Safety and Security Learning Programmes

The Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) has overall responsibility for all safety and security matters for the United Nations worldwide. Day to day responsibility for managing and responding to safety and security concerns at Headquarters in New York rests with the Security and Safety Service (SSS). As United Nations staff, you too have responsibilities for your safety and security.

Specifically you are responsible for:

  • Immediately upon arrival to your assignment, attending the new staff orientation programme where you will receive a safety and security briefing (contact your Executive Office for details)
  • Making sure you know the security focal point for your floor and/or building
  • Complying with all United Nations safety and security regulations and procedures whether on or off duty
  • Wearing your UN Buildings Pass on your outermost garment within visible range at all times while on UN grounds
  • Knowing how to contact your security focal point outside of office hours
  • Conducting yourself in a manner that does not endanger yourself or others
  • Reporting all safety and security incidents to your security focal point as soon as possible
  • Completing appropriate safety and security training

Online Safety and Security Learning Programmes

Basic Security in the Field: Staff Safety, Health and Welfare (BSITF); is mandatory for all United Nations personnel, regardless of grade or function.

Advanced Security in the Field (ASITF) is mandatory for all United Nations personnel assigned to or travelling to a location that is in Security Phase I or above.

Upon successful completion of each course a certificate is generated by the computer. Staff should save a copy for their records as well as place one in their official status file. Additionally, staff should enter this information on ISECT on the UNDSS Website. See the Profile Box, click “Training” and complete the information for “Add New Training”.

Heads of Departments and Offices are responsible for ensuring completion of the learning programmes by their staff and others for whom they are responsible, and must allow appropriate time and resources for these exercises. The programmes, including instructions for their completion, are available on the United Nations website and the UNDSS website.

Security in the Field

This booklet is the companion document to BSITF and is available on the UNDSS website.

UNDSS Internet Website

To access the UNDSS website, type “” into your browser. You must register to enter the website and you will be able to access this site from home or while travelling.

For more information

Contact Lalmani Baral, (917) 367-9430, FF-1427