UL provides guidelines for the evaluation of alarm certificate service providers

Underwriters Laboratories announced this week that it has created a list of "suggested minimum criteria" authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) should look at when evaluating a third party auditing firm’s ability to assess alarm service providers.

Among some of the criteria listed by UL for the acceptance of a third party alarm service company includes; compliance with ISO Guide 65; a comprehensive description of its evaluation and surveillance audit processes, procedures, policies, check lists and other documentation needed for stakeholders to fully understand the depth & breadth of its program; and, a listing organization's personnel qualifications criteria should require a defined minimum level of experience and demonstrated competency in the alarm industry as a prerequisite for conducting alarm service evaluations and conducting alarm service follow up audits. Click here to read the full list of criteria.

According to a statement issued by UL, this announcement comes in anticipation of a Sept. 14, 2011 deadline in which OSHA will be removing NFPA 72 from its list of accreditation standards.

"As safety is UL's number one goal, we feel it's important to help provide clarity for AHJs and industry alike on minimum criteria necessary when evaluating potential third party auditing firms in the alarm service provider space." said Robert Tockarshewsky, UL Life Safety & Security Industry marketing director. "Some organizations may have used NRTL designation as a sign that OSHA supports their ability to perform third party auditing of alarm service delivery; however in reality, NRTL designation by OSHA simply supports a company's capabilities (not their actual ability) to test alarm products."