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Creating Common Ground

Take the time to adopt better practices for snow and ice  management.

Best Practices Guidelines

Our Process

Open Access. Best practices guidelines are available to all industry stakeholders, regardless of whether they are members of SIMA.
Education. SIMA is spearheading educational partnerships and communication programs to help all parties adopt the best practices guidelines over time.

Comprehensive Review. Best practices guidelines are reviewed by groups of stakeholders, including subject matter experts, snow contractors, facilities managers, and industry materials and equipment suppliers.
Quality Control & Transparency. Best practices guidelines are living documents, and suggestions, recommendations, or concerns can be submitted online here. All comments submitted to SIMA will be reviewed.

Download the Best Practices Guidelines

View more information and download SIMA's current best practices guidelines by clicking the links below to complete the download form.




Best Practices Checklist

This tool can be used by anyone who is seeking to hire snow & ice management services, and by snow removal contractors themselves, to assess the various attributes that make up a professional, quality snow management operation.

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Standard Glossary of Terms

The glossary is a general reference designed to help all industry stakeholders communicate more effectively. It defines key terms used in the procuring, selling, planning, implementing, and legal defense of professional snow & ice management services in North America.

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Best Practices in Snow
Service Procurement

This 52-week visual timeline was created to help facilities and property managers, snow service providers, and snow industry suppliers align on a general schedule to streamline the RFP and contract negotiation process to ensure sites are ready before winter begins.

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Best Practices for
Sustainable Salt Use

This guideline serves as an informal audit of any site, company, or organization that utilizes salts to deice or anti-ice. It provides a set of policies and activities that can reduce salt output, with the goal of increasing the training, knowledge, and skill of the organization.

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Quality RFP Creation
and Best Practices

Knowing how to describe your service requirements in a snow and ice management RFP can be difficult due to variable winter weather. This document organizes the service procurement process to aid in the creation of RFPs, contracts, and monitoring procedures.

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Procurement and Planning Standard

All parties related to commercial snow and ice management are constantly pushed to maintain higher levels of service, manage environmental impact, and mitigate slip and fall liability.

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