The Security Industry Authority is introducing First Aid training as a requirement for new SIA licence applicants.
The Security Industry Authority, which is the regulator of the private security industry, has announced that it will now require new applicants for an SIA licence to hold an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification in order to be a licensed security professional.
This requirement will come into effect as of April 1st 2020 and will apply to new licence-holders only. Those renewing their SIA licence will not be required to hold this qualification.
The SIA periodically reviews the qualifications required for an SIA licence to make sure that the industry stays up to date with changes to the law, technology, and the way people work.
The new qualifications will incorporate improvements suggested during the consultations held by the SIA throughout 2018 and 2019.
Russel Kerr, Managing Director of SecuriGroup, commented on the new requirement:
On behalf of SecuriGroup, I very much welcome this report.
Our staff are often the first on these scene of incidents from minor to serious injuries at all hours of the day and night and mandating these skills will equip security professionals with the skills to offer that vital first aid.
I have no doubt that in some occasions it will save lives.
We applaud the steps taken by the Security Industry Authority, and as members of its Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS), we welcome the opportunity to assist our UK Regulator in raising standards of safety, security, and professionalism across the entire industry.
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