BS 10800:2020 Provision of security services – Code of practice

BS 10800:2020

Provision of security services. Code of practice

Status : Current   Published : April 2020



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What is this standard about?

This new standard has been introduced to sit at the top of the national security services standards hierarchy. It contains all the generic recommendations required for the provision of any security service.

Who is this standard for?

It’s for security services providers and users, which encompasses:

  • SIA Approved Contractors
  • Organizations providing security services
  • Organizations installing alarm systems
  • Those responsible for security systems in buildings
  • Security service training officers
  • Facilities management companies
  • Security companies
  • The retail, sports, entertainment and airports sectors
  • Prisons, probation and police services
  • Local government

Why should you use this standard?

Sitting at the top of the national security services standards hierarchy, BS 10800 gives recommendations for the management, staffing and operation of an organization providing security industry services.

The service-specific security standards (e.g. for manned security, or security dogs, or cash and valuables in transit services, etc) now sit under the “umbrella” of this standard.

To avoid duplicating the same text, the subordinate standards now reference BS 10800 where necessary. For example, previously every standard included clauses on insurance and documented information. As they are revised, they will in future say: “The organization should follow the recommendations of BS 10800:2020, 7.3”.

What’s changed in this update?

BS 10800 is a new standard. When BS 7499:2013 was being revised it was realized that it was doing “treble duty” – acting as a code of practice on static site guarding, a code of practice on mobile patrol services, and being used as general standard on the provision of security services.

It meant users were potentially getting a lot content that wasn’t relevant to them. Also that there was a lot of duplication throughout the security standards portfolio. Therefore the decision was made to split BS 7499 into three standards:

  • This standard, BS 10800:2020, which contains the provision of security services content previously found in the old BS 7499, and which forms the new, overarching standard
  • BS 7499:2020 which is a revised code of practice, now only covering static guarding security services
  • BS 7984-3:2020, which is a new code of practice on the provision of mobile security services


Standard NumberBS 10800:2020
TitleProvision of security services. Code of practice
Publication Date30 April 2020
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS 7858
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS EN ISO/IEC 27002, BS 7499, BS 8507-2, Equality Act 2010, BS 7872, BS 7984-1, BS EN 16893, BS 8507-1, Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969, BS 8523, BS 7960, BS 8406, BS 4971, BS 7984-3, BS ISO 10002, BS 7958, BS 7984-2, BS 8517-1, National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015, BS EN ISO/IEC 27001, Working Time Regulations 2003, Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, BS 10600, BS 8517-2, BS 8593, BS 8484, Road Traffic Act 1988
Draft Superseded By19/30378964 DC
DescriptorsTraining, Conditions of employment, Consumer-supplier relations, Management, Security personnel, Alarm systems, Security systems in buildings, Vehicles, Anti-vandalism measures, Service industries, Anti-burglar measures, Security, Safety measures
ISBN978 0 539 01250 7
File Size791 KB

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