BlastGard blast mitigation products earn SAFETY Act designation, certification

Published 24 July 2006

A manufacturer of blast mitigation products wins SAFETY Act designation, certification

Good news for Clearwater, Florida-based BlastGard International (OTCBB: BLGA): DHS has designated two of the company’s products — the patent-pending BlastWrap, a blast-mitigating technology, and its BlastGard Mitigating Trash Receptacles (MTR) — as Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies (QATT), and both were placed on the Approved Products List for Homeland Security. The department issued the designation and certification under the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002 (SAFETY Act).

The SAFETY ACT Designation and Certification aim to support effective technologies for preventing, detecting, identifying, or deterring acts of terrorism, or limiting the harm that such acts might cause. DHS demands that products meet certain criteria before earning the designation and certification, among them: the availability of the technology for immediate deployment in public and private settings; the magnitude of risk exposure to the public if the technology is not deployed; the evaluation of scientific studies being feasibly conducted to assess the technology’s capability substantially to reduce risks of harm; and the technology’s effectiveness in facilitating the defense against acts of terrorism.