Reasons to Choose a NAID AAA Certified Shredding Provider

NAID AAA Certified LogoThe National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) is an international, non-profit trade organization for the shredding and destruction industry. NAID’s mission is to promote the information destruction industry and the standards and ethics of its member companies. NAID also issues AAA Certification to qualified shredding and destruction providers. In this blog, we discuss what this certification means and the benefits of partnering with a NAID AAA Certified shredding vendor.

NAID AAA Certification Requirements

In order to obtain , a shredding vendor must pass an audit conducted by a third-party Certified Protection Professional (CPP®), accredited by the American Society for Industrial Security International (ASIS). Several areas are assessed during the audit, including:

  • Facility and operational security
  • Employee hiring practices
  • Destruction equipment and processes
  • Insurance requirements

After AAA Certification is awarded, NAID inspectors conduct random and announced audits to verify ongoing compliance with NAID standards.


NAID AAA Certified shredding and destruction providers meet the strictest security standards. Access to sensitive and confidential materials is always restricted. Secure shredding collection containers are used when collecting your documents. Uniformed and background-screened shredding technicians adhere to a stringent chain of custody protocol to protect your information from unauthorized access. These rigorous standards ensure your employees, customers, and vendors are protected from identity theft and business fraud throughout the shredding process.


HIPAA, FACTA, GLB, and many state regulations require businesses to maintain written information protection policies and procedures. Non-compliance may result in monetary fines and/or civil and criminal prosecution. Partnering with a NAID AAA Certified shredding provider helps your business meet state and federal privacy law requirements. The entire paper shredding and media destruction process is recorded to video and stored for 90 days. A Certificate of Destruction is issued after each shredding and destruction project, providing legal proof of your organization’s compliance with information disposal standards.

Peace of Mind

Running a business can be worrisome enough; outsourcing your information destruction shouldn’t be stressful. Choosing a NAID AAA Certified shredding partner offers the assurance you need when destroying your most confidential and sensitive information.

For more information about NAID AAA Certified shredding and destruction, please call us at (615) 242-9600 or complete the form on this page.

Richards & Richards offers document shredding and media destruction services for businesses throughout Nashville.

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