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BSIA contributed to almost 30 standards in 2012-15

The British Security Industry Association's (BSIA's) newly published Annual Review for 2014-15 has underlined the trade body's role in developing common codes of practice for private security providers in the UK and beyond.

Over the course of the 12-month period, the BSIA contributed to the development and review of almost 30 different British and European standards, it said in a press release dated July 3rd.

This means the trade body's membership has been involved in setting up benchmarks for a wide range of industry segments, including lone worker, CCTV and intruder alarm security.

BSIA contributed to almost 30 standards in 2012-15

Moreover, members of the BSIA sit on over 30 committees within the British Standards Institution (BSI), the UK's national standards body. The association is a key sector influence in BSI groups relating to intruder, access control, CCTV, lone worker, guarding, consultancy, vacant property protection, risk, resilience and management.

In Europe, the BSIA sits on more than 15 standards committees, including the primary decision-making component of IEC TC 79, CENELEC and the Confederation of European Security Services, for which it also chairs the Critical National Infrastructure working group.

Commenting on the contents of the annual review, BSIA director of technical services David Wilkinson said the development and review of British, European and international standards "is an issue which continues to affect BSIA members from all sections of membership".

"Ensuring that members are fully represented throughout the various stages of standards development is one of the core functions of the assocation," he continued.

"While the association actively encourages its members to become involved in standards development by nominating working group experts, the association itself takes pride in its ability to lead by example when it comes to committee involvement, chairing a number of standards committees and working groups."

Last month, the BSIA published a study carried out independently by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) in which the economic benefits of industry standards were calculated.

Cebr found the schemes contribute towards over a third (37.4 per cent) of annual UK labour productivity growth, which translates into 28.4 per cent of annual gross domestic product growth - a figure of around £8 billion. This is consistent with the findings of similar studies in France and Germany, suggesting that industry standards play an important role in enabling countries to compete on the global stage.

A concurrent survey of business decision-makers found that over three-quarters (70 per cent) believed their adherence boosted the quality of their products and services, while 84 per cent said their reputation had improved since seeking accreditation.

The findings prompted Cebr chief economic adviser Vicky Price to hail the "vital and often invisible role" of industry standards in laying the groundwork for business success.

Storm Operative Security is compliant with BS7499, Providing Security Services, and BS7858, Vetting of Personnel Working in the Security Industry. See our accreditations page for more information.


Posted by Andrew Miller

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