Good Practice Guideline and Industry Codes of Practice

On the 18th November 2011 Security Officer Charanpreet Singh Dhaliwal commenced employment with CNE Security and was assigned to work at a construction site in Henderson. Tragically he was not to return home from his first night at his new job.

During the evening four offenders entered the site. Mr Dhaliwal confronted them and one of the offenders picked up a piece of wood and struck Mr Dhaliwal at least twice to the head. The cause of death was attributed to blunt force trauma.

The Coroner’s investigation into the death identified a number of industry issues around licensing and training and also highlighted the need for an industry-wide Code of Practice or Guideline as to what constitutes good practice. Whilst the licensing and training recommendations were implemented with some expediency, the development of the Guideline was unfortunately deemed to be of low priority by WorkSafe (the agency tasked with development by the Coroner) and was never progressed.

Several years ago the NZSA and E tū raised this matter with WorkSafe but were advised that other industry sectors were of a higher priority, and development of guidelines remained unlikely. At this time the NZSA took ownership of the project and through the collective efforts of a number of security providers, the NZSA Board and E tū produced the document which is now available for all industry.

Industry Code of Practice for Access Controlled Doors and Compliance Schedule Reference Guide

One of the key focus areas for the Electronic Security Special Interest Group has been the need for clarity and consistency around building compliance.
To assist in progressing this we have formed a close relationship with the Association of Building Compliance (ABC).
ABC was established to build competency, set a high standard, and provide accountability in the provision of services for Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF).
The aims for ABC include:

  • To educate, and provide information and guidelines on industry issues and legislative changes in relation to the Building Compliance Industry
  • Educate Members through education, training workshops, courses and resources to work to meet current legislative requirements and standards
  • To consult on, participate and provide training and expertise in any matters of legislation and regulation by Government and Territorial Authorities applicable to either or both the Building Compliance regime and/or Independent Qualified Person (IQP) regime
  • Promote and foster relationships with key stakeholders and other related industry groups
  • Actively promote standards and to support and encourage Employer and Employee participation in industry training initiatives

These aims are obviously closely aligned with those of the NZSA.
We wish to make our members who operate in the electronic security sector aware of two important documents that have been prepared by ABC.

  1. Code of Practice for Electro Mechanical Controlled Locking Devices on Egress Doors (e.g Access Controlled Doors)
  2. Compliance Schedule Reference Guide (Content Examples)