What is UL 2050 Certification?
UL 2050 at a Glance
Established in 1993, UL 2050 certification is the industry-wide standard for the monitoring, signal processing, investigation, servicing, and operation of alarm systems that have been issued a national industrial security system certificate (or CRZH) by third party safety inspections firm, the Underwriters Laboratory.
The History of UL 2050
All government contractors handling classified information and material and/or military intelligence must meet the United States Department of Defense (DoD) standards for Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIFs).
These guidelines, established in 1993, were initially known as NISPOM (Nation Industrial Security Program Operating Manual). The Underwriters Laboratory (UL) subsequently developed its UL 2050 standard, which was designed to exceed NIPSOM requirements. The DoD recognized UL 2050 as the ideal means of demonstrating compliance and dedication to the highest industry standards.
A UL 2050 certification signifies that a SCIF has been Electronically protected and is under a service agreement to meet UL specifications. . The Underwriter’s Laboratory does not issue the certificate, however. Instead, security companies must go through a rigorous validation process to be listed as CRZH with UL. This authorizes them to consult, construct, inspect, monitor, and certify SCIFs within a four-hour radius (200 miles).
UL 2050 providers work with government agencies and Defense Contractors to provide:
- Comprehensive design, installation, service, and monitoring solutions for SCIFs, secured containers, alarmed rooms, and closed areas.
- Ongoing Semi-annual test and inspections to verify compliance.
- Issuing of UL certificates within 24 hours once CSO/CSA approval is obtained.
- Meticulous attention to detail eliminating pre-inspection errors and providing optimal peace of mind for Facility Security Officers (FSOs).
- Adherence to 15, 20, and 30-minute mandatory response times as outlined in ICD 705 and NISPOM.
An Exclusive Club
Not all security vendors are authorized to provide service for SCIFs, closed rooms, and other secure facilities. Utilizing a non-certified vendor for installation could result in a failed inspection and ultimately significant costs to scrap a project and restart with a certified specialist.
Secom remains one of a select few UL 2050 security providers in the nation authorized to install Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities, secured containers, and closed areas. Our team regularly provides UL 2050 and DoD monitoring services to existing SCIFs, typically with no upfront costs, and our technicians can service any government security system within a 4-hour radius of our Columbia, Maryland headquarters.