The business standards company BSI has revised the BS 7960 Door supervision – Code of practice standard to accommodate changes in the legal requirements for door security staff.
The updated standard gives recommendations for the organisation and management of companies providing door supervision services, whether contracted or in-house, to licensed premises or events.
A ‘Response to Emergencies’ section replaces the previous ‘Contingency Plan for Security’, and guidance for door security personnel on how to handle emergencies such as performing first aid on a vulnerable person, responding appropriately to a terrorist attack or other large-scale emergency has been introduced.
Anne Hayes, head of Market Development for Governance and Resilience at BSI, said: “Professional door supervisors fulfil a crucial role not only in providing security for premises but in upholding the safety and wellbeing of individuals on their premises. In developing BS 7960, we worked closely with private security firms to ascertain what door security personnel need to do their job as safely and effectively as possible.”
As well as public and private organisations requiring the use of door supervisors, the standard is expected to be particularly relevant to the Institute of Professional Investigators, Ex-Police in Industry and Commerce (EPIC), the Association of Security Consultants, and the National Association of Security Dog Users (NASDU).
The changing face of the labour market has also been acknowledged, with the new standard now referring to the deployment rather than employment of door security personnel. A new clause has been added to ensure the requirements of the standard are still met when the door security personnel is working for a subcontractor.
All organisations involved in the development of the standard include: the British Security Industry Association; National Security Inspectorate; Security Industry Authority; the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS); International Professional Security Association (IPSA); Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB); IQ Verify; TSS Security UK Ltd; SecuriGroup Ltd; Virtual Compliance Manager Ltd; Mitchells & Butlers Retail Ltd; Assist Security Ltd; and other independent experts.