Dig Safe Month
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Senate of Canada’s first sitting, Senator Grant Mitchell has awarded twelve commemorative medals to Canadian residents or Canadian organizations who are working to make Canada a better place to live.
One of the twelve Canadians awarded with a commemorative medal was our own Mike Sullivan, President of Alberta One-Call and Executive Director of