Second Draft of ULC-S301 Out for Comments


The Canadian Security Association (CANASA) has announced the proposed second draft of ULC-S301 is out for review. The scope of the standard covers requirements applicable to signal receiving center facilities and protection service, signal processing centers, and bridging centers but does not include requirements for hold-up alarm systems or panic devices. The standard also applies to new signal receiving centers, signal processing centers and bridging centers and newly protected premises installations. With the exception of certain clauses, the standard applies to existing facilities as well.

Comments are being solicited regarding this document, formally titled “Proposed Second Draft (April 2007), Proposed Second Edition, Signal Receiving Centre Burglar Alarm Systems and Operations, ULC S-301,” from a wide variety of stakeholders. CANASA members are welcome to provide comments. The deadline for submitting comments to ULC is May 15.

According to CANASA, this revision of the standard has the potential to change the way companies handle all certified intrusion alarms in Canada. Station operating procedures will have to be revised and new methods of communications are now embraced in the standard.

To review the second draft of ULC-S301, the prescribed form is required. CANASA members can visit the CANASA Members only section of its Web site to find all background information and the form for submitting comments.

Also available on CANASA’s Web site, ULC has developed a “Rationale Tracking Form” to assist its members in understanding what changes have been discussed and approved. This is a relatively new form that has been developed to “track” changes, deletions and additions to ULC standards. The rationale tracking form can assist a review the draft standard by giving insight into the thought process that went into the creation of many of the clauses. In many cases, the comments are as a result of discussions while in other cases the comments are as a result of written comments received by the working group.

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