The SIA publishes acid attack guidance for the security industry

  • Published on: 20 February 2018
  • By: Paula
The SIA publishes acid attack guidance for the security industry

Following an attack on a security guard working at Barclays Bank in West Yorkshire, the SIA have provided some key advice for the security industry.  

“NHS England and the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, have issued first aid guidance on how to ensure victims of acid attacks get the right help fast. They are asking people to remember 3Rs:

  • Report the attack: dial 999
  • Remove contaminated clothing carefully
  • Rinse skin gently with running water

The guidance focuses on the following main points for security operatives:

  • In the unlikely event an acid attack occurs on a licensed premises, such as a pub or a nightclub, getting bottles or jugs of tap water from the bar might be the quickest and easiest method to alleviate a victim’s suffering.
  • An acid attack involves a corrosive substance being thrown or sprayed on a person or people as part of a violent attack or robbery.  Although acid attack is the phrase most people use to refer to such incidents, it can involve acidic, alkaline or caustic chemicals.  Household cleaners, drain un-blockers and industrial chemicals might be used by perpetrators. 
  • Employers and venue owners are responsible for their colleagues and patrols and therefore must conduct risk assessments associated with acid attacks and plan for how to respond to them.  This is subject to the Health & Safety Act 1974 as well as the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.  This includes supplying appropriate equipment for responding to an acid attack.”

Read the full guidance from the SIA…..

Leisuresec’s guards have all been first aid trained and are ready to help any victims of acid attacks.  They work closely with the management and teams within their venues as well as with local police and other emergency services to ensure the safety and enjoyment of those on a night out.

For more information about Leisuresec’s security services please get in touch.