We asked Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive, National Security Inspectorate (NSI). How can standards and codes of practice help to protect people, properties and assets in 2019?
Standards for Security and Fire Safety
Security and fire safety will continue to be at the forefront of the public consciousness in 2019. Questions are being asked more frequently than ever before as to how people, properties and assets can be best protected. All purchasers, from domestic to commercial and community environments, should be confident that companies delivering security and fire safety services are working to the highest standards.
In a demand-driven market, consumers will ask for proof of competence as part of their selection criteria, those providers leading the way will be in a position to visibly demonstrate their competence and operate to a set of recognised standards serving as a benchmark for working practices.
Developing codes of practice
As a certification body, a user-centric approach forms the basis for developing standards and codes of practice. For example, our recently upgraded code of practice, NCP 104.3 (based on BS EN 62676-4 requirements), for the design, installation and maintenance of CCTV systems is a case in point.
The Code interprets British and international Standards and takes a structured approach, ensuring the design and installation of video surveillance systems are undertaken while assessing operational risks and with the full engagement of client and users. Companies working to this and other user-centric standards are creating a successful framework for their business, facilitating best practice.
Understanding latest technology is critical to a sustainable future for any business today, both in countering threats such as cyber and in bringing benefits of enhanced security arrangements often driving efficiency within the business itself.
Those security providers continually developing stronger working relationships between their own teams, law enforcement agencies and the local community, as well as keeping abreast of new technologies, latest codes of practice, industry standards and ways of working will be best placed to tackle threats and help keep people and property safe.