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Jan 27,2009

ABM Security Services Awarded Safety Act Certification by the Department of Homeland Security

ABM Security Services Awarded Safety Act Certification by the Department of Homeland SecurityNEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has approved the security guard services provided by ABM Security Services for the highest level of liability protection under the SAFETY Act. The DHS award of SAFETY Act Certification provides liability protection to ABM Security Services and its customers in the event of a terrorist attack. ABM Security Services is a subsidiary of ABM Industries Incorporated (NYSE:ABM - News), one of the United States’ leading facility services contractors.

SAFETY Act Certification provides liability protection for qualified anti-terrorism technologies deemed, after careful review by DHS, to be effective, reliable, and safe. (The term ‘technologies’ encompasses both products and services.) Customers and end-users of SAFETY Act certified anti-terrorism technologies are shielded from third-party claims concerning the technology, in the event of a terrorist attack.

“Since September 11, 2001, many organizations have faced an unfortunate real-world challenge: putting in place assets that provide some measure of protection against terrorist threats, while at the same time protecting themselves, financially, from any potential litigation arising from the deployment of those assets following a terrorist event. The SAFETY Act was designed to address that challenge by creating a mechanism for identifying high-quality anti-terrorist technologies and services and providing vital liability protection to encourage their use,” said Chris Hansen, executive vice president, ABM Security Services.

“Receiving SAFETY Act Certification puts our security guard services on the Department of Homeland Security’s Approved Product List and gives our customers one more important reason for selecting ABM Security Services,” added Hansen.


The Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act (SAFETY Act) was enacted as part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002. It was designed to facilitate the development and deployment of anti-terrorism technologies by creating systems of “risk management” and “litigation management.” Protections under the Act apply only to claims that arise out of, relate to, or result from an act of terrorism.

The SAFETY Act provides three levels of increasing liability protection: Developmental Testing and Evaluation (DT&E) Designation; Designation; and Certification. SAFETY Act Certification is the highest rating and includes all of the available liability protections afforded by the Act.

About ABM Industries

ABM Industries Incorporated (NYSE:ABM - News), which operates through its subsidiaries (collectively “ABM”), is among the leading providers of facility services in the United States. With fiscal 2008 revenues in excess of $3.6 billion and more than 101,000 employees, ABM provides janitorial, parking, security and engineering services for thousands of commercial, industrial, institutional and retail facilities across the United States, Puerto Rico and British Columbia, Canada. ABM’s business services include ABM Janitorial Services; ABM Engineering Services; ABM Facility Services; Ampco System Parking; and ABM Security Services.

ABM Industries Incorporated
Tony Mitchell (Vice President, Corporate Communications), 212-297-9828

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