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SAFETY Act and What You Need To Know

In 2002, after the 9/11 attacks, the private sector was reluctant to develop security products and services in civilian settings due to the enormous liability risks involved.  In response, Congress enacted the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act to encourage the development and deployment of new and innovative anti-terrorism products and services.  The SAFETY Act created liability limitations for claims arising out of, relating to, or resulting from an act of terrorism.  The Act applies to a broad range of products and services, including technology products, software and other forms of anti-terrorism security measures.

Since the SAFETY Act also provides liability protections for companies deploying SAFETY Act Certified/Designated products, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has listed an extensive list of approved technologies.  You can find the list here.  At Hays Companies we recommend any company that could reasonably foresee being exposed to a terrorist act or threat to highly consider purchasing approved SAFETY Act technologies to be used as a strong defense if you are attacked in a way that technology was designed to prevent.

At Hays Companies we also want our clients to consider if they are producing or consulting on products/services that could be used in an anti-terrorism capacity, that becoming Certified or Designated by the Department of Homeland Security could significantly lessen their potential liability.

To understand the criteria for designation or certification please refer to this SAFETY Act Fact Sheet and the SAFETY Act website.  As of May 2013, DHS has made 600 approvals for products, technologies and services supporting more than 151,000 private sector jobs in small and large businesses.

To learn more about the SAFETY Act and how to apply for SAFETY Act protections, visit Hays Companies, Cyber Liability Practice Leader, Dave Wasson ( is also available for consultations.

Hays Companies Awarded Top Workplace

For the third straight year, Hays Companies of Wisconsin is proud to be named southeastern Wisconsin’s Top Workplace. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel teamed with Workplace Dynamics, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement, to determine the top employers in the area. Employers were measured by six factors: working environment, pay and benefits, leadership, execution, career and direction. The full listing published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel can be found here.

Hays strives to make employee satisfaction a high priority. Chief Executive Officer, Jim Hays, and the other senior officers expect hard work, high ethics and quality results, but it’s also a place where employees can always find assistance and support, particularly during any personal or family struggles. “We do what we think is best for our people and our customers and always emphasize work/life balance.”

Dan Sapiro, President of Hays Companies of WI shared, “By far this is the best group of insurance talent that I have ever been associated with.”

Hays Companies is one of the fastest growing risk management, insurance and employee benefits advisors in the country. Our 700+ team represents a dynamic, entrepreneurial assembly of the best and brightest in the industry. With over 30 offices across the country, we draw from a pool of unrivaled expertise, in legal, certified public accountants, financial services and claims to design a team devoted to your needs, and your needs alone.


Hays Team Recognized With Prestigious Industry Award

Congratulations to Hays team members Bruce Lyon and Bruce Hollcroft! They recently received first place honors at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) 2013 Professional Paper Awards Competition.

Their article, “Risk Assessments: Top 10 Pitfalls & Tips for Improvement” competed in the Technical Writing Category and was published in the December 2012 issue of Professional Safety magazine.

Mr. Lyon and Mr. Hollcroft will attend the Safety 2013 Conference in Las Vegas this summer to be recognized among their peers and receive their award.

Read the award-winning article Risk Assessments: Top 10 Pitfalls & Tips for Improvement