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Work from home in Canada - requesting comments to participate in poll on issue
November 14,  2023
Work from home in Canada - requesting comments to poll on issue
            Way up north in Canada the subject of “Work Remotely” is still being considered.  UL Standards and Engagements recently conducted a formal ballot on a Work Remotely proposal for CAN/ULC 561 - Standard for Installation and Services for Fire Signal Receiving Centres and Systems. The ULS&E 500F1 Technical Committee voted 19 in favour and 17 against Work Remotely.  In accordance with the ULS&E Accreditation Manual the proposal failed to attain consensus despite the simple majority.  The proposal can be re-activated.
            The Canadian Security Association represents Canadian installation, service and monitoring companies.  We are currently conducting a poll of Canadian Monitoring Companies to determine whether we should continue the initiative to have Work Remotely incorporated into our fire and intrusion alarm monitoring standards.  I appreciate that many contributors to this forum have expressed their negative thoughts on this matter.
            This is a request for responses to the poll from Canadian Monitoring Stations AND any U.S. based central stations that are providing services in accordance with CAN/ULC 561.  With respect to those individuals who may approve of, or disagree with the concept of Work Remotely, we request that only stations that provide CAN/ULC 561 services respond.  Here is a link to the poll.  If necessary responders can copy and paste the following into a browser to access the poll:
            The identity of the poll responders will be kept confidential – only the poll results will be published.
The poll is open until November 20/23.
            Thank you for everything you do for the betterment of the security alarm industry.
 Dave Currie, Chair
CAN/ULC 561 and CAN/ULC 301 Working Groups
            If you have an informed opinion here is another opportunity to contribute and make a difference.

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