As a business member you provide the tools necessary to make winter maintenance safe and sustainable thus providing an essential public service through saving lives and protecting commerce. Very often this contribution to communities is not recognized and appreciated. Through research, education, training, recognition, and awards, PSA will help all those involved in winter maintenance achieve their goals of providing public safety and mobility while giving the profession the reputation it deserves.
PSA is a community of good practice in winter maintenance. By becoming a member your company and your employees join that community. As a member you will have access to member agencies, contractors and operators (your clients) round North America (and elsewhere) in winter maintenance. You will also have exclusive, members only access to the training and educational materials that are geared to the needs of practitioners and you will be able to share the advances and developments that are occurring in your particular field with the members.
As a business it might be helpful to you understand the vision PSA has for training. One of the challenges for anyone in winter maintenance is finding the time to read lengthy research reports and pull from them the critical information needed to better their operations. This is one area where PSA is taking the lead, by distilling those reports down to single page documents, highlighting key facts and actions contained therein. At a glance you will be able to see if the new methods, materials, equipment, sensors or strategies make sense for your agency as not all of them will be suitable for every agency. The single pages link to full length resources where in-depth information can be gleaned. Topics can range from salt storage, sustainable application of chemicals, use of brine to key safety issues and everything in between.
PSA offers a variety of training tools geared towards the needs of practitioners. These tools range from our one-pagers to training sessions, one day workshops and seminars, and webinars. Because PSA is a small independent association it can be flexible in where training sessions can be held. It is possible for the team to go to a city and reach out to the smaller agencies nearby who may not have the resources to attend large events. PSA also works in conjunction with larger associations.
The topics for the one-day events will be chosen by PSA but will also be drawn from suggestions and requests from the members. One of the actions which makes PSA a community will be regular (but very short – no more than three questions) surveys (on a monthly basis, at least initially), in which members are asked what they need to know about. This will help us tailor make the training that we offer, gearing it to specific agencies and organizations.In that way, we can build our community more effectively to be a real resource for you. The association is about you – the winter maintenance professional – and as such exists to meet your needs
As a member business you will automatically receive a 25% discount on the registration fees for any of your employees attending a PSA training session. You will have the opportunity to sponsor events and training at a reduced rate.
The website is the hub of the community of good practice, a focal point where members can share thoughts and suggestions. It will include a number of forums in which discussion of the challenges of winter maintenance in various areas (e.g. materials, equipment, environmental concerns, and others as determined by you, the members) will be held. From these forums we expect to develop ideas for webinars and training which will be shared and made fully available only to PSA members.
As an industry member you will have the opportunity to advertise on the web site.