Security and Vetting
BS7858 is a law of practice for the Security screening of individuals employed in a security environment. This British Standard helps employers to screen security help before they employ them. It gives best-practice recommendations and sets the standard for the security screening of staff in a terrain where the safety of people, goods or property is essential. This includes data security, sensitive and service contracts and nonpublic records. It can also be applied to situations where security screening is in the public’s interest.
We can carry out audits on your behalf or provide you with the training and tools for your staff to successfully carry out these audits themselves.
We can support you through the audit process to achieve accreditation and implement continuous improvement to maintain the standard.
Screening Policies and Procedures
Screening applies to all employees including acquisitions, transfers and subcontractors. The policies and procedures need to cover security screening working practices and should be regularly reviewed and updated. Procedures should also cover clearing desks, locking filing cabinets, security shredding and the control of access to computers and data storage media.
We can provide document templates for all aspects of security clearance including reference enquiries, application forms and statutory declarations
The standard ensures that an organisation does not employ individuals whose career or history indicates that they may be a risk in the role, given that such employment might allow opportunities for illicit personal gain or breaches of security.
It is important for all screening procedures and data recorded to comply with relevant legislation including the Information Commissioner’s Employment Practice Codes, covering the Data Protection Act, and relevant employment law.