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Concerns and advice follow security qualifications issue

16 January 2017

Chris Parkes
Chris Parkes

Following PFM's article last week on the concerns of forged qualifications, the ensuing debate has highlighted how to avoid the issue.

Adoption of best practice methods of security checks and verification of identify and qualifications is advised, which will provide an effective method to spot the majority of false claims at an early stage.

Julius Rutherfoord operations director Chris Parkes says there are clear messages that everyone needs to be more vigilant and carry out thorough checks of where we work and to whom we trust our assets.

Focusing on the cleaning sector in particular, he says FMs should question their suppliers about security vetting procedures and the legality of their workforce.

Once these questions have been satisfied, use of attendance and tracking technology can be used to make sure everyone is in the right place at the right time, with the added benefit of providing added operative safety.

Trigion Manned Guarding operations director Neil Barham also advises using BS 7858 for best practice on screening security personnel.

Neil Barham
Neil Barham

He also advises insisting on seeing original copies of full and correct documentation.

"We also work with the UK Border Agency with regard to staff with visas," said Mr Barham.

"We are also audited by the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) on behalf of the Security Industry Authority (SIA)."

He additionally encourages provision of continuous training for security officers to maintain standards and stated that this company also revisits its SIA licence training on an annual basis.

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