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Code of Practice 119 for Security and Events Sectors

The procurement of additional labour for those within the security, guarding and events sector is a common practice that provides companies with much needed flexibility when needed for larger events or busier seasons.

However, when this procurement is not properly managed, it can lead to poor practices that affect the integrity of the supply chain, exploits workers and potentially risks the safety of the public. This can often be seen in the absence of proper security screening to BS 7858, lack of adequate controls regarding SIA licensing and the failure to adhere to Working Time Regulations, minimum wage, employment status, checks on right to work and PAYE.

What is COP 119?

COP 119 is a code of practice for security agency providers that is designed to help improve security guarding service provisions to ensure that security standards are not compromised, but properly maintained whilst fulfilling the necessary contractual requirements.

This code of practice has been developed to enable those providing labour to security companies to be able to demonstrate best practice. This is achieved by gaining independent certification for the ‘Provision of labour in the security and events sector’ which requires your company be audited against the requirements of COP 119.

Not only does gaining approval to this code of practice demonstrate your commitment to meeting statutory and legislative requirements but also to the relevant social, environmental and governance criteria within which the provision of service is delivered.

Contractors that procure additional labour in order to support their service delivery can use approval to this COP as a procurement requirement, helping to ensure the quality, safety and reputation of their business.

Code of Practice Approval

Gaining certification provides assurance that suppliers have been audited against the requirements in this code of practice for which they must be able to provide a valid Certificate of Approval issued by either NSI, ACM-CCAS or SSAIB.

Here are some examples of the types of checks that will be carried out during the audit in order to demonstrate compliance to relevant objectives:

  • Structures
  • Finances
  • Payroll
  • Insurance
  • Premises
  • Screening
  • Training
  • Terms and conditions
  • Uniform
  • Contractual documentation
  • Contacts
  • Personnel
  • Suppliers
  • Confidentiality
  • Retention

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Could COP 119 Benefit Your Business?

At JR Consultants, our experts are on hand to help you navigate the often complicated and time-consuming process of compliance. We can even visit your suppliers ourselves to make sure that they adhere to the Code of Practice and are properly able to demonstrate their commitment to meeting statutory and legislative requirements as well as the provision of services delivered regarding relevant social, environmental and governance criteria.

Our consultancy services provide the experience and knowledge required to create a simple, straight forward path to approval for COP 119. If you would like to know more about the Code of Practice 119 or would like to speak to someone about how it could benefit your business then please do not hesitate to get in touch and a member of our dedicated team will be happy to help.

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