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Majority of renters left in dark on basic fire safety measures

New research has shown three months after the Grenfell Tower disaster that the majority of tenants still feel left in the dark when it comes to fire safety. The study of more than 1,000 tenants in August 2017, commissioned by the British Woodworking Federation and released to mark Fire Door Safety Week, showed 55% of tenants do not feel fully prepared on what to do in the event of a fire. It also showed some 40% of renters said there was not a clear fire escape route displayed in their building.

More than a third of tenants (39%) said they had seen fire doors propped open as well. Renters also complained about damage to their building s fire doors 21% and just under a fifth (18%) said they reported a safety infringement or concern to their landlord but a quarter waited weeks for a response. Landlords Research also revealed that 10% of social landlords and 23% of private landlords had been in contact with tenants since the Grenfell disaster to discuss fire safety measures. As a result of the disaster, a quarter of adults surveyed feel more nervous/anxious about living in a rented apartment since the tragedy and the issues it exposed with regard to fire safety. Free toolkit A free toolkit of resources has been put together by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) to provide information and fire safety advice, including a downloadable Responsible Person poster. Further information for fire, health and safety professionals can be found at firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk/advice/ Hannah Mansell, a spokesperson for Fire Door Safety Week, as well as BWF technical manager, chair of the Passive Fire Protection Forum and a trustee of the Children s Burns Trust, said: This new research shows that landlords and building owners still have a long way to go meet their fire safety responsibilities. It is astounding to learn that in the last three months so little has been done to address the concerns of tenants and residents. Many people do not realise that the real job of a fire door is to hold back fire, smoke and toxic gases, delaying the spread around a building and keeping the vital means of escape route clear. They only work properly if they are specified, manufactured, installed and maintained correctly, and of course, closed when a fire breaks out.

This is especially important in high rise buildings, houses of multiple occupancy and other types of shared sleeping accommodation. Checking fire doors should be part of a regular fire risk assessment. This should examine all aspects of fire safety management, including active and passive fire protection measures, signage, means of escape and the specific fire plan procedures. There needs to be crystal clarity about the Responsible Person and a total transformation of attitude towards fire safety of tenants in rented accommodation. Our focus for Fire Door Safety Week in this pivotal year is to ensure all landlords and tenants have the knowledge and resources they need to stay safe. Life-changing role of fire doors Dany Cotton, London Fire Commissioner who oversaw the fire and rescue service s response at Grenfell Tower, said: London Fire Brigade fully supports Fire Door Safety Week. This is an important campaign which drives home the potentially life-saving role that fire doors play in buildings, especially residential buildings such as tower blocks. It is extremely concerning that the lives of the public and our firefighters are still being put at risk by poorly maintained fire doors and people acting irresponsibly by removing self closers or by keeping doors wedged open. Good fire doors help stop fires from spreading.

Fires that spread put more lives at risk and I would urge everyone to check that their fire doors are properly maintained and kept shut. Remember they don t just protect you, but everybody in the building. Paul Fuller CBE, chief fire officer of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and chairman of the Fire Sector Federation, said: It is simple. Proper fire doors save lives, but only if they are correctly made and installed, and certainly not if they are wedged open or in disrepair. Too often our officers walk into a building and see fire doors in an appalling state. We do what we can to advise and enforce the responsibilities of a building owner, but it is time for the Responsible Person to really step up. That s why we are supporting Fire Door Safety Week there can be no excuse, all the resources you need to promote door safety are there on the website and free to download. National campaign Fire Door Safety Week, a national campaign now in its fifth year, is run by the BWF, the BWF-Certifire Scheme and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme, in partnership with the Government s Fire Kills campaign. It aims to raise awareness about the role of fire doors in preventing life changing injuries and the legal responsibilities of managing fire door safety.

Fire Door Safety Week 2017 took place from 25th September 1st October. This article originally appeared on IFSEC Global s sister site in health & safety, SHP Online Free Download: A Technical Guide to Fire Detection and Alarm Systems Fire legislation, which is written for the purpose of life safety, requires duty holders in non-domestic premises to assess fire risks and put in place arrangements for the prevention of fire and to protect people from fire when it occurs. This guide provides an overview of the need to know information for fire detection and alarm systems and your legal requirements, key actions, key terms and more.

