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SIMA Best Practices Guidelines
As a non-profit trade association, we value creating best practices guidelines that are easily accessed, adopted and shared, and managed and improved over time. Our process for creating and organizing best practices is driven by open access, education, comprehensive review, and transparency:

Open Access

Best practices guidelines are available to all industry stakeholders, regardless of whether they are members of SIMA.


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 fill out and submit the download forms. To access all four documents at once, login or create a free account at the SIMA Training Center and add the SIMA Best Practices Guidelines here.

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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.

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.