Security Industry Authority’s Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS)
Ward Security Holdings Ltd currently holds SIA Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) for the provision of Security Guarding, CCTV, Door Supervision and Keyholding. The objective of the SIA’s ACS scheme is to raise performance standards and to assist the private security industry in developing new opportunities. The scheme is voluntary and was developed in consultation with representatives from across the industry; it only covers those parts of the industry that are regulated by the SIA and the Private Security Industry Act. There is a single scheme, with sector-specific approval based on a relevant set of qualifying criteria.
Choosing an ACS accredited supplier for the provision of your contract security services will help you to meet your security obligations to your staff, shareholders and other stakeholders.
Approved contractors are demonstrably committed to customer service and the compulsory licensing of their staff. This means their customers can rest assured that every private security operative deployed on their premises will be working within the law (unless we have withdrawn the company’s authority to deploy staff whose licence applications are pending, which can be via the public Register of Approved Contractors).
Investors in People Gold
The Investors in People National Standard is a framework for improving business performance and competitiveness, through a planned approach to setting and communicating business objectives and developing people to meet these objectives. The result is what people can and are motivated to do matches what the organisation needs them to do. Investors in People is cyclical and should engender the culture of continuous improvement. Ward Security has been awarded the Gold standard which puts us in the top 3.2% of awarded companies.
Achieving the Standard
Being recognised as an “Investor in People” involves a number of steps:
Understanding the Standard and it’s strategic implications for your organisation
Undertaking a review against the Standard to identify any gaps in current practice
Making the commitment to meet the Standard and communicating that commitment to all members of staff
Planning and taking action, to bring about change
Bringing together the evidence for assessment against the Standard
Recognition as an Investor in People
ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & BS OHSAS 18001
The ISO 9001 series of standards form the foundation and framework for an effective management system within any type of business. The standards were developed and published by the International Organisation for Standardisation or ISO and have over 110 member countries. Increased global competition has lead to higher customer expectations with regard to quality.
Improved Customer Satisfaction
Greater Quality Awareness
Higher Real and Perceived Quality
Positive Cultural Change
Increased Market Share
Ward Security is certified to ISO9001:2008 standard for for the provision of Security Services including Security Guarding in accordance with BS7499, Dog Handling in accordance with BS8517 Part 1 and Part 2, CCTV in accordance with BS7958, Keyholding in accordance with BS7984, Door Supervision in accordance with BS7960 and Personnel Screening in accordance with BS7858. For copy of our certificate, click here.
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The ISO 14001 series of standards relates to environmental management that exists to help organisations (a) minimize how their operations (processes etc.) negatively affect the environment (i.e. cause adverse changes to air, water, or land); (b) comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements, and (c) continually improve in the above.
Ward Security is certified to ISO14001:2004 for the provision of Security Services including Security Guarding in accordance with BS7499, Dog Handling in accordance with BS8517 Part 1 and Part 2, CCTV in accordance with BS7958, Keyholding in accordance with BS7984, Door Supervision in accordance with BS7960 and Personnel Screening in accordance with BS7858. For copy of our certificate, please click here.
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BS OHSAS 18001:2007 is principally a recognised set of rules which companies implement with the aim of managing health & safety issues and associated hazards within their company.
The main outputs from such a management system are procedures and methods which enable companies to identify, reduce, mitigate and control health & safety concerns within their business.
Ward Security is certified to BS OHSAS 18001:2007 for the provision of Security Services including Security Guarding in accordance with BS7499, Dog Handling in accordance with BS8517 Part 1 and Part 2, CCTV in accordance with BS7958, Keyholding in accordance with BS7984, Door Supervision in accordance with BS7960 and Personnel Screening in accordance with BS7858. For copy of our certificate, please click here.
For more information on the BS OHSAS 18001, click here.
SAFE Contractor Scheme
Clients have a legal obligation to ensure that external contractors and service providers working on their premises operate in a safe way.
There is therefore a need to assess contractors health & safety arrangements and increasingly this is being carried out through SAFEcontractor. Many large organisations now use Safecontractor as their primary means of selecting contractors.
British Safety Council
The British Safety Council is one of the world’s leading occupational health, safety and environmental organisations. Founded in 1957, it now has a turnover of more than £9 million. As well as being a member company, Ward Security Limited is also a registered centre with the BSC to deliver the Level 1 Certificate in Health and Safety at Work and hold examinations at our head office location on dates and at times of our choice, using learning materials supplied by the BSC which lead to a nationally-recognised qualification.
Local authority health and safety and procurement professionals, with the support of the Health and Safety Executive, have developed the Contractor Health and Safety assessment scheme (CHAS). The scheme is available for use by any public and private sector organizations to use when short listing contractors, suppliers and consultants (companies) who apply to work for them. It provides information about the health and safety part of their application. Companies apply to join the scheme so everyone knows they meet acceptable standards of health and safety compliance.
Ward Security have been successfully assessed and found to be complaint with all Health & Safety legislation, and as such, are a CHAS accredited Company.
ContractorPlus is a relatively new set of framework that provides clients with a robust contractor health and safety pre-qualification system. It demonstrates commitment towards health and safety and this framework uses a comprehensive criterion for approval.
NASDU promotes Welfare, Standards, Training and Education within the Security Dog Sector and offers support and guidance to its membership. NASDU is recognized within the security industry by the Security Industry Authority (S.I.A.), Skills for Security, BSIA, IPSA together with the Home Office, ACPO, MOD, DEFRA, BSI, as well as Animal Welfare Groups like the RSPCA and local Authority Dog Wardens. Ward Security has successfully passed the external inspection, and as such, are Inspected Members of NASDU.
The Approved Contract Scheme Pacesetters membership is made up of Contract Security Guarding Companies who are in the top 5% benchmarking and achievement levels set by the Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor Scheme.
Ward Security scored 170 in the last SIA ACS audit and successfully achieved ACS Pacesetters Accreditation
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