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Status: Delegated
Registry Provider: Neustar
Type: Generic
Category: Technology
Priority #: 306 - Safety Registry Services, LLS

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.safety is a delegated TLD in ICANN's New gTLD Program. Safety Registry Services, LLS's application succeeded and the TLD was delegated to the Root Zone on 24 December 2015. [1].[2]

European Commission Communiqué

The European Commission flagged the application for .safety outside of ICANN's defined remediation processes.

Just after ICANN's GAC issued its Early Warnings, which are advice given from one GAC member country to an applicant warning it of potential issues within its application, the European Commission issued a letter to all applicants within the new gTLD program. The letter highlights 58 applications that "could raise issues of compatibility with the existing legislation .. and/or with policy positions and objectives of the European Union." It notes a desire to open a dialogue with each offending applicant.

The Commission specifically notes that this objection is not a part of the GAC Early Warning process, and goes on to note that "the Commission does not consider itself legally bound to [ICANN] processes," given that there is not legal agreement between the two bodies.[3][4]

Application Details

The following is an excerpt from the applicant's response to question #18:

"The intended mission and purpose of .SAFETY is to serve as a trusted, hierarchical, intuitive namespace for a network of customers, potential customers, corporations, first responders, experts, and other service organizations to interact with peers, and have access to authoritative content, and generally needed and valuable safety information. In furtherance of this goal, Safety Registry aims to publish a Charter and all associated policies, guidelines, and other supporting documentation related to the implementation of the registry consistent with the Purpose, all prior to launch. All second-level domain names registered by Safety Registry on behalf of itself or a parent⁄affiliate will be registered through an ICANN-accredited registrar and will be consistent with the Purpose.

18.1.2 Grainger’s Commitment to Safety As the largest distributor of safety products in North America, Grainger understands the safety needs of companies and organizations operating facilities safely and helping keep employees safe. Grainger helps them achieve their facility and people-related safety goals by providing products⁄solutions that help to maintain regulatory compliance and reduce the of fines; improve facility safety and reduce accident⁄injury rates; and decrease operating costs such as worker compensation, litigation, and lost productivity. Grainger does this through its 50,000+ safety SKUs in many different safety categories like PPE, First Aid, and Workplace⁄Environmental⁄Public Safety as well as its services capabilities that include safety program management, safety training, customizing of safety products, and managing of safety inventory.

There are a number of Grainger resources that companies and organizations are able to utilize to support their safety efforts such as the online Safety catalog; Strategic Alliances with Safety Product Manufacturers; On the Job Webinar Series; Safety Specialists to answer safety questions; and Quick Tips on key safety topics and issues. Grainger is also a member of some of the leading associations in safety, such as NSC and ASSE, and regularly participates in their tradeshows and conferences.

Grainger has a long history of supporting and serving community organizations through its philanthropy. It has been recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its leadership in partnering with the American Red Cross to recruit and train volunteers from the business community to respond to disasters. Grainger is the national founding sponsor of the Ready When the Time Comes disaster volunteer program in the U.S. and Canada. Graingerʹs strong commitment to community safety is evident in its ongoing service and partnership in emergency preparedness with a spectrum of corporate, not-for-profit, and government organizations.

18.1.3 Potential Business Model Safety Registry does not intend to apply for a community designation under ICANN’s Applicant Guidebook criteria, however, it is committed to operating .SAFETY with a relatively narrow Charter and focus.

Depending upon the reception of .SAFETY, Safety Registry envisions the creation of a Safety Network that could serve as an independent membership organization. Membership in the Safety Network could be a prerequisite to being eligible to register a .SAFETY domain name. While Grainger intends to commit to the initial funding and launch of .SAFETY, it views this future creation of the Safety Network as an important step in the long-term independence, viability, and credibility of .SAFETY. Through the Safety Network, Safety Registry aims to vet the potential registrant pool to ensure that .SAFETY will be a trusted and authoritative namespace of safety-related information, including guidelines and requirements. As currently planned, all members of the Safety Network will also be bound by the Charter, and will be required to abide by the rules and standards set forth in order to maintain registration rights of a .SAFETY domain. Eligible entities may include, but are not limited to the following:

Manufacturers⁄resellers of safety products (even if they are competitors of Grainger) Public safety departments Fire departments Educational institutions Hospitals Non-governmental organizations"[5]