Online Interactive Risk Assessment OiRA Tool for Private Security Services is now available!!
With the support of EU-OSHA, CoESS developped together with UNI Europa an OiRA tool for private security services. This OiRA web application helps Sectoral Social Partners (employers' and employees' organisations) and National authorities (Ministries, Labour Inspectorates, OSH institutes, etc.) produce sector-specific risk assessment tools targeting small businesses.
Promotion, awareness-raising and dissemination of the multi-sectoral guidelines to tackle third-party violence and harassment related to work
On July 16, 2010 EPSU, UNI Europa, ETUCE, HOSPEEM, CEMR, EFEE, EUROCOMMERCE and CoESS, representing the social partners of the commerce, private security, local governments, education and hospital sectors reached an agreement on multi-sectoral guidelines aimed to tackle third-party violence and harassment at work. These guidelines were developed following two major conferences organised with the support of the European Commission in March 2008 and October 2009 at which the outcomes of a research on third-party violence were presented along with case studies and joint conclusions. Therefore, these guidelines build on these initiatives and complement the cross-sectoral Framework Agreement on Harassment and Violence at Work of April 26, 2007. The aim of the guidelines is to ensure that that each workplace has a results-oriented policy which addresses the issue of third-party violence. The guidelines set out the practical steps that can be taken by employers, workers and their representatives/trade unions to reduce, prevent and mitigate problems. The steps reflect the best practices developed in our sectors and they can be complemented by more specific and/or additional measures.

The Confederation of European Security Services (CoESS) is the European umbrella organisation for 26 national private security employers’ associations. It was founded in 1989. CoESS is the only representative European employers’ organisation defending the interests of the private security services industry. It is recognised by the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) as a European sectoral social partner in accordance with the European Treaties.


CoESS represents 19 EU Member States and a total of 24 countries, which translates into some 60,000 private security companies employing a total of 2.2 million private security employees. The European private security services industry generates a yearly turnover of approximately € 34.2 billion Euros.


Over the past years, private security has evolved to a global, multi-faceted world in which providers of state of the art technology and equipment combine strengths with providers of skilled manned guarding to offer the best suited solutions and services to the government and corporate users. In Europe, these providers and users are represented by major organisations, such as:

  • EOS – The European Organisation for Security, representing providers of equipment and technology-based solutions and services
  • CoESS – The Confederation of European Security Services, representing providers of skilled guarding services and security systems operators
  • ECSA – The European Corporate Security Association, representing corporate users of security solutions and services. 

Although the main objective of each organisation is to voice the views of its members, these three organisations share the common goal of reaching an adequate level of security, in line with the European ideals of freedom, security and justice. Through periodic consultations and where joint interests exist, they draft common position papers and voice shared views.

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