This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Concerns and advice follow security qualifications issue

16 January 2017

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

Chris Parkes

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

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.

Print this page | E-mail this page


View more articles
Article image

Why the Law Says You Need a Nappy Bin Disposal Service

At home, parents are used to disposing of their babies’ used nappies the same way they do any other domestic waste - bagging it up and sticking it in the r...
Article image

PFM Awards seminars provide unique insight

Yesterday saw the first seminars presented by the PFM Partnership Awards in the event's 26-year history, receiving highly positive feedback from both prese...
Article image

Communication is essential for delivery of health and safety

Complying with legislative requirements in all areas of facilities is one of the overriding areas of concentration for all FMs and these are often regarded...
Article image

ABM UK launches second year of perception change campaign

This month, leading facilities management services provider, ABM UK, kicked off year two of its Junior Engineering Engagement Programme (J.E.E.P) followin...
Article image

CCS confirms modular solutions framework

Designed with the education and healthcare sectors, Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has announced the launch of its Modular Building Solutions framework....
Article image

How to manage and maintain your building’s lifts

Being tasked with the responsibility of managing a building’s lifts, lifting platforms, escalators or moving walkways, can be daunting....