Good Sense Prevails – Thanks to the IAPSC

The International Association of Professional Security Consultants, Inc. (IAPSC) is the most widely respected and recognized security association in the industry. The primary purpose of the IAPSC is to establish and maintain the highest industry standards for professionalism and ethical conduct.

In November 2012, IASPC President Rich Grassie and Immediate Past President Norman Bates wrote to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) stating IAPSC’s strong opposition to the development of the NFPA 730 Guide into national code due to the substantial liability implications that a violation of their proposed code represented to every business and organization in the country.

Of course such liability claims are completely contrary to the purpose of the insurance industry drive for this initiative—which is to reduce overall claims.

Last month, Bates addressed the standing committee for the NFPA’s 730 Guide at their meeting in Tampa, FL. The committee members were very receptive to IAPSC’s warnings about business and municipal liability, should they decide to make the 730 Guide into a national code.

Bates explained that violation of such a code in many jurisdictions could result in automatic civil liability that could include attorney’s fees and costs in addition to any jury award.Bates also explained how some plaintiff’s security experts were already using the 730 Guide to argue that some property owners were “negligent” for not following their current Guide. Several NFPA committee members appeared to be troubled by that notion.

Following the IAPSC presentation by Bates, the committee took another vote on the issue of “code” versus “guide” and voted to keep NFPA 730 as a guideline only.

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You can read more about the IAPSC’s advocacy work here.


This is excellent news. But it important to take note of the fact that there are valid drivers behind the NFPA’s initiative, primarily insurance industry desires to lower the cost of property insurance claims—which of course would benefit customers as well by reducing the impact of security risks. Overall, the security profession (security practitioners) and the security industry (manufacturers and service providers) have not stepped up to the plate to sufficiently help address these concerns. The NFPA will likely continue in its work to further develop this guideline, and hopefully that will happen with a greater level of participation from security professionals and industry experts.

Ray Bernard, PSP, CHS-III
Security Consultant 

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