By Peter Kelly, Marketing Manager, G4S Services (Irl.) Ltd.
a sector. The issue of what is a licensable activity and when someone is breaking the law on licensing became a key point at my presentation and it may be helpful to elaborate on this topic. The Private Security Services Act 2004 sets out who should be licensed. Before the PSA formally introduce licensing for a sector they are a number of processes to be followed. The first requires a determination as to whether the security activity is covered by the Act – is it a licensable activity. Once determined in the positive the PSA has an internal process to adopt including the determination of fees and relevant secondary legislation such as the drafting and signing of a legal statutory instrument. To date, the guarding sector, intruder alarm sector, the monitoring sector and cash in transit sector are all licensable activities for which fees and statutory instruments have been concluded. An important point to be aware of is that the maintenance of intruder alarm systems is a licensable activity and the relevant legal requirements exist for the maintenance of intruder alarm systems since licensing for the sector was introduced. While fees and statutory instruments may be finalised there still remains the setting out of the certification criteria on which the final determination for licensing depends. And so for guarding we have I.S.999, for intruder alarms we have I.S.E.N.50131 and SR40, for monitoring we have I.S.228 and SR41, for CIT we have I.S.998 and TOR. In the case of intruder alarm maintenance no
"An important point to be aware of is that the maintenance of intruder alarm systems is a licensable activity and the relevant legal requirements exist for the maintenance of intruder alarm systems since licensing for the sector was introduced."
such document exists and hence licensing for companies involved in maintenance only is not yet finalised. However, this loophole has been closed off in the current CCTV requirements and I expect the industry to push for the finalisation of a similar requirement along these lines. Only when the legal instruments and the certification requirements are in place, will the industry see an announcement from the PSA in which it identifies a critical date by which a company must apply for
a licence. A company is deemed to be trading illegally if they have not submitted an application by the critical date. The process now moves to the adjudication phase where a company applies for certification from one of the recognised certification companies. In the case of the guarding, intruder alarms, monitoring and CIT sectors all the processes exist and a company is deemed to be trading illegally if it has not submitted an application by the critical
date or having applied for licensing and certification fails their inspections or the internal requirements of the PSA itself. If we apply all of the above to CCTV, we know as an industry it is a licensable activity and we know that the “Requirements” criteria are now in place following the completing of the sector’s “Requirements” document. What we must now do is seek agreement on the certification process itself and how the requirements document will be interpreted. Once this is completed I anticipate the PSA will move on concluding their legal obligations. So the coming weeks are important for our industry. By the time this magazine is distributed we will have had a further meeting of TC13 – the committee that deals with standards here in Ireland. We will have reviewed the implementation date of EN50132. The Stakeholders Forum will have met again with the PSA to consider any possible cross over between the standard and the "Requirements" document. We still need to consider how the “Requirements" document and possibly the standard are to be certified. But at the end of the day I would anticipate licensing for the CCTV sector to be announced this year with sometime in the first quarter of 2011 being the critical date by which anyone trading in the sector without having applied for a license will be considered as trading illegally.
Spring 2010 edition of Risk Manager Magazine