BS 10800:2020 + Expert Commentary Kit

BS 10800:2020 + Expert Commentary Kit

Provision of security services. Code of practice

Status : Current   Published : May 2020


What is included in the kit? 

You will receive two documents: a copy of the standard and the Expert Commentary document, with detailed information on the revision of BS 10800 done by industry experts.

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 + Expert Commentary Kit
TitleProvision of security services. Code of practice
Titles in this kitBS 10800:2020 Provision of security services. Code of practice

BS 10800:2020 Expert Commentary Expert Commentary for BS 10800:2020. Code of Practice for the provision of security services

Publication Date01 May 2020
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)No other standards are informatively referenced
DescriptorsService industries, Security personnel, Management, Alarm systems, Training, Security systems in buildings, Vehicles, Consumer-supplier relations, Conditions of employment, Anti-burglar measures, Safety measures, Anti-vandalism measures, Security
ISBN978 0 539 13760 6
File Size0 KB

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