This is the final part of the 3 article series on the PSA28:2013 standard for the Irish security industry. Last weeks article on the management of threats and violence by security employers received a lot of feedback on what companies were doing well and what they weren’t doing so well. I suspect this article will be the same. This week we will talk about the training and operational requirements contained in the standard and how they are being interpreted on the ground.
Last week we started off talking about the contents of the PSA 28:2013 standard for the security industry. It was supposed to be a two-part article concluding this week and with a look at the training and operations area of the sector. However there is a subject which should have been covered in last weeks section that I think needs a section all to itself. That subject is the management of threats and violence. Its about the process which companies are obliged to undertake to deal with these risks. I’ll discuss what is required, where I see the failings and what can be done to make the industry safer for both the employee and the employer.
I recently submitted a query to the Private Security Authority with regard to individual security operatives offering their services as sole traders to companies.
I received a very prompt response from the standards department which I have put below.
No real surprises but it does provide clarification for those of you who asked.
This article is mainly aimed towards managers responsible for training within organisations but there are lessons to be learned for everybody in here.I deliver training all over the country to a huge diversity of sectors and people. I deliver long courses, short courses and online courses. The organisations I work with range from small businesses to large multi nationals and government bodies. There is only one thing that every single training course we run has in common and that is that somebody has identified A TRAINING NEED around security.
Part 1 – Control Room Principles and practice
Whenever we think about running a successful security function a key element of the task is always command and control. If we get the command and control functions operating smoothly then the security functions usually follows suit. One of the key elements of a successful command and control function is the security control room. Over the next two articles I want to discuss this important element of the security team and talk about some good and bad practices.