NAPSA’s Power Sweeping Standard – 2018PPS1000

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What is a standard?

In the litigious business environment that power sweepers operate, NAPSA has begun bringing order to chaos. As an approved Standards Writer for the American National Standards Institute, NAPSA has developed a standard for the industry. This standard has set out basic guidelines for best practices in power sweeping. Why is this important? A recognized standard for power sweeping is trainable therefore creating a defendable solution to frivolous law suits.

Why is a standard important to me as well as the industry?

The standard upholds objective minimum criteria for the determination of competence, responsibility, and obligation in power sweeping. The standard’s approval will help contractors in defending against litigation and should result in reduced insurance rates. These benefits arise because contractors can now show that they have met an approved national standard for service and operation instead of relying upon arbitrary interpretations. The standard also has the effect of boosting the professionalism of the industry, which should also net a positive impact on a power sweeping company’s bottom line.

How do you write a standard?

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is the voice of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system. ANSI empowers its members and constituents to strengthen the U.S. marketplace position in the global economy while helping to assure the safety and health of consumers and the protection of the environment. The Institute oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines by developing a process for standards to be written. Organizations such as NAPSA apply to become a standards writer by developing a process to insure balance among the stakeholders of the standard. For NAPSA, the timeline for approval as a standard writer and approval of the first standard has been nearly three years.