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The SIA’s quality assurance scheme for the private security industry

The SIA Approved Contractor Scheme provides, for the first time, a universally recognised hallmark of quality for suppliers of private security services. The ACS accreditation mark enables procurers of private security services to distinguish between potential suppliers quickly, accurately, and objectively. It provides assurance that the accredited provider has met a clearly defined and independently assessed set of quality standards throughout their business.

To achieve certification under the SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS), each applicant needs to meet the requirements of the seven main headings beginning with “Criterion 1 – Strategy” through to “Criterion 7 – Leadership”. All of the criteria consist of key indicators of good practice, which can be found by clicking here, alongside the ACS assessment process.

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What is ISO 9001 certification?

ISO 9001 is the world’s most recognised quality management system standard, established by the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO).

ISO 9001 helps organisations implement clear, repeatable processes to maintain a quality service for their customers every time.

Achieving ISO 9001 accreditation will help you establish a Quality Management System (QMS) that will help you increase productivity, win new business and save money.

Discover everything you need to know about ISO 9001 in our Essential Guide to ISO 9001.

Benefits of ISO 9001 certification

  •  Win more business
  •  Create consistent, repeatable processes
  •  Stand out from competitors
  •  Improve efficiency
  •  Impress existing clients
  •  Engage your staff
  •  Achieve operational excellence
  •  Suitable for all businesses
  •  Save money

National Threat levels

There are 5 levels of threat:

  • low – an attack is highly unlikely
  • moderate – an attack is possible but not likely
  • substantial – an attack is likely
  • severe – an attack is highly likely
  • critical – an attack is highly likely in the near future.

COP 119 includes solutions for:

  • An absence of adequate checks and monitoring of deployed security officer SIA licences
  • Security screening to BS 7858
  • Adherence to working time regulations
  • Paying of minimum wage
  • Right to work checks
  • Employment Status

What are the benefits of COP 119?

Gaining approval of this code of practice will enable you to demonstrate your commitment to meeting statuary and legal requirements and to the social, environmental and governance criteria within which the provision of service is delivered.

Contractors use COP 119 as a requirement when acquiring additional labour and using the COP 119 code ensures the quality, safety and reputation of their business while using your services.

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