ASIS International Awarded SAFETY Act Designation by DHS

SAFETY Act designation limits damages for which ASIS could be accountable for third party claims arising out of the use of the Guidelines


Alexandria, Va. -- ASIS International (ASIS), a leading organization for security management professionals worldwide, has received a Designation award for its Guideline program under the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technology Act of 2002 (the SAFETY Act) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The purpose of the SAFETY Act is to ensure that the threat of liability does not deter manufacturers of anti-terrorism technologies from developing and commercializing new products that could significantly reduce the risks or effects of terrorist events.

Specifically, the SAFETY Act designation caps or otherwise limits the damages for which ASIS can be held accountable for third party claims allegedly arising out of the use of the Guidelines in connection with an act of terrorism. In addition, the designation automatically dismisses any related lawsuits against organizations using the Guidelines as a means to prevent or limit the scope of terrorist acts.

ASIS also now has an application pending for SAFETY Act approval of its certification programs.

"We're very proud to have achieved this designation for our Guidelines program, both because it recognizes ASIS as a leader in the security industry and provides an added level of protection to those organizations using the Guidelines to safeguard their businesses, staffs and customers against acts of terrorism," said ASIS Executive Director, Michael J. Stack. "We look forward to better serving the security industry in the future by achieving similar SAFETY Act approval for our certification programs."

ASIS began issuing Guidelines - a series of security advisory provisions - in 2001 in order to help the private sector secure its business and critical infrastructure, whether from natural disaster, accidents or planned actions, such as terrorist attacks and vandalism. By addressing these specific concerns and issues inherent to the security industry, the Guidelines strive to serve the needs of security professionals by increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security practices and solutions, and enhancing the professionalism of the industry.

For more information and to download copies of the Guidelines, visit http://www.asisonline.org/guidelines/guidelines.htm.