Door supervision – Code of practice

BS 7960:2016

Door supervision. Code of practice

Status : Current, Under review   Published : October 2016



BS 7960:2016 - Door supervision – Code of practice

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is responsible for regulating the private security industry. An SIA licence is required if you undertake the licensable activities of a door supervisor. Unless your employer or company has been given an exemption under Section 4(4) of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, it is a criminal offence to undertake the licensable activities of a door supervisor without an SIA licence. Conformity with the recommendations in BS 7960 can demonstrate compliance with the SIA’s licence requirements.

Who is the standard for?

The standard is aimed at the private security industry, specifically security companies providing door supervision services.

What does the standard cover?

It gives recommendations for the organization, staffing, operation and management of companies providing door supervision services to licensed premises or events, and to other individuals, companies, organizations and designated premises supervisors who provide or employ door supervisors.

How is the 2016 standard different from the 2005 version?

Additional training requirements have been added in line with the mandatory SIA developed training modules for door supervisors introduced from 1 November 2013. This additional 'Level 2 Award for Up-Skilling' requirement includes:

  • The completion of training in physical intervention skills
  • The demonstration of
    • knowledge in areas of first aid
    • awareness of terrorist threats and
    • considerations in dealing with children and young people

The additional course material will ensure door supervisors can identify vulnerable people and know what steps to take to help protect them.

Additionally the updated standard ensures that the code of practice targets the end-user at a practical rather than a business process level to understand a client’s strategy, joint contingency and assessment of all stakeholders’ financial wellbeing.

Standard NumberBS 7960:2016
TitleDoor supervision. Code of practice
StatusCurrent, Under review
Publication Date31 October 2016
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS 7858
Informative References(Provided for Information)Data Protection Act 1998, BS ISO/IEC 17799, Companies Act 2006, Licensing Order 1996, Licensing Act 2005, Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, BS ISO 10002, Private Security Industry Act 2001, Licensing Act 2003, Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, BS ISO/IEC 27001, PD 5454
ReplacesBS 7960:2005
Draft Superseded By16/30328858 DC
DescriptorsEntertainment facilities, Training, Bars (refreshment facilities), Security personnel, Law, Refreshment facilities, Contracts, Anti-vandalism measures, Recruitment, Records (documents), Security, Conditions of employment, Legislation, Personnel management, Surveys, Consumer-supplier relations, Private enterprises
ISBN978 0 580 91363 1
File Size1.425 MB

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