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Sweeping Industry Ethics

Power Sweeping Contractors'
Industry Ethics Statement

Code of Ethics Button We suggest all who purchase sweeping services from a contractor should confirm whether or not the contractor is in compliance with the World Sweeping Association's Industry Ethics Statement.

Once a contractor is hired, customers are able to confirm some service issues, including how good a job is getting done, ease of getting hold of the company when needed, callback speed, etc. As it turns out, these items are less important than a number of others.

Power sweeping doesn't require any type of specific industry licensing. And, unfortunately, the people who hire sweeping done often don't know the most important questions to ask. For that reason, the editorial board of, in conjunction with the World Sweeping Association, has developed the following ethical checklist. If you have arrived at this page by clicking on the above logo at a contractor's website, that means the contractor is a WSA member that has confirmed in writing its compliance with the Association's Ethics Statement.

If the sweeping company you're using does not display the program logo in its marketing materials and/or is not listed in's Contractor Locator area, we have developed an informational handout you can provide them with to confirm the company's professionalism. If you need us to email, fax or mail you this form, or if you have any other questions about this program, please let us know.

To become a member in the World Sweeping Association, a contractor company must be willing and able to provide their customers, upon request, with any or all of the following:

World Sweeping Association's
Industry Ethics Statement
         Requirement                        Why this is important...
Insurance. Company must carry a reasonable level of liability insurance and a copy of company's Certificate of Insurance will 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 Law Compliance 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.
Regulations Compliance 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 Employees receive training for all equipment used and are provided 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.
General 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. presents this information in the interest of promoting sound and ethical business standards throughout the United States power sweeping industry.

For questions, to suggest clarifications or additions, or apparent noncompliance by a listed contractor, please use this link to contact us.

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