Pro Sweep subscribes to the highest ethics in the power sweeping industry.
No special licensing is required for operation in the power sweeping industry. However, Pro Sweep is a signator to the leading ethical program in the power sweeping industry, the World Sweeping Association's Ethics in Power Sweeping Initiative (Click link for more info; opens into a new browser window).
In addition, Pro Sweep is involved in a pro-active debris screening program that reduces the amount and cost of debris disposal for our customers. At the same time, it is a process that offers a host of additional benefits to the environment.
Professional Involvement and Ethics
We are members in good standing of the North American Power Sweeping Association (NAPSA), as well as a Member of the World Sweeping Association (WSA).
Through our Association memberships we are kept up-to-date on the latest tips, techniques and methods for power sweeping.
This includes access to the very latest in business methods throughout our industry, including information on the most recent sweeping technology, tips and techniques for doing our work for our clients more efficiently than ever before.
See Why Ethics Matters
We invite you to review the requirements of the World Sweeping Association's Ethics in Power Sweeping Initiative, which you will see shown below.
To help you find out if your current contractor maintains the same industry-leading standards, we offer WorldSweeper's downloadable pdf file on the program's requirements here on our website.
Ethical Practice Standards for Power Sweeping Companies
Since sweeping doesn't require any type of specific licensing, companies that need sweeping often do not realize how to confirm that their contractor of choice is worthy of their business. Although situations vary from state-to-state, in most areas a reputable sweeping contractor will be able to provide their clients with the following:
- Company carries a reasonable level of liability insurance and a copy of companys Certificate of Insurance should be supplied upon request.
If the contractor doesn't carry liability coverage then the owner of the property on which an accident occurs is much more likely to be held financially liable.
- Workers compensation insurance is carried on all employees and all subcontractors used are required to comply with such rules.
Some companies cut corners by not paying the workmens' compensation
on their employees. Without it, there is a much greater chance that a sweeper operator who gets injured will successfully be able to sue the owner of the property for damages.
- Company complies with all local, state and federal regulations regarding both required
licenses and the proper disposal of sweeping debris. Proof of proper disposal methods will be supplied to customers upon request. All required taxes are being paid, including all payroll, sale and fuel taxes.
Legitimate businesses comply with ethical business practices, including all licensing requirements. Hiring companies deserve assurance that payroll and any other taxes required are being paid. In some states, the liability for some taxes may be passed on to the client company if they are not paid by the contractor.
Likewise, client companies may have liability for any of its debris not disposed of legally and properly. If property managers do not provide an onsite container to dump collected litter, they should be able to confirm that litter from their site is being disposed of legally and properly.
- Employees receive training for all equipment used and we strive to provide them with safe working conditions. All state and federal laws regarding compensation are followed.
Employees who enjoy safe working conditions and who have been trained are more likely to do a good job and less likely to have accidents that result in injury to themselves or others. Also, client companies deserve assurance that all laws regarding employee compensation are being followed.
- Business is conducted with honesty, integrity and projection of a professional image. Advertising is truthful and non-deceptive. Proposals shall be complete and accurate in describing services/products rendered.
Much of the business of power sweeping is conducted at night, when property
managers are not present. Since sweeping contractors represent their client companies while onsite sweeping, it is important that the job be done professionally and honestly.
Likewise, sweeping companies owe it to their industry and to their prospective clients to provide any and all company information accurately and truthfully, as well as to provide the level of services agreed upon prior to beginning work for a client.
Presented by Pro Sweep, Inc. in the interest of promoting sound and ethical business standards throughout the sweeping industry. You are welcome to download this information as a pdf file.