Confederation of European Security Services (CoESS) and UNI-Europa, the European social partners for commerce

Summary of the initiative

Confederation of European Security Services (CoESS) and UNI-Europa, the European social partners for commerce
To contribute to the development of the social dialogue relating to health and safety in the workplace at European, national and company level. To contribute to risk prevention in the area of health and safety by determining the causes of these risks and providing the basis for a tool aimed at informing and raising the awareness of the various actors within the sector, especially the workers themselves. To promote greater professionalism in the sector by providing the means with which to increase and enhance the skills and aptitudes of private security staff in the field of health and safety. To help identify a series of necessary conditions in order to ensure worker welfare in the sector. Making security guards understand the risks they face in doing their jobs and the methods for preventing them or dealing with their consequences.

Description of the Initiative



    Contact Point - Commission

    Self/Co-Regulation Basic Act

    Title of Act
    CoESS and UNI Europa, Preventing Occupational Hazards in the Private Security Sector (manned guarding and surveillance services) manual, 2004.

    Geographical Coverage

    Global coverage
    Participating Countries
    Other countries
    Bosnia & Herzegovina, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia


    Problems that lead to the introduction of Self/Co-Regulation and the adoption of the Founding Act
    The social partners actively experience the need to prevent health and safety risks in the workplace as much as possible.
    Target Group(s)
    Security guards in the private security sector.
    Type of Instrument(s)
    Training manual.
    Type of Financing
    European Commission funding for the manual.
    Type of Monitoring
    Conduct an initial survey of compliance capacity of future regulateesConduct regular visits and spot checksInitiate complaints proceduresMaintain database of those bounded by the normsProduce regular reportsReceive complaints and verify if norms were breached or notReflexive dialogue with the - stakeholdersOther
    European Commission
    National public authority
    International public authority
    Private regulator (code owner)
    Private independent party with a mandate (e.g. auditors)
    Self-appointed private parties (e.g. NGOs)
    Succinct description of the type of Monitoring
    No specific scheme, but general commitment by the signatory partners. Monitoring is essentially left to the businesses themselves, nevertheless, the representative organisations (CoESS and UNI Europa) have committed themselves to monitor and evaluate the work.
    Type of Enforcement
    Faming, shaming and blamingJudicial sanctionsMembership suspension/exclusionPrivate finesOther
    Private Regulator
    Private independent party with a mandate (e.g. auditors)
    Court system
    Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) / Online dispute resolution (ODR)

    Results of Commission Monitoring

    Monitoring periodicity / next evaluation


    SMO self- and co-regulation database - private code 140