History of the Code

One of the things that trade associations like the PSAI do is to define what is best about their industries.

4927123_xxlThey act as champion and guardian of the industry’s reputation, praising the best ideas, clarifying tough questions and calling out practices that can cause harm. The PSAI Code of Excellence was developed by a committee of industry volunteers and staff using an approach intended to be both aspirational and practical. Whether you are an industry member or not, our Code should paint a picture of what the best companies already do, what good companies are working toward, and stand them in stark contrast to the “bad actors” that harm the reputation of our industry.

The Code of Excellence is now in final form. Thank you to everyone who gave us valuable feedback.

Please take the time to read this document and discuss it with your business partners. If you have questions or comments, email us at info@psai.org.

COVER CODE OF EXCELLENCE COLORFINAL_PSAI_CodeOfExcellence_Final_4CALL: Click here to download a PDF of the Code of Excellence.

12721946_xxlMEMBERS ONLY: We invite you to download and share an informative one-sheet brochure with your customers. Distributing information about how we achieve excellence shows that your company is committed to improving the image of our industry. Click here to log in, and then check out the Members Only Industry Resources page. If you need assistance, call the PSAI office at 952-854-8300.


Code of Excellence Timeline at a Glance

Our Bright FutureMarch 2014
The PSAI Board of Directors approved its strategic plan for the organization. Included was the intention to develop a Code of Excellence for the portable sanitation industry.

Summer 2014
The PSAI formed its new Standards and Guidance Committee with Tim Petersen, Northwest Cascade/Honey Bucket, and Eric Capers, PolyPortables, serving as its co-chairs.

Fall 2014
The Committee conducted research on the Codes of Excellence for similar industries and brainstormed the critical areas for inclusion in a code for the portable sanitation industry.

Web_Excellence_squareNovember 2014
The PSAI Board of Directors approved a general outline for the Code, which would ultimately cover six key areas.

December 2014 – February 2015
The Committee developed the full text of the draft Code.

February 2015
The PSAI Board of Directors approved the draft Code and directed that it be issued to the industry for comment following legal review.

PSAI’s attorney, a specialist in association law, reviewed the draft. Following his recommendation, the Committee incorporated very minor wording changes to the draft.

17857485_xxlMarch – April 2015
The PSAI sought input from throughout the industry during the open comment period. Several PSAI weekly newsletters covered the story as did the April issue of PRO magazine, and the association issued a global press release calling for comment as well (see above). The PSAI set up a special email box to which comments could be submitted. In addition, the Committee held an interactive feedback session at the PSAI’s Annual Convention and Tradeshow in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 28.

Click here to read the March 2015 press release

Late April 2015
The Committee re-convened, reviewed the feedback, and finalized the recommended Code of Excellence language. They then submitted it to the PSAI Board of Directors. May 2015 The PSAI Board of Directors approved the Code of Excellence with a unanimous vote and directed the staff to ensure all members and prospective members are made aware of it.

Web_CodeCover_SquareMay 2015
The PSAI Board of Directors approved the final Code of Excellence language. The PSAI Standards and Guidance Committee provided an update for PSAI Member Companies in the May 27 issue of Association Insight.

June 2015
A press release was issued announcing the COE globally.

Click here to read the June 2015 press release