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Since May 2014, the standards required by the Private Security Authority (PSA) for manned guarding are PSA 31 and PSA 28.

PSA31:2014 is the standard required by the PSA for new entrants into the manned guarding sector. This standard outlines the procedures and systems which are needed before a company can begin offering services for Manned Guarding.

EQA have prepared a checklist for PSA 31 certification (Link) which summarises the requirements of the standard. The PSA have issued the standard (link) and the guidelines for certification (link) which are available free of charge from the PSA and EQA websites. PSA 31 is required for all new entrants into the Manned Guarding sector, including companies who already hold a PSA license in another sector.

PSA 31 is also the standard used for entry into the Door Supervision and Event Security sectors. An organisation can look for certification to cover 1 or more sectors, the certificate issued by EQA will indicate which sectors were inspected during the audit.

Once all other requirements for licensing have been met (see PSA website), the PSA will issue a 2 year license following successful certification to PSA 31. This is conditional upon having an audit to PSA 28:2013 within 6 Months. The PSA 28 audit includes a visit to an active site, EQA recommend having a PSA 28 audit as soon as a site becomes available.

PSA 28:2013 is the standard required by the PSA in order to retain and renew a Manned Guarding license. It includes sections on the Organisation (including Tax Clearance and Insurance), Staffing (including employee selection and screening), Training (including induction training, refresher training and requirements for trainers) and Operations (including Risk Assessments, Command and Control Systems and site activities). PSA 28 (Link) and the auditing guidelines for PSA 28 (Link) are both available free of charge from the EQA and PSA websites.
PSA 28 is also the standard used for Door Supervision. The certificate issued by EQA will indicate if the audit was conducted for Manned Guarding only or Manned Guarding and Door Supervision (Door Supervision cannot be added to a PSA 28 certificate without first obtaining a PSA 31 certificate for Door Supervision and obtaining a PSA license for Door Supervision)

INFORMATION:Certificates are issued for 2 years subject to Annual Surveillance visits.