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Residential landlords still haven t learned Grenfell lessons especially in social housing, survey reveals

Fewer than one in four (23%) private landlords have been in touch with tenants to discuss fire safety measures since the Grenfell Tower fire and even fewer social landlords have done likewise. Three months on from the fire, which killed at least 80 people, only 10% of tenants in social housing say they have been contacted by the landlords about fire safety. That s one of the headline findings of a survey released to coincide with Fire Door Safety Week (25 September-1 October), and the results seem to demonstrate the need for such a campaign.

Some 39% of tenants polled said they had seen fire doors propped open and 21% had noticed damage to their building s fire doors. Forty percent of renters said there is no clear fire escape route displayed. Of the 18% that have reported a fire safety infringement or concern to their landlord, almost a quarter (24%) waited weeks for a response. It is astounding to learn that in the last three months so little has been done to address the concerns of tenants and residents. Hannah Mansell, spokesperson, Fire Door Safety Week A majority (55%) say they feel uninformed about what they should do in the event of a fire and about one in four (24%) feel more anxious about living in a rented apartment since the Grenfell Tower fire. This new research shows that landlords and building owners still have a long way to go meet their fire safety responsibilities, said Hannah Mansell, spokesperson for Fire Door Safety Week. It is astounding to learn that in the last three months so little has been done to address the concerns of tenants and residents. Misunderstood The role and importance of fire doors remains widely misunderstood, believes Mansell, who is also BWF technical manager, chair of the Passive Fire Protection Forum and a trustee of the Children s Burns Trust. Many people do not realise that the real job of a fire door is to hold back fire, smoke and toxic gases, delaying the spread around a building and keeping the vital means of escape route clear.

They only work properly if they are specified, manufactured, installed and maintained correctly and, of course, closed when a fire breaks out. This is especially important in high rise buildings, houses of multiple occupancy and other types of shared sleeping accommodation. Checking fire doors should be part of a regular fire-risk assessment. This should examine all aspects of fire safety management, including active and passive fire protection measures, signage, means of escape and the specific fire plan procedures. Mansell who has spoken to IFSEC Global more extensively about the fire safety landscape believes better education and greater transparency are essential to effect meaningful change. Crystal clarity There needs to be crystal clarity about the responsible person and a total transformation of attitude towards fire safety of tenants in rented accommodation. Our focus for Fire Door Safety Week in this pivotal year is to ensure all landlords and tenants have the knowledge and resources they need to stay safe. Dany Cotton, London Fire Commissioner, oversaw the fire and rescue service s response at Grenfell Tower. London Fire Brigade fully supports Fire Door Safety Week, she said.

This is an important campaign which drives home the potentially life-saving role that fire doors play in buildings, especially residential buildings such as tower blocks. It is extremely concerning that the lives of the public and our firefighters are still being put at risk by poorly maintained fire doors and people acting irresponsibly by removing self-closers or by keeping doors wedged open. We do what we can to advise the building owner, but it s time for the responsible person to really step up. Paul Fuller CBE, chief fire officer, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Good fire doors help stop fires from spreading. Fires that spread put more lives at risk and I would urge everyone to check that their fire doors are properly maintained and kept shut. Remember they don t just protect you, but everybody in the building. Paul Fuller CBE, chief fire officer of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and chairman of the Fire Sector Federation says: It is simple. Proper fire doors save lives, but only if they are correctly made and installed, and certainly not if they are wedged open or in disrepair. Too often our officers walk into a building and see fire doors in an appalling state.

We do what we can to advise and enforce the responsibilities of a building owner, but it is time for the responsible person to really step up. That s why we are supporting Fire Door Safety Week. There can be no excuse; all the resources you need to promote door safety are there on the website and free to download. Fire Door Safety Week is run by the BWF, the BWF-Certifire Scheme and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme in partnership with the Government s Fire Kills campaign. On 30 August the Government issued fresh advice for tenants and residents on steps to take if they have any concerns about fire safety in their building: In the first instance, contact the landlord or building owner with any concerns. If still concerned and not receiving reassurance, then contact the relevant local authority or local fire and rescue service for advice. IFSEC Global is proud to support Fire Door Safety Week, which runs from 25 September to 1 October. You can pledge your support for the campaign here, and by tweeting under the hashtag #FireDoorSafetyWeek and sharing or using the wealth of resources found in the campaign s toolkit which includes a downloadable Responsible Person poster. The site also includes advice aimed at fire and health and safety professionals.

