High Risk Screening Package - Veremark BS7858 Security Standard Check

The UK standard for screening of people employed in the security sector and other secure environments

Our platform allows you to order a package of checks to screen toward the BS7858 standard. This can be ordered as and when needed, without opening an account, paying a joining fee or committing to a lengthy contract.


British Standards Institution, as set out in the British Standard 7858:2019, gives detailed recommendations on how to screen individuals working in a secure environment. This was originally intended for use by the security industry, however the standard can be applied to any industry which employs people who are expected to work within secure environments, from employees with access to IT infrastructure and laboratories working with sensitive substances or technology, through to cleaners employed in secure environments such as government buildings.

A secure environment is defined as anywhere that an insider could steal or threaten the integrity of data, information, or other physical or intellectual assets; or threaten peoples’ safety. The security industry’s workforce is regulated by the Security Industry Authority(SIA) and employers must be able to demonstrate their compliance to the applicable British Standards, including BS7858. Agencies which offer employee screening packages under the Approved Contractor Scheme must also follow this standard.

In addition, it is highly recommended that this standard is used as the basis for screening  by any organisation outside of the security sector who also wants to screen people employed in sensitives areas, such as critical infrastructure sites and those with access to sensitive information, materials or technology. This might include:
• Facilities management companies
• Human resource departments
• Retail sector
• Sports/entertainment sector
• Local government

Some insurers also require BS 7858 as a part of the policy conditions and have additional requirements for screening, e.g. a longer screening period.

Screening results will allow you to obtain sufficient information to make an informed decision on employing an individual in a secure environment.

What happens after you place an order?

Once you have provided the contact details for your staff, we will email them and ask them to visit our secure portal to complete a quick form providing the necessary information to start the checks. The following details are required:
• Name and surname
• Date of birth
• Addresses for the last 6 years and the dates lived there
• National Insurance number
• Two ID documents (usually Passport and Driving licence)
• 5 years of employment references

Once we receive all the results these will be emailed to you immediately, unless during the ordering process you specify that you prefer to download the results from our platform.

In that case we will send you the details on how to access our portal.

Turnaround times in different countries
South Korea
United Kingdom (UK)
United States (US)
High Risk Package includes
  • UK Online Identity Check
  • UK Criminal Record (Basic)
  • Last 5 Years of Employment Check
  • UK Credit Check
  • UK Directorship Search
  • Global Fraud / Sanctions Search
excl. VAT


What background check do I need?

This depends on the industry and type of role you are recruiting for. To determine whether you need reference checks, identity checks, bankruptcy checks, civil background checks, credit checks for employment or any of the other background checks we offer, chat to our team of dedicated account managers.

Why should employers check the background of potential employees?

Many industries have compliance-related employment check requirements. And even if your industry doesn’t, remember that your staff have access to assets and data that must be protected. When you employ a new staff member you need to be certain that they have the best interests of your business at heart. Carrying out comprehensive background checking helps mitigate risk and ensures a safer hiring decision.

How long do background checks take?

Again, this depends on the type of checks you need. Simple identity checks can be carried out in as little as a few hours but a worldwide criminal background check for instance might take several weeks. A simple pre-employment check package takes around a week. Our account managers are specialists and can provide detailed information into which checks you need and how long they will take.

Can you do a background check online?

All Veremark checks are carried out online and digitally. This eliminates the need to collect, store and manage paper documents and information making the process faster, more efficient and ensures complete safety of candidate data and documents.

What are the benefits of a background check?

In a competitive marketplace, making the right hiring decisions is key to the success of your company. Employment background checks enables you to understand more about your candidates before making crucial decisions which can have either beneficial or catastrophic effects on your business.

What does a background check show?

Background checks not only provide useful insights into a candidate’s work history, skills and education, but they can also offer richer detail into someone’s personality and character traits. This gives you a huge advantage when considering who to hire. Background checking also ensures that candidates are legally allowed to carry out certain roles, failed criminal and credit checks could prevent them from working with vulnerable people or in a financial function.

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