WISA members are committed to adhering to a Code of Conduct with Guiding Principles and Performance Standards that guide the Association’s efforts to be a leader in fostering a healthy, safe and environmentally responsible sand mining industry in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association, Code of Conduct (pending final approval)

I.   Guiding Principles

  • To lead in ethical ways that benefit society, the environment and the economy, People, Planet and Prosperity;
  • To design and operate industrial sand facilities in a safe and environmentally sound manner;
  • To promote clean water and clean air, minimization of waste and conservation of energy and other critical resources in the mining and processing of industrial sand;
  • To collaborate with state and local governments in the state of Wisconsin in the development of effective, efficient and scientifically based safety, health, environmental and land use laws, regulations and standards;
  • To be a leader in education and research on the health, safety, and environmental effects of crystalline silica and industrial sand mining and processing operations;
  • To communicate with stakeholders and listen to and consider their perspectives, seek a balance between competing interests, consistent with People, Planet, Prosperity;
  • To make continual progress toward a goal of no accidents, injuries, occupational disease. cases at or from industrial sand operations in the state of Wisconsin, and to openly report health and safety performance;
  • To work with carriers to foster the safe transport of industrial sand, to work with carriers and other stakeholders to minimize to the extent commercially feasible the impact of transporting sand;
  • To instill a culture throughout all levels of the member company organizations to continually advance these guiding principles.

II.  Performance Standards


  • All WISA members are encouraged to participate in the Wisconsin DNR Green Tier Program, with respect to each of its industrial sand facilities within the state of Wisconsin.
  • Regardless of participation in Green Tier, all WISA members shall demonstrate a commitment to the following:
    • A strong environmental compliance record, with no recent civil or criminal judgments or DNR citations;
    • A formal Environmental Management System that has been in place and has documented results;
    • Annual compliance audit are performed by the participant or an external auditor;
    • Prompt follow-up action to any findings of non-compliance or non-conformance discovered during the annual audits; and;
    • Continual improvement of environmental performance


  • Adopt the National Industrial Sand Association’s (NISA) Silicosis Prevention Program and implement the NISA Occupational Health Program (OHP), which means that each member of WISA is required at a minimum to conduct dust monitoring for respirable crystalline silica and medical surveillance per the guidelines set forth in the NISA OHP (as it may be amended from time to time) in connection with their Wisconsin industrial sand facilities. Further, WISA members will report annually the results of medical surveillance and dust sampling at their Wisconsin industrial sand facilities to WISA.
  • Maintain an average respirable crystalline silica dust exposure level for each major job category, for each Wisconsin industrial sand facility, at or below .05 mg/m3.

Community, including land use, transportation, community outreach and emergency response initiatives:

  • Dialog with stakeholders, and action as appropriate, to minimize the community impacts of industrial sand operations, e.g., tangible efforts to reduce noise, light pollution, blasting impacts, visual impacts, impact of truck and rail traffic;
  • Establish a program to communicate relevant information concerning Wisconsin facilities to local communities;
  • Engage local communities to identify and promote local community education projects, e.g., facility open houses, tours;
  • Develop and manage wildlife habitat;
  • Engage the local community to identify and promote local environmental projects.

Post Mining Land Use/Reclamation

  • Adopt reclamation plans to provide post-mining economic and/or environmental value to the affected communities; engage the stakeholders when appropriate in connection with reclamation and post-mining land use planning; maintain compliance with mining permit and reclamation plan.


  • Chief Executive Officer (or equivalent) written commitment to Guiding Principles and Performance Standards;
  • With regard to the Performance Standards, submit a report annually to WISA by February 15 of each year, starting in 2014, describing the results for each Standard for the prior calendar year.

Download a PDF of WISA’s Code of Conduct