FACT: 73.6% of California Shredding Companies Fail to Meet Industry Security Standards
Why You Should Choose a NAID AAA Certified Shredding Company
Of the 125 shredding companies operating in California, only 33 have satisfied the stringent security requirements necessary to achieve a AAA Certified rating, awarded by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID).
NAID is the Watchdog of the Shredding Industry
NAID is a non-profit association dedicated to the advancement, professionalism, and high ethical standards of the information destruction industry. They act as an independent auditor, checking a shredding company’s compliance in 22 critical areas, including everything from shred size to employee background checks.
Here are just a few of the critical items that NAID verifies during their ongoing audits:
- Pre-employment and random criminal background checks on all employees
- Pre-employment and random drug screening for all employees
- Certified proof that shredded output is unreadable
- $2,000,000 general liability insurance
- Driver and helpers wear a company uniform and display photo ID badges
- Comprehensive written security policies and procedures
- Owners and officers have a third party background check on file
- All employees sign a Confidentiality, and Non-Disclosure Agreement
The Importance of NAID AAA Certification
Why is the AAA Certified rating so important? Because it’s the only way for you to verify that a shredding company has complied with industry security standards. Shredding companies that refuse to submit to audits from a third party watchdog organization (like NAID) are asking you to trust them to regulate themselves. And that’s simply not good enough.
Warning! Some shredding companies will claim to be AAA Certified just to get your business, because they know that most people won’t bother to check up on them. Be sure to visit their website and look for the AAA NAID Certification logo. It’s the only way to determine if the shredding company you choose is providing the highest level of document security.