SAFETY Act Designation & Certification
The US Congress passed the SAFETY Act as part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002. Its purpose is to encourage the development of anti-terrorism products and services by limiting liability for claims brought as a result of a DHS-designated terrorist attack where approved anti-terror technology or services were deployed.
After an extensive review by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of the service standards adopted and followed by Securitas, the DHS has awarded Securitas USA, and certain of its affiliates, SAFETY Act protection (Designated). In June 2015, DHS also awarded the SUSA entities the highest level of protection the Act provides, Certification, for security guard services and certain related services, subject to certain training requirements. These awards both expire July 31, 2020.
As an affiliate of Securitas USA, SCIS implemented training programs (both initial and annual refresher) which have been deployed and satisfy the Certification level of SAFETY Act.
Briefly, here is what this protection means to our valued customers:
- SCIS is entitled to the Government Contractor Defense, which can eliminate liability for claims arising from designated acts of terrorism.
- When applicable, the SAFETY Act should extend the protection to all parties in the supply chain, including all of SCIS’ government and private sector customers and subcontractors.
Please note that the SAFETY Act has not been tested in or interpreted by the courts. The above summary is based upon interpretations of the statutory and regulatory language and is provided for reference purposes only. Availability of the benefits of the SAFETY Act will be dependent upon compliance with the requirements of the Act and the interpretation of the Act by the courts.
For more information about the Department of Homeland Security and the SAFETY Act, visit www.safetyact.gov.