BS 7499:2020 Provision of static guarding security services. Code of practice

BS 7499:2020

Provision of static guarding security services. Code of practice

Status : Current   Published : April 2020



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What is this standard about?

This is a code of practice giving recommendations on how to provide static security guarding services.  

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?

It gives recommendations for the management, staffing and operation of an organization providing security guarding services on a static site.

NOTE 1: It does not apply to all security services, for example cash-in-transit services, secure parcel services, keyholding and response services, mobile patrol services, door supervisors, close protection services, event stewarding and the management and operation of closed-circuit television (CCTV).

NOTE 2: Recommendations for cash-in-transit services, CCTV, door supervisors, keyholding and response services, mobile patrol services, and event stewarding are given in BS 7872, BS 7958, BS 7960, BS 7984-1, BS 7984-3, and BS 8406 respectively.

What’s changed in this update?

BS 7499:2020 is a radically revised standard. When BS 7499:2013 was being reviewed 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 a 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:

  • 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
  • This 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 7499:2020
TitleProvision of static guarding security services. Code of practice
Publication Date30 April 2020
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)PD 6662, BS 7858, BS EN 50131-1, BS 10800:2020
Informative References(Provided for Information)Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Working Time (Amendment) Regulation 2003, BS 7984-3, BS 7960, BS 8406, BS 7872, BS 7984-1, Private Security Industry Act 2001, BS 7958
ReplacesBS 7499:2013
Draft Superseded By19/30386925 DC
DescriptorsSecurity personnel, Alarm systems, Consumer-supplier relations, Training, Safety measures, Anti-burglar measures, Security systems in buildings, Conditions of employment, Anti-vandalism measures, Management, Security, Vehicles, Service industries
ISBN978 0 539 02994 9
File Size717 KB

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