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TMA: U.S. workers in monitoring, life safety on essentials list


March 31, 2020
By SP&T Staff

According to The Monitoring Association (TMA), electronic security, fire, monitoring and life safety services are all indicated to be a U.S. “essential workforce” in the DHS CISA guidelines.

The TMA released the following statement on March 31:

“As COVID-19 began to spread rapidly across the United States weeks ago, The Monitoring Association (TMA) proactively initiated communications with the White House and federal authorities to inform key decision makers as to the critical role played by electronic security, fire, monitoring and life safety services and professionals. The Electronic Security Association (ESA) joined TMA in this vital request. On March 28, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a notice explicitly mentioning the security industry.”

DHS guidelines on the essential critical infrastructure workforce list include:

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• LAW ENFORCEMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY, AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS (Page 6)
o Workers – including contracted vendors — who maintain, manufacture, or supply equipment and services supporting law enforcement emergency service and response operations (to include electronic security and life safety security personnel).
• COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (Page 11)
o Communications: Workers providing electronic security, fire, monitoring and life safety services, and to ensure physical security, cleanliness and safety of facilities and personnel, including temporary licensing waivers for security personnel to work in other States of Municipalities.

“While the list is advisory in nature and it is not, nor should it be considered, a federal directive or standard, many states are relying on this list when determining who is essential. Being explicitly mentioned makes it easier to make the case for our industry,” advised the TMA.

Read more on the TMA website.