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Standard Practice for Procuring
and Planning Snow and Ice
Management Services

SIMA-10-2020

Standard Practice Cover

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.

Only through cooperation and adherence to standards between facilities management/owners and snow contractors will the industry be able to keep sites open, reduce environmental impact, and manage the threat of slip and falls effectively.

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The Standard Practice for Procuring and Planning Snow and Ice Management Services was approved by ANSI as an American National Standard.

It covers the following:

General Procurement

This section includes recommended minimum contract term lengths, optimal contract award dates, and general information related to the use of subcontractors.


Level of Service (LOS) &
Scope of Work (SOW)

This section focuses on descriptions of desired outcomes, service timeframes, and service priorities related to LOS. It also emphasizes guidelines for SOW, including site assessment and inspection recommendations and more.

Monitoring Procedures & Documentation

This section highlights minimum guidelines for service documentation/reporting, billing requirements, technology requirements, service controls and decision-making, and communication processes.

Two ways to get the Standard

Option 1

Non-Members: Buy Online

Purchase the standard (pdf) anytime at our online store. Best for non-members of SIMA who just want the Standard. Cost: $150

Non-members should strongly consider joining to access the Standard at no additional charge, along with the many other benefits of being a part of SIMA.

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Option 2

SIMA Members: Standard included!

Members of SIMA have two ways to access the Standard, included with your membership investment.

  • The stand-alone Standard (pdf) is available anytime to members in the Standards & Best Practices download section at My.sima.org.
  • Recommended: Members are encouraged to access the Standard (pdf) as part of the Procuring and Planning Snow and Ice Management Services certificate course. Any individual who earns this certificate receives the Standard, with a guarantee of verified knowledge in the Standard, its goals, and each component.

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