Offsite Records Retention Guidelines

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Offsite storage offers a secure way to store your sensitive documents while also keeping them safe from environmental damage like fire or flooding. In addition, the indexing and management capabilities of a professional offsite storage company makes following records retention guidelines simple.

An offsite storage company will work with you to help you follow all relevant records retention laws and regulations relevant to your industry, and can save you time and money in your overall records management program.

How to Manage Record Retention Offsite

Before your records are stored, they will be indexed using barcodes or RFID tracking. If you take care to organize your records before sending them to a document storage service, tracking and handling retention is a breeze. The process for an offsite records retention program works as follows:

offsite records retention in 3 easy steps

     1. Organize By Retention Time

First, organize the records in each box by retention time. Then, group boxes with similar retention times together.

If the boxes are organized properly, the storage provider can make them available on request. Additionally, many storage services will provide both physical and digital delivery of your records.

2. Provider Picks Up Boxes

The provider will pick up your boxes and transport them to the record storage facility. There, the contents of each box are recorded for easy retrieval later on.

You can also specify a retention time. The document storage provider will take note of that, and notify you when the retention period is close to expiring. One that happens, you can determine if you still want to hold on to them, or if they can be destroyed.

3. Provider Handles Shredding

If you make the decision that the records no longer need to be kept, the offsite records facility will take care of the document destruction. Many record storage services have a shred partner or on-site shredding, making the process quick and efficient. This is more secure than other options because your records are stored and destroyed in one place.

After your records are shredded, you will receive a certificate of destruction. This certificate provides details about the shredding and proves that you complied with all records retention requirements.

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