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What is a BS7858 vetting check and how does it work?

In 2012, the BS7858 screening standard was introduced to background personnel who work in security environments.

Then in September 2019 the British Standards institution (BSI) created the BS7858:2019 screening standard to replace the BS7857:2012. The new BS7858 is regulated by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

In short, the BS7858 is a BSI code of practise, that outlines best practises and principles for security screening of personnel working in a security environment. It is the background screening, or vetting, of employees who work in an environment where the security and safety of people, goods, or property is a prerequisite of the employing organization's operations and/or where such security screening is in the public and/or corporate interest.

Who uses BS7858 screening?

The BS7858 screening is usually associated with the security industry. However, it is now widely utilised in many other industries such as the finance, insurance, banking, healthcare, aviation, education, human resources, facilities management, and information technology industries, to name a few. In theory, any organisation can have its workers and volunteers screened to BS7858 standard in order to increase the quality of their service or to comply with regulations, compliance standards, or laws requiring a greater level of due diligence.

A bad hire can cost a company a lot of money in terms of lost productivity, decreased staff morale, hazards to employee safety, and greater vulnerability to costly negligent hiring claims and possibly ruinous lawsuits. The BS7858 premise is to protect employers from hiring people who are potentially dangerous or deceptive. Organizations that fail to undertake due diligence on a new hire – particularly one with a high-risk exposure – frequently suffer negative consequences.

What is involved in a BS7858 check?

· 5 year employment history, including any gaps over 28 days

· 1 Basic UK Criminal Record

· Credit Check

· Identity Check

· Manage Right to Work documents

How can VettingGateway help?

Although the rarest of the three, financial statement fraud is usually the costliest for a business. It involves deliberately altering financial statements, for example by overstating assets, expenses or losses, or vice versa. Oftentimes this is not for personal financial gain, but rather to deceive in order to obtain loans or inflate share prices that may not have been feasible if the real financial results were accurately published.

Impacts on Business

VettingGateway offers a BS7858 Check that performs a comprehensive 5-year background check on your candidates, including a 1 Basic UK Criminal Record, Credit Check, and Identity Check, giving you piece of mind when hiring for high-risk security professions. VettingGateway will assist you in ensuring regulatory compliance as well as real-time monitoring of your applicants' progress through a single, easy-to-use online platform.

For more information on how VettingGateway can help click here, or you can sign up for your free starter licence by clicking here.


The information Provided by VettingGateway in this blog was published on the 13/12/2021, all information was relevant at the time of publishing however as our landscape is forever changing this information may not remain valid.

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