British Standard 7858:2019
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British Standard 7858:2019 Security Vetting Standard
National Vetting Solutions UK are the highest accredited and certified security vetting company in the UK with compliance guaranteed.
Security BS7858 (British Standard 7858) Screening concerns the vetting and Pre-Employment Screening of persons employed or to be employed in an environment where the security and safety of people, property or goods is a requirement of the employing organisation.
We ensure that your BS7858 security vetting is completed to the exact standard which is why we guarantee 100% pass audit rate on all your screening files.
We provide the fastest and most cost effective Security vetting screening solution under the British Standard 7858 Screening. Our service is a completely online solution, making screening faster and more secure than ever.
We screen all your staff to BS7858:2019 standard with ISO 9001 (UKAS) policies and procedures and guarantee 100% pass audit on all your completed staff security vetting reports.
In 2019, the old standard for vetting of security staff was withdrawn. It has been replaced with BS7858:2019 ‘Security screening of individuals employed in a security environment – Code of Practice’. The new standard replaced the former code with an updated view of how security employees should be vetted.
This is why we are the company security firms trust to manage their staff security vetting process and all of our staff are BS7858 certified screener’s. Security guarding companies require each staff member to obtain British Standard 7858 (2019) screening to gain or maintain their ACS accreditation.
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The BS7858:2019 standard and workflow
National Vetting Solutions Workflow
2. Applicant completes online vetting application form
3. Free dedicated support centre available to applicants
4. Client approves application form to be security vetted
2. All adverse information passed on to client
3. Completed security standard reports sent to client
4. Guaranteed 100% pass rate on all security vetting files
2. Full Managed Service
3. Full Audit Trail
4. Full Quality and Compliance assurance
BS7858:2019 Standard Changes
BS7858 was last updated in 2012. This year the British Standards Institutions have released a new edition BS7858:2019. This has brought the standard up to date and features a number of changes.
The BS7858 standard was changed to become an absolute minimum within any form of security vetting, in fact more and more companies now outside the security industry are using this as the British Standard and minimum vetting for all their employees.
Change of scope
Possibly the biggest change is the change of scope.
In the old document, the standard concerned the security sector however the standard has now been amended to apply to any business that deals with security screening and indeed we would argue that it is the blue ribband for any company wanting background checking of their employees.
Another large change is the ‘top management’ requirement.
This is in line with the focus in recent years shifting to corporate social responsibility and compliance.
We have already seen many organisations and regulations such as GDPR and the FCA that specifically require top management to become engaged and take an active interest in compliance and BS7858:2019 follows that trend.
By ‘Top Management’ the standard means the people controlling the organisation at the highest level and it can be argued that this is a response to the ever-increasing requirement for businesses to fully engage with compliance requirements such as GDPR.
The standard gives a list of commitments that managers should sign up to including;
A risk-based approach to hiring
The standard now takes a ‘risk-based’ approach to the employment of individuals.
The idea is that the standard shouldn’t be used to block hiring simply because of an adverse result, instead, managers are encouraged to assess the risk on an individual basis.
Managers shouldn’t simply reject any candidate who has an adverse finding as a result of the screening process. In fact, they should reject the candidate only if they are not suitable for the role.
For example, a higher level of risk is attached to people who have direct responsibility for the company bank account and the organisation would be justified in rejecting someone who has a history of theft offenses.
In the new BS7858 standard, it has been made clear that the responsibility for the security and effectiveness of the screening process rests with the organisation itself.
This means that even when outsourcing to another company, the employers still retain ultimate responsibility for the process. although you outsource your vetting to ourselves we are a certified BS7858 Training centre and can train your internal auditors on the standard fully and issue certified Skills for security certificates for all your internal staff that come in contact with the BS7858 security vetting files.
One of the requirements in the old standard was the need to collect personal character references.
In the new standard, this has been dropped as it was seen as too easy to abuse.