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Security Officers standard published

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01 November 2011

Standards Australia has published a revised Guard and Patrol Security Services Standard (AS/NZS 4421) in conjunction with Standards New Zealand.

“In light of the growing role performed by security officers, the revised Standard reflects stakeholder demand for a more robust set of standards for the industry and broader community,” said Colin Blair, Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia.

Mr Blair said the Standard was developed by a range interested parties including security providers, insurance and policing.

The Standard specifies the perceived minimum requirements that are attainable by all security companies, regardless of size. Requirements of the Standard include:

• Full pre-employment enquiries are made to ensure only suitably qualified people are recruited. This covers physical and mental aptitude, language ability, personal documentation and relevant licensing;
• Employers of security services shall ensure a current and relevant safe work methods statement is in place for each site as part of the organization’s health and safety commitment;
• Where employment is on an occasional or part-time basis, pre-employment checks should be as rigorous as for full-time employees;
• The alarm response service for each client shall be categorised in accordance with the time it takes to reach the alarm site from the point of alarm activation.

The Standard supersedes AS 4421, 1996, Guards and Patrols. The Standard has been revised at the request of providers of protective security services to better reflect the way the industry now operates.

“The Standard reflects the growing complexity of the industry as well as the more demanding nature of the role of security guards,” Mr Blair said.

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