executive Chairman said: "This has been a really fulfilling project, with us and NSI working so effectively together. I'm really pleased that this important new scheme is being launched today and we wish NSI every success in delivering it." Approved companies will be able to issue NSI/DHF Certificates of Compliance to the owners and operators of installations completed in compliance with the code. DHF TS 011:2016, the Code of Practice for the Installation and Maintenance of Powered Gates, can be downloaded from the DHF website.
StaySafe tracks a lone worker’s location and alerts their manager if they do not check-in within a specified time Following an independent audit by the National Security Inspectorate, Lone worker safety solution StaySafe Business has been awarded NSI Guarding Silver status for the provision of lone worker device services in accordance with British Standard BS8484. BS8484 defines stringent guidelines regarding lone worker devices and is only awarded to solutions that are deemed to be fully compliant with current safety legislation and practices. StaySafe’s cloud-based monitoring service StaySafe Business is an app and surrounding cloud-based monitoring service which tracks a lone worker’s location via GPS and alerts their manager if they do not check-in within a specified time. The app works on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry and offers a wide range of functions including a panic button, working session expiry and low battery warnings, GPS tracking, inactivity and duress alerts. If an employee activates the app’s panic button or fails to check in, alerts are automatically triggered on screen and via text and email, allowing an employer to take immediate action. Monitoring can be done in-house via an online Hub or outsourced to StaySafe’s monitoring and response partners who offer 24/7 service across the UK. Services robustly audited Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive praised StaySafe’s accreditation; “We are delighted that StaySafe has achieved NSI Guarding Silver approval for the provision of lone worker device services. Organisations working in the security sector aspire to obtain NSI approval and StaySafe’s clients and their employees can be reassured that the service StaySafe provides has been robustly audited against the relevant industry standards. I congratulate StaySafe and wish them every success for the future.” Don Cameron, CEO StaySafe added; “achieving BS8484 status means we join the handful of lone worker safety devices available that meet the stringent industry standards of approval. This is a hugely important development for us as a business as we are now independently recognised as having a solution of the highest quality, which is fully compliant.”
NSI robustly assessed facilities and procedures of Sodexo’s national control room against relevant industry standards Sodexo, the world’s largest services company, with over 420,000 employees, has gained further recognition of its commitment to employee safety and security, by seeking independent certification of its control room services by the National Security Inspectorate (NSI). As the UK’s premier certification body for the security and fire sectors, NSI has robustly assessed the facilities and procedures of Sodexo’s national control room against the relevant industry standards BS 7499:2013, BS 7858:2012, BS EN ISO 9001:2008 and its own Code of Practice, NSI NCP 107. Opened last year and based in Salford, Sodexo’s national control room monitors 600 employees (permanent and relief security officers) across 260 contracts in the UK and Ireland, 24 hours a day. Many of Sodexo’s officers provide security for its clients out of hours, or in lone worker situations and the NSI Guarding Gold approval provides reassurance to their officers when on duty, that they have the appropriate back-up should it be required, via their control room. NSI Guarding Gold - one of the highest accreditations in security sector Simon Pears, Sodexo’s Global Security Director, explained, “NSI Guarding Gold is one of the highest accreditations in the security sector signifying the standards to which we operate and how important people are to our business. Sodexo has been extremely successful in providing clients with the professional security services and is ranked in the top one per cent of security providers for quality delivery in the UK. Achieving this standard serves to consolidate this position and is tremendous recognition for the control room team.” Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive, stated, “Sodexo is a shining example of what can be achieved when an organisation puts people at the heart of its business. I am delighted Sodexo sought independent verification of the facilities and procedures of its national control room from NSI. NSI’s Guarding Gold approval, demonstrates commitment to employee welfare through the adherence of sector standards, and business excellence, through the sound operation of a Quality Management System to ISO 9001. Certification is a credit to all involved at Sodexo in the Control Room operation and the overseeing of their on-site services of security officers.”
Tavcom’s Group Sales Director - Paul Tennent expressed satisfaction for this initiative From 26th May, 2015, National Security Inspectorate (NSI) approved companies, are entitled to claim a 20% discount on all Tavcom Training programmes. A partnership arrangement between Tavcom Training, the UK’s leading supplier of practical and e-learning electronic security systems training and NSI, the specialist Certification Body for the UK’s security and fire safety companies, has been established for the benefit of NSI approved companies. NSI approved companies may now take advantage of a preferential rate for all Tavcom distance learning online programmes, as well as the traditional classroom and workshop based courses conducted at its Hampshire training centre. NSI & Tavcom raising standards in electronic security industry “NSI and Tavcom share a vision of raising standards in the electronic security industry, and Tavcom’s offer underpins best practice in all aspects of a security system’s design, implementation, operation and maintenance,” said Paul Tennent, Group Sales Director. “We are therefore very pleased to have agreed this initiative. It is designed to encourage installers, systems integrators, control room operators and other organisations who are NSI approved to take the opportunity to improve their skill sets, and in the process acquire career enhancing, accredited qualifications.” Commenting on the partnership, Richard Jenkins, CEO of NSI said: “Our national team of auditors complete in the region of 4000 regular and robust audits per year of NSI approved companies to verify continual compliance with industry Standards. We welcome the opportunity for our NSI approved companies to access high quality training courses in order to enhance their skills and knowledge as technological advances in the sector continue at pace.” NSI runs its own popular training courses "It is designed to encourage installers, systems integrators, control room operators and other organisations who are NSI approved" “NSI runs its own popular training courses, primarily based on sector Standards, and by complementing this offer with Tavcom’s provision of quality, accredited courses, NSI approved companies have access to a broader range of cost effective, training options to bolster the learning and development of their employees. NSI approved companies are able to take full advantage of this opportunity. We are delighted that this partnership between our two organisations has been established.”
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