Ground Disturbance - Best Practices
Ground Disturbance Best Practices was developed as, and continually references Global Training Centre’s renowned Level I and II programs. This Best Practices program is NOT acceptable for workers and supervisors that require endorsed programs by the following CCGA regional partners:
This program has been designed for those that need an understanding and knowledge on Ground Disturbance Best Practices based on the Common Ground Alliance best practices that are nationally accepted. This program is the perfect solution for those jurisdictions that have a legal requirement for training, but do not have a jurisdictional approved program. When working around underground facilities workers need to recognize, and understand the hazards and the proper steps to conducting a ground disturbance. This program does not cover the specific jurisdictional requirements or legislation (if required select an endorsed program above). Ground Disturbance best practices can save you dollars, time, and more importantly lives!
The program ensures that personnel are familiar with, and fully understand, all best practices involved when a ground disturbance takes place. This course was built in two logical modules:
- Ground Disturbance Level Part 1
- Ground Disturbance Level Part 2
Each of these modules consist of sub-modules, presented in a logical sequence – from the pre-planning stage to the close out, all with a focus on damage prevention. Participants learn how to clarify sources when searching for underground facilities, provide notification to the facility owner and receive owner notification. Participants gain an understanding of the necessary approvals/crossing agreements and regulations necessary before creating a ground disturbance. They gain an understanding of line locating, including the use of electro-magnetic equipment, learn about types of exposure, and how to close out a ground disturbance project.
The practical exercise in the Ground Disturbance Part 2 immerses the participant in the role of a Ground Disturbance Supervisor, allowing them to make critical decisions in a safe space. Course content includes 3D animated scenarios, expert character guideposts, interactive learning exercises, competency quiz questions, a full glossary and toolbox of regulations, codes, guides, and also a defensible final exam.
Upon successful completion students will be issued a training certificate valid for three (3) years.
Exam: A mark of 80% must be achieved in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants are able to repeat the course a total of 3 attempts if passing mark not achieved.
This course was built in two logical modules: Ground Disturbance Part 1
- Introduction to Ground Disturbance Part 1
- Damage Prevention: Who, How, and Why?
- What is Ground Disturbance?
- My Role as a Ground Disturber
- Understanding the Hazards
Ground Disturbance Part 2
- Introduction to Ground Disturbance Part 2
- Damage Prevention Stakeholders
- Why Do Hits Occur?
- Pre-Job Planning
- Searching the Area
- Locating and Marking
- Executing the Ground Disturbance Safely
- Completing the Ground Disturbance
- Exercise – Conducting a Ground Disturbance
Ground Disturbance - Best Practices Final Exam