Panasonic Security Solutions announced that it had become a Founder of the relaunched International Professional Security Association (IPSA). The association is dedicated to supporting those individuals and companies working in the fire and security sector, many of which are classified as key workers. Member job roles range from installation technicians of security systems and fire systems to vital security personnel. Free app and membership The Panasonic investment, as one of a number of Founders, has helped to fund a radical shake-up of the UK's longest established security association. New initiatives include free membership for all frontline security and technical workers and a new free app. The app will provide information and training modules, and a network of approved suppliers that support the industry The app will provide information and guidance, welfare, training modules, and a network of approved suppliers that support the industry. IPSA also plans to use the app to capture important data and trends about unreported incidents, mental well-being, injuries, diversity, and disability - all of which, for the first time, will allow for an accurate picture of incidents affecting front-line security officers, businesses, and the wider community. Driving security standards "IPSA plans to represent the security industry with "one voice" and the support of Founder organisations, such as Panasonic, enable us to deliver on this vision," said Simon Pears, Chairman of IPSA. "Each and every one of our Founders is showing their commitment and support in driving security standards and professionalism forward. Their support is invaluable as we showcase all aspects of the security solutions and career progression available." Safeguard security society Commenting on the investment, Panasonic Security Solutions Marketing Manager Rachael Crook, said, "Panasonic has a 60-plus-year proud history of supporting the security industry - providing reliable camera and software solutions and the valuable real-time information used by its professionals to safeguard society.” “With the relaunch of IPSA, its commitment to the industry, and the important role it plays in society, as well as the focus on technology solutions like the app, it made perfect sense for us to support the new-look organisation."
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.”
At the meeting IPSA made several new appointments The International Professional Security Association (IPSA) held its 2015 Annual General Meeting this week at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, London. The occasion marked the completion of Mike White’s four years as Chairman of the Association and included the election of the Association’s International Council, who appointed Mr Stuart Naisbett as the new Chairman. IPSA made appointments Stuart Naisbett has been an active member of the Association since the early 1980’s, originally in the London and South East Region and then on the International Council, whilst working as a security controller at Centuryan Security, before his career progressed, including working as General Manager for Elizabethan Security and later as Operations Director at Mison Security. Since 2002 he has worked as an independent security consultant. Other appointments are Jane Farrell, Centre of Excellence Development Manager at Sodexo Ltd, who has been appointed Deputy Chairman and Ian Pugh, Head of Security at Bilfinger Europa Facility Management Ltd, who has taken Stuart’s previous role as Honorary Treasurer. Mike White, the previous Chairman, and Una Riley, the previous Deputy Chairman, both remain on the Management Board along with Simon Pears. SIA welcomes new Chief Executive The AGM was combined with a networking luncheon followed by industry talks from both Steve Martin of the Fire and Security Association and Elizabeth France, Chairman of the Security Industry Authority, who used the opportunity to introduce the new Chief Executive of the SIA, Alan Clamp, who was attending the event as his first opportunity to meet the security industry on only his fourth day at the SIA. Following the talks, Alan Clamp and Elizabeth France both took questions from the audience, giving IPSA members an insight into their thoughts for the future direction of the SIA.
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