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.
High Risk Package
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- Last 5 Years of Employment Check
- UK Credit Check
- UK Directorship Search
- Global Fraud / Sanctions Search