Related Topics A rogue s gallery of fire doors unworthy of the name (and perfectly good ones rendered useless) We re often dealing with decades of neglect : Hannah Mansell on fire doors and the post-Grenfell rush to improve fire safety Watch: The consequences of badly specified and fitted fire doors plus 5 tips for getting it right

Faulty white goods will lead to fatalities unless government acts on LFB recommendations, letter signed by London Mayor warns

Fire safety news Faulty white goods will cause more fire-related deaths unless ministers act on recommendations made by the London Fire Brigade (LFB), according to a letter signed by the London Mayor and several safety organisations. Sent to Theresa May, the letter raises concerns about the flammable plastic backing that is still often attached to many fridges and freezers when sold to consumers. Product recalls are also ineffective, it says, because many people continue to use them.

The letter also refers to a tower block fire traced to a faulty Indesit dryer that took place a year ago in west London. The incident, which resulted in no injuries but took 120 firefighters to extinguish, prompted the LFB to issue a series of safety recommendations. A year later and none of the recommendations have been acted on, the letter says. The government is due to respond to the recommendations later this year. Very little protection The letter says: A year on, people across the UK are still using white goods that pose a serious fire risk and are subject to recall or corrective action. Worse still, some fridges and freezers are still being produced with a flammable plastic backing, which offers very little protection against the insulation foam inside catching alight if a fire starts. In March 2016, we reported that faulty tumble dryers that were deemed a fire risk could be in use for another nine months after Whirlpool said some repairs might have to wait until January 2017. Whirpool risked further anger by advising consumers that they could continue to use the machines so long as they cleaned the lint filter after every cycle and didn t leave dryers unattended during operation. Three UK fires a day involve tumble dryers 2,170 since 2010 and the Grenfell Tower blaze was traced to a faulty fridge.

LFB has urged the government to create a single register of product recalls and publish it on its website. It also wants risk assessments including sleeping risk published when a fault is identified. The letter was signed by London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the Fire Brigades Union, the National Fire Chiefs Council and the charity Electrical Safety First. A father died having saved his children from a fire caused by a faulty fridge-freezer made by Beko in November 2010. Santosh Benjamin-Muthiah was overcome by smoke at his home in Wealdstone, north London after helping his two daughters aged three and three months escape through a window. However, the recommendations to improve product recalls made by the coroner at the inquest have resulted in no substantial changes , according to the fire service. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: The terrible tragedy at Grenfell Tower in June is a stark reminder of just how devastating a fire caused by faulty white goods can be.

However, Consumer Minister Margot James said the government already has a robust system to inform people of faulty goods.

Our one-stop shop Product Recall website makes it clear to the public which white goods are safe to use at home and we are considering the framework for a national body to support consumers on product safety, she added.

Fire-door safety campaigners renew calls for public register of responsible persons

Fire news The organisations behind Fire Door Safety Week have again called for a publicly available national register of responsible persons for fire safety in rented accommodation. The British Woodworking Federation (BWF), BWF-Certifire and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme also called for such a register, which would require individuals with legal responsibility for a building s fire safety to be registered on a national database, in October 2016. Their name and contact details would be prominently displayed in the building so tenants had a point of contact for reporting any concerns or problems.

The organisations also want the responsible person to sign a formal acknowledgement of duty of care and meet a mandatory minimum level of competence. The notion of a responsible person was introduced by the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (2005). Defined as the person with ultimate responsibility for fire safety in a specific building, the responsible person, the act stated, should be the the employer, occupier or owner of the building. The responsible person must: Ensure that a fire safety risk assessment is carried out and reviewed regularly Identify and record fire hazards Identify and record people at risk Evaluate, remove or mitigate fire safety risks Prepare an emergency plan and provide training Regularly review and update the fire risk assessment Mystery identity However, the organisers of Fire Door Safety Week believe that the effectiveness of the responsible person framework is compromised by the fact that their identity is often not clear to the building occupants. When we start digging, the identity of the responsible person is often a mystery, says Hannah Mansell, spokesperson for Fire Door Safety Week. It can become very complex trying to identify who it is, especially in organisations that own or manage vast housing stock. Although the Fire Safety Order took effect over 10 years ago, our research shows that tenants don t know who to report fire safety concerns to. Even worse, when we surveyed those who are responsible for fire safety, half of them didn t even know or were unclear about their role. Mansell, who is also BWF technical manager, chair of the Passive Fire Protection Forum and a trustee of the Children s Burns Trust, continues: Under the Fire Safety Order, Responsible Persons have to ensure that a regular fire risk assessment (FRA) is carried out by a competent person and is documented.

