The importance of Screening Event and Security Staff

The following information is provided on the basis of providing assistance in gaining an understand the importance of screening staff that are being deployed on events. It should be noted that this information is based on the UK standards and vetting process. (if you have information in regards to other countries, please get in touch and we will share.)

Employees are often referred to as a company’s greatest asset. How well do you know your employees? Especially new employees or potential employees,  who are about to join the company? Errors in at this stage can be harmful to your company. Pre-employment interviewing can only gain so much information , but is there sufficient information to enable a secure decision to be made about their enrolment and deployment?

Pre-employment Screening is the process of looking at specific areas of suitability for employment. BS 7858 – 2012 is the code of practice for screening developed by the British Standards Institution, used widely in the security industry, and is now applicable to and being adopted by many other business sectors.

The 2012 (current) Standard requires:

• Establishing identity, nationality and residence
• Employment history
• Personal references
• Financial checks
• Criminal records check

When deploying to an even, many employers rely on the screening of the SIA during the process of gain an SIA badge. But, are all your employees SIA qualifies staff? Do you deploy safety stewards? What have you done to screen them. They have the same access to your sites and secure areas.

The importance of screening of all staff is vital to the security and safeguarding of your events.



BS7858 – Security screening of individuals employed in a security environment. Code of Practice

This British Standard helps employers to screen security personnel before they employ them. It gives best-practice recommendations, sets the standard for the security screening of staff in an environment where the safety of people, goods or property is essential. This includes data security, sensitive and service contracts and confidential records. It can also be applied to situations where security screening is in the public’s interest.

It sets out all the necessary requirements to conduct a security screening process. It covers ancillary staff, acquisitions and transfers, and the security conditions of contractors and subcontractors. It also looks at information relating to the Rehabilitation of Offenders and Data Protection Acts.

BS7858-Screening-of-Security-Staff – PDF Copy


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The aim of this guidance

This document provides detailed information of good practice in pre-employment screening, an important element of any personnel security regime. It includes a range of advice and guidance from government and other organisations as a ‘one-stop’ reference handbook focusing on:

  • verifying identity
  • verifying the right to work in the United Kingdom (UK)
  • confirming employment history and qualifications
  • verifying criminal recordsThis guidance is intended to support those within organisations which form part of the UK national infrastructure (NI), such as Human Resources (HR) and Security departments, who have responsibility for pre-employment screening. It may also be of value to the wider business community, and we would encourage these organisations to use this guidance as they see fit.Whilst this guidance aims to be as comprehensive as possible, it is not exhaustive. CPNI recommends that organisations seek professional advice, especially on employment law, when implementing or amending their personnel security measures.This guidance should be read in conjunction with other CPNI publications, in particular:
  • Good Practice Guide on Pre-Employment Screening – Document Verification
  • How to obtain an Overseas Criminal Record Check
  • Media Screening – Use of the Internet in Employment Decisions: a good practice guide
  • Personnel Security Risk Assessment: a guide
  • Ongoing Personnel Security: a good practice guide
  • Personnel Security in Offshore Centres
  • Personnel Security and Contractors: a good practice guide for employers


So what are the changes?

• Document lay out improved • Additional definitions
• Better consistency

Screening and Vetting Job Candidates to British Standard 7858

From British Security Standards Explained, the forthcoming book by Mike Lynskey of Lynskey Associates. Aimed at anyone who surveys, specifies, installs or services security installations, it distils and explains the British Security Standards, offering hints and tips too. It is, says Mike, “the book I desperately needed when I started installing nearly 40 years ago and nobody has written – until now.”


Published on Jan 30, 2017

Published on Feb 7, 2017