Guidance: Buy the British standards that apply to private security

Security Industry Authority

January 24
16:04 2023

You should read the British standards if:

  • you want to be an SIA approved contractor (following the British standards is a condition of approval)
  • you own or manage a private security company and you want to make sure that your company follows industry best practice
  • you work in the private security industry and you want a better understanding of the standards that you should be working to

The standards that relate to the private security industry are:

  • BS 10800: Provision of Security Services.
  • BS 7858: Screening of individuals working in a secure environment
  • BS 7958: Closed circuit television (CCTV) - Management and operation
  • BS 7499: Provision of static guarding security services
  • BS 7960: Door supervision
  • BS 7872: Manned Security Services - Cash and valuables in transit services (collection and delivery)
  • BS 7984-1: Keyholding and response services - General recommendations for keyholding and response services
  • BS 7984-2: Keyholding and response services - Lone worker response services
  • BS 7984-3 Keyholding and response services. Provision of mobile security services
  • BS 8507-1: Code of practice for close protection services - services within the United Kingdom
  • BS 8507-2: Code of practice for close protection services - services outside the United Kingdom
  • BS 8517-1: Security Dogs - The use of general-purpose security dogs
  • BS 8584: Vacant property protection services
  • BS 8593: Code of practice for the deployment and use of Body Worn Video (BWV)

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has agreed to supply these standards at 30% below the catalogue price. You must order the standards using this BSI order form (ODT, 41.4 KB) to qualify for the discount.

The BSI will send your order direct to your business address. You do not need to pay VAT, and postage and packing is included. If you have any questions about your order, please contact the BSI using the contact details on the order form.

We have agreed this discount with the BSI to help reduce the costs of regulation. We do not profit financially from any order you place for British standards.

Other standards you may find useful

The BSI may also supply other standards at a 30% discount, at their discretion.

If you want to be an approved contractor, you may want to buy other standards that relate to business improvement. Some examples are:

  • BS ISO 10002:2018 Customer satisfaction - Guidelines for complaints handling in organizations
  • BS EN ISO 22301:2019 Security and resilience - Business continuity management systems
  • BS EN ISO 14001:2015 Environmental management systems - requirements with guidance for use
Published 30 September 2020
Last updated 24 January 2023 +show all updates
  1. Replaced the BSI order form with a newer version.

  2. Updated the list of the standards that relate to the private security industry and replaced the BSI order form with a newer version.

  3. Replaced the BSI order form with a newer version.

  4. Removed references to our online courses, as we have closed our e-learning site.

  5. Replaced the BSI order form with a newer version.

  6. First published.

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