By identifying the responsible person and providing their contact details, occupants become empowered to report any concerns they have about the fire doors in their buildings. Hannah Mansell, technical manager, BWF The FRA should examine all aspects of fire safety management, including active and passive fire protection measures, signage, means of escape and the specific fire plan procedures. Their responsibilities also include acting on improvement advice and creating the emergency fire plan for the building, the key to this is arming the occupants with the knowledge of what to do in an emergency. Where in-depth and expert knowledge is lacking, the responsible person has a duty to engage someone with the relevant expertise to be able to implement or advise on key areas. There needs to be crystal clarity about the Responsible Person and a total transformation of attitude towards fire safety of tenants in rented accommodation. By identifying the responsible person and providing their contact details, occupants become empowered to report any concerns they have about the fire doors in their buildings. This would also ensure that those responsible for keeping tenants safe from fire know their duty and are made aware of issues directly. The call for a register of responsible persons was first made following the inquest into the death of Sophie Rosser, 23, who died in 2012 following a fire in her block of flats in London. At her inquest, the coroner was unable to pin the blame on any specific person or organisation.

Research commissioned by Fire Door Safety Week last year suggested that the poorest in society are by far at the greatest risk of fire. The recent fire at Grenfell Tower has certainly vindicated this. Fire Door Safety Week will run from 25 September to 1 October. Now in its fifth year, it aims to raise awareness about the role of third-party certificated fire doors in preventing life changing injuries and the legal responsibilities of managing fire door safety. It will focus on promoting awareness of the critical role of fire doors in high rise buildings, houses of multiple occupancy and other types of shared accommodation. The campaign will be giving advice, hosting events and sharing useful resources. It will also be signposting tenants as to where they should be reporting their fire safety concerns.

The campaign has received backing from fire and rescue services, housing associations, charities, BWF members, fire safety professionals and a wide range of other organisations.

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A harrowing story of a former construction director has offered an example of the need for health and safety vigilance on site at the Safety and Health Expo 2017. Matthew Hazelton, speaking on behalf of training specialist Proud2bSafe, spoke about his personal journey following a workplace incident where his brother died. He said the incident left him having to deal with things you don t think you will ever have to deal with and that he struggled with the attention of the media and organising the funeral for his brother.

Legal Hazelton said: While I was trying to deal with the personal side of things, I then had to realise I had to deal with the legal side of things. Director to me was a ridiculously posh term I had no idea what I was about to get myself into. He explained how he had meetings with the insurance company, which led to the HSE and the police involvement. Getting arrested and taken to a police station under cameras is not a nice feeling, he said. The legal process also meant that he couldn t speak to his work colleagues and friends as they weren t allowed the same barrister or solicitor and when you really want to be close to your mates, you are being dragged apart . Timeline He warned about timelines following such an event in his case it took six and a half years before the verdict of accidental death. You are being hidden away from everyone when you feel you haven t got anything to hide. We were doing and all the while as a business we were doing okay and we went to losing money, getting new business was a no-no, but old clients did look after us. Mental health Hazelton also talked about the personal toll on his own mental health.

Despite continuing in the construction industry, he could never get over the incident. I could never recreate the old construction firm vibe and I kept getting angrier. My wife had stood by me, but when she left, then the wheels really came off and I started drinking and doing drugs. Things came to a head when he had a collision with a transit van at 60mph. I didn t want to get out of bed, I didn t want to do anything. When I have to go to see my mother on mother s day I will always feel guilt. Consequences It s something I have to live with everyday as the client has to, and the main contractor does. He summed up that the effect it has is on a personal level and a legal level, and on his children and family. The effects will be felt for the rest of their lives.

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What is a security guard used for?

A security guard1 is somebody who is employed by an organisation to protect property, people or assets. Most security guards work in some kind of store, their main duties are to observe everything that is happening in the store and to look out for suspicious activity, and in particular shoplifting2. They do this by patrolling the store, using CCTV or guarding the entrance to the store. If they see any suspicious activity such as shoplifting, their job is to then deal with the matter in the best possible way. As there is likely to be a shop full of other people causing a scene may not be the best route to take.

What powers does a security guard have?

The powers of security guards3 are the same powers as any other member of the public will have, they can make a citizen s arrest4. They do not have any special kind of power, however their role is being looked at constantly and new developments might mean that they may be given more power in the near future. Their powers have changed recently and are a lot more complex with much of it yet to be tried in court, but basically security guards have the power to detain a person who they believe to have committed an indictable offence. This means an offence which can be tried in crown court. This covers many criminal offences including assaults (excluding common assault), theft and criminal damage.

