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Underwriters Laboratories and Rolf Jensen & Associates Partnership offers fire safety evaluations of buildings and building systems

May 29, 2009

Chicago, IL - June 1, 2009 -- Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent product safety certification organization, today announced they have established a framework for future cooperation with Rolf Jensen & Associates (RJA), a leader in fire protection engineering and life safety consulting services. The framework encompasses building fire/safety evaluations and inspections, enabling customers seeking these services to utilize the expertise of two premier life safety organizations working together to achieve the project goals.

"This collaboration is the result of a relationship that UL and RJA have built over the past forty years," explained Chris Hasbrook, Vice President and General Manager for UL's Global Building Materials and Life Safety and Security Industries. "Both firms are focused on safety and client satisfaction, and working in concert with each other to achieve these goals for our clients proves to be a winning situation for all involved."

Commenting on the relationship between UL and RJA, Randy Tucker, P.E., Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Technology Officer for RJA, remarked: "UL is an exceptional organization with an unmatched reputation when it comes to the safety and protection needs of the built environment. Their decades of experience in testing and product compliance go hand-in-hand with our consulting capabilities to provide the safest, most effective life safety solutions."

The services provided through this partnership focus on the complete evaluation of buildings and building systems. The types of evaluations to be conducted include plan review and construction evaluation. In doing plan reviews, the project teams will assess the designs of fire detection and alarm systems; automatic sprinkler systems; special hazard fire protection systems and smoke control systems. Construction evaluation will include evaluation of structural fire resistance rating compliance and fire protection systems installation, review and compliance testing.

About Underwriters Laboratories

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for over a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems annually with 20 billion UL Marks appearing on 72,000 manufacturers' products each year. UL's worldwide family of companies and network of service providers includes 64 laboratory, testing and certification facilities serving customers in 98 countries.

About Rolf Jensen & Associates

Rolf Jensen & Associates (RJA), part of The RJA Group, Inc., is a world leader in fire protection engineering and security consulting. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2009, RJA offers a broad scope of value-added services ranging from code analysis, master planning and fire/smoke/egress modeling to performance-based design, emergency response planning and third party commissioning. Operating from offices in the United States, Asia and The Middle East, RJA consultants have participated on more than 45,000 projects in 60 countries around the world. For more information, visit