Why carry out BS7858 screening?

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Why carry out BS7858 screening?

The BS7858 Screening Standard applies to organisations who employ individuals in a secure environment to assist with risk assessment and to give a high level of confidence in the recruitment of these individuals.  Some insurers also require BS7858 as part of policy conditions, but they may have different requirements around the length of the employment screening period required.  The Screening Standard applies equally to all levels of employees whether part-time or full-time, temporary or permanent, Sole Traders and to all levels of Senior Management.

BS7858 screening allows sufficient information to be obtained to enable organisations to make an informed decision about employing an individual in a secure environment.  It does not cover other processes such as Right to Work status or competency for the role.

BS7858 screening is the best practice procedure published by the British Standards Institution. It is the background screening (vetting) of individuals employed in an environment where the security and safety of people, goods or property is a requirement of the employing organisation’s operations and/or where such security screening is in the public and/or corporate interest.


  • 5 or 10 Year Written Career History
  • Basic DBS Criminality Check
  • Credit Search (Consumer Information Check)
  • ID Verification and Right to Work Check
  • 5-Year Address Verification
  • Optional extra: Pre-Employment checks for the last three years’ employment