Reasonable force in the circumstances may be used by a security guard to detain the person. Several security guards are permitted to forcefully detain someone as long as the belief that this person has committed an indictable offence is reasonable . They can detain you inside a store as long as they have reasonable belief that you have committed an offence.

Reasonable belief means that a security guard cannot forcefully detain you unless their reasons for doing so are fair for example if you were seen taking something and hiding it somewhere on your person.

To simply look suspicious would not be a reasonable belief.

How do these powers differ from police powers?

The powers of security guards differ from those of the police in that police only need to suspect a crime (not believe) and they can arrest5 for any offence not just indictable ones.

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Nationally known private investigator Tom Shamshak speaks to members of the Portsmouth Rotary Club on Thursday before recieving the Paul Harris Fellow. Shamshak organizes a pool of talented experienced detectives using their knowledge to help with missing children and adult cases in other areas of New England.

He was engaged in both the Jeremy Alex and Molly Bish cases.Rich Beauchesne/[email protected]

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PORTSMOUTH The Portsmouth Rotary on Thursday bestowed upon Boston, Mass.-based private investigator Tom Shamshak the Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International’s highest honor. Donors of $1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund are eligible for recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow. Rotarians can also make someone else a Fellow by donating $1,000 in the person’s honor.

Rotarian Ted Alex, who contacted Shamshak two years after his son, Jeremy Alex, went missing in 2004, said that he could think of no one better than Shamshak to represent the Rotary’s motto of “service above self.” “There is no one who fits this motto better than our speaker today,” he said. Shamshak, who attended the Rotary’s lunch to speak about missing persons cases, said he did not know he would be receiving the award.

“When you give, it comes back tenfold,” he said. “I am really honored.” Shamshak is a retired police chief and president of Shamshak Investigative Services Inc. He musters private investigation resources to assist when children and adults go missing.

He has worked on both the Jeremy Alex case and the disappearance of Molly Bish, a 16-year-old from Warren, Mass., who was abducted and murdered in 2000. The Portsmouth Rotary started the Jeremy Alex Fund in memory of Jeremy, with the goal of helping at-risk children and teenagers. The fund has assisted in a number of ways locally, including by donating chess sets to elementary school children in Portsmouth.

Shamshak commended the Rotary for its outreach through the fund. Jeremy’s family remembers him as a kind person with many passions, chess among them. However, he had his demons, and struggled with addictions most of his adult life.

He was 28 years old when he disappeared in the Maine woods near Northport. His remains were never found. Shamshak said he has often taken cases involving those with troubled pasts.

In fact, he said, instances of missing adults often involve similar circumstances, where mental illness, drug abuse or other “toxic secrets” or “closet behavior” were factors. “Everybody’s entitled to justice, regardless of whatever circumstances,” he said. The talk came amidst an ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott, a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student who was allegedly strangled or suffocated to death during the commission of a sex act on Oct.

9. Two people have been arrested in connection with her disappearance, and one was charged with murder, but her body has not been recovered. Authorities have searched the waters around Peirce Island in Portsmouth for evidence.

“The ocean swallows people up,” Shamshak said, expressing doubt that her body would ever be located, especially now that months have passed since she went missing. However, Shamshak said that time can become an asset in missing persons cases. Over time, witnesses and others with information may become more likely to talk, and other evidence could come forward, he said.

He said there never should come a time when investigators decide to give up on a missing persons case. Conrad McKinney, a private investigator who was one of Shamshak’s students, has shown that kind of commitment to the Marriott case, and continues to search the coastline with his twin brother, Perry, for clues. “I think we owe it to our missing and dead, on behalf of our civilization, that we never cease our efforts to seek truth and seek justice,” Shamshak said.

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PORTSMOUTH The Portsmouth Rotary on Thursday bestowed upon Boston, Mass.-based private investigator Tom Shamshak the Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International’s highest honor. Donors of $1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund are eligible for recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow. Rotarians can also make someone else a Fellow by donating $1,000 in the person’s honor.

Rotarian Ted Alex, who contacted Shamshak two years after his son, Jeremy Alex, went missing in 2004, said that he could think of no one better than Shamshak to represent the Rotary’s motto of “service above self.” “There is no one who fits this motto better than our speaker today,” he said. Shamshak, who attended the Rotary’s lunch to speak about missing persons cases, said he did not know he would be receiving the award.

“When you give, it comes back tenfold,” he said. “I am really honored.” Shamshak is a retired police chief and president of Shamshak Investigative Services Inc. He musters private investigation resources to assist when children and adults go missing.

He has worked on both the Jeremy Alex case and the disappearance of Molly Bish, a 16-year-old from Warren, Mass., who was abducted and murdered in 2000. The Portsmouth Rotary started the Jeremy Alex Fund in memory of Jeremy, with the goal of helping at-risk children and teenagers. The fund has assisted in a number of ways locally, including by donating chess sets to elementary school children in Portsmouth.

Shamshak commended the Rotary for its outreach through the fund. Jeremy’s family remembers him as a kind person with many passions, chess among them. However, he had his demons, and struggled with addictions most of his adult life.

He was 28 years old when he disappeared in the Maine woods near Northport. His remains were never found. Shamshak said he has often taken cases involving those with troubled pasts.

In fact, he said, instances of missing adults often involve similar circumstances, where mental illness, drug abuse or other “toxic secrets” or “closet behavior” were factors. “Everybody’s entitled to justice, regardless of whatever circumstances,” he said. The talk came amidst an ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott, a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student who was allegedly strangled or suffocated to death during the commission of a sex act on Oct.

9. Two people have been arrested in connection with her disappearance, and one was charged with murder, but her body has not been recovered. Authorities have searched the waters around Peirce Island in Portsmouth for evidence.

“The ocean swallows people up,” Shamshak said, expressing doubt that her body would ever be located, especially now that months have passed since she went missing. However, Shamshak said that time can become an asset in missing persons cases. Over time, witnesses and others with information may become more likely to talk, and other evidence could come forward, he said.

He said there never should come a time when investigators decide to give up on a missing persons case. Conrad McKinney, a private investigator who was one of Shamshak’s students, has shown that kind of commitment to the Marriott case, and continues to search the coastline with his twin brother, Perry, for clues. “I think we owe it to our missing and dead, on behalf of our civilization, that we never cease our efforts to seek truth and seek justice,” Shamshak said.

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HABC Level 2 Award in Upskilling Door Supervisors qualification …

HABC Level 2 Award in Upskilling Door Supervisors qualification.

In March 2012 the SIA announced the intention to require existing door supervisors who had achieved the pre-QCF Door Supervision qualifications (for example the National Certificate for Door Supervision) to undertake additional training in order to renew their licence

HABC are one of the first Awarding Organisations to receive Ofqual approval to offer the Level 2 Award in Upskilling Door Supervisors qualification.

The new qualification comprises the following two mandatory units of assessment:

1. Safety Awareness for Door Supervisors

2. Physical Intervention Skills for the Private Security Industry.

About this course

This qualification is for all existing door supervisors who have previously achieved the pre-SCQF Door Supervision qualifications (for example the National Certificate for Door Supervision (Scotland)) to undertake additional top up training in order to renew their SIA licence.

If your Door Supervisor qualification was obtained prior to July 2010 you will need this 1 day top up training to renew your SI Licence.

The Security Industry Authority has made mandatory recommendations that Physical Intervention training will become compulsory for all Door Supervisor s across the UK. Anyone working in the private security industry as a door supervisor that will be renewing their license from March this year will need to take this additional module in order to obtain their new SIA Licence.

The Physical Intervention module is an SIA approved course which instructs candidates in non-harm escorting techniques applied to manage difficult situations without causing injury to themselves or members of the general public.

This new module is intended to provide candidates with a wider range of non-violent options for dealing with the most common scenarios involving physical contact in licensed premises. It does not offer a technique to cover every possible situation but provides a solid foundation in terms of knowledge and skills to further reduce risk to the customers and staff.

HABC are the largest awarding body in the U.K for the qualification which means that this certificate will be accepted by the SIA when you SIA Door Supervisors licence requires renewal.

The course covers all aspects relating to workplace violence leading to use of force and Physical Intervention skills

Safety Awareness for Door Supervisors. (Guided Learning Hours: 2)

  • Counter Terrorism
  • First Aid Awareness
  • Dealing with Children and Young People

Physical Intervention Skills for the Private Security Industry (Guided Learning Hours: 10)

  • Understand physical interventions and the legal and professional implications of their use
  • Understand how to reduce the risk of harm when physical intervention skills are used
  • Be able to use non-pain related physical skills to protect yourself and others from assault
  • Be able to use non-pain related standing holding and escorting techniques, including non-restrictive
  • and restrictive skills
  • Understand good practice to follow after physical interventions
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