Who needs BS7858 Security Screening?

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Having a nationwide standard to ensure the safety of people, goods or property is essential for consistency and transparency. BS7858 is the best practice procedure published by the British Standards Institution, and it sets the bar for security screening of staff in the UK.

In this blog post today, we’re looking at why BS7858 screening was created, and who actually needs BS7858 screening…

What where the primary reasons BS7858 screening was created?

BS7858 screening was created to set a standard and framework for conducting security screening of individuals working in roles that involve access to sensitive or secure information. It aims to ensure that individuals employed in positions with access to sensitive information have been vetted to prove they are trustworthy, reliable, and post a low risk.

Overall, BS7858 screening was developed to establish a clear security screening process that ensures individuals in positions of trust meet specific standards so that risks of security breaches are minimised, and sensitive information, assets, and national security are protected.

Who needs BS7858 Security Screening?

The types of employees that will need to go through BS7858 security screening are:

  1. Security personnel:
    Those such as security guards, officers, and supervisors whose main role is being responsible for protecting premises, people, and assets.
  2. Financial sector employees:
    These would be individuals who work in financial settings, such as banking, insurance, or investment firms. They may need BS7858 screening due to their access to financial data, client information and sensitive transactions.
  3. Government employees:
    With the various government departments that include law enforcement agencies, intelligence services, and defence organisations, these departments often require BS7858 screening for their employees as they can handle classified information or work in sensitive areas.
  4. Contractors and subcontractors:
    Companies that provide services to organisations such as security services or contractors working on government projects would need run BS7858 screening on their employees.
  5. IT professionals:
    Some IT professionals depending on their role will have privileged access to sensitive systems, networks, databases and other information. If this is the case, they may be subject to BS7858 screening to protect against potential insider threats or unauthorized access.


However, it is important to note that the specific requirements for BS7858 screening may vary depending on the industry, organization that the employee works for and contractual agreements that are in place.

That’s why a unique, tailored, bespoke service from CBS is critical.


The relevant regulatory authority will be able to recommend the precise information required for screening. In addition, it is important to note that if BS7858 screening is avoided, it can lead to several potential consequences for organisations. BS7858 screening is an important screening check as a measure to protect assets, information, and an organisations reputation.

Are you looking for BS7858 screening services? Our referencing team can manage all applications from individual contractor screening, through to high volume submissions with tight deadlines, whilst providing first direct customer support throughout the entire process. So, to ensure a high-level of safeguarding within your organisation, consider using our low-fuss BS7858 solution.

With extensive industry knowledge and experience with BS7858 vetting, choosing CBS will provide you with:

  • All the required reports to meet and determine the BS7858 compliance standard.
  • 80% of applications completed in 24 hours
  • Quick and easy, free registration
  • A web-based solution available 24/7 from any location
  • Pay-as-you-go service


Need something more personalised? CBS customers can also combine a number of services to packages to create something unique and bespoke to them. To find out more, give us a call today on 01443 799900/ or email us at info@cbscreening.co.uk. We are happy to help in any way we can!

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