Get your free copy of CGA’s Best Practices 17.0!
-By Erika Lee, CGA Vice President
CGA is pleased to announce the release of Best Practices 17.0, which was published in spring 2020 and includes three new practices. The Best Practices Guide is the preeminent and trusted resource for the industry, with more than 160 practices that cover all phases of the safe digging process. The included practices are designed to improve worker safety, protect vital underground infrastructure and ensure public safety during excavation activities.
The comprehensive guide is separated into sections to share best practices across the industry, including planning and design, locating and marking, excavation, mapping, compliance, education and awareness and more. A helpful appendix is included as a reference for important industry terms and definitions, the color code guide and sample forms, reports and releases.
Best Practices 17.0 contains the following new best practices that address cross bore mitigation and updated communication around new and privately-owned facilities:
- 8-11: Cross bore determination and mitigation
A facility owner/operator has in place a robust, proactive mitigation program to identify and mitigate cross bores where their facilities may intrude upon another owner/operator’s facility. The facility owner/operator program promotes safe mitigation of cross bores. A facility owner/operator provides a communications network as a conduit for third parties to report potential cross bores.
- 2-18: Identifying newly installed or under construction facilities
Facility owner or designee identifies with the one call center, an underground facility that has been installed or is under construction but is not in service.
- 3-32: Communicate potential for privately owned facilities
The one call center educates individuals submitting a locate request that privately owned and operated service lines/facilities may exist. Facility owners/operators of those private service lines/facilities, who are not members of the one call center, will not be notified.
CGA is mailing one hard copy of the full Best Practices Guide to all members. To ensure that you receive your copy as soon as possible, please follow this link to update your address information so that it is delivered to where you are currently working. You can also view and download the full Best Practices Guide and order additional copies here.