Safety Act Certification

By: Simplexgrinnell  09-12-2011


Department of Homeland Security Provides Important Liability Protections for SimplexGrinnell Customers

Overview
SimplexGrinnell can deliver important new value as a leader in fire and life safety – an added layer of liability protection to help customers in the event of an act of terrorism.

In offering this benefit to SimplexGrinnell customers, we are taking advantage of a landmark federal law designed to protect our country, our citizens and our critical assets with advanced anti-terrorism technologies.

In September 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded SimplexGrinnell SAFETY Act (Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies) Certification and Designation coverage for its security, fire and life-safety systems integration services.  To achieve SAFETY Act certification, SimplexGrinnell had to demonstrate that its services can in some way deter, defend against, identify, respond to, or mitigate an act of terrorism. SimplexGrinnell passed the rigorous review of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to earn certification for our security, fire and life-safety systems integration services under the SAFETY Act.  

Background
The SAFETY Act is an important federal law that encourages the creation and sale of anti-terror products and services to help protect the nation’s citizens.  It was enacted by Congress following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296.  Congress has stated that the purpose of the SAFETY Act is to “ensure that the threat of liability does not deter potential manufacturers or sellers of anti-terrorism technologies from developing and commercializing technologies that could save lives.” 

SimplexGrinnell’s SAFETY Act certification provides significant liability protections to the company and its customers, subcontractors, vendors and suppliers.  These protections would come into play in the event of an act of terrorism at a site where SimplexGrinnell’s approved services have been deployed. 

Protection for our Customers
SimplexGrinnell’s SAFETY Act protection extends to customers for the security, fire and life-safety system integration services that we provide under our SAFETY Act designation and certification. If a customer using SimplexGrinnell’s security, fire and life-safety systems integration services suffer damages from a homeland terrorist attack, that business or institution can be given legal liability protections against civil claims.

The SAFETY Act certification covers our array of services for fire alarm, fire sprinkler, fire suppression, integrated security, emergency communications, special hazards, nurse call, sound and communications, and monitoring. The coverage extends across our full portfolio, from enterprise-wide, networked solutions to testing, inspection, maintenance, repair and central monitoring services.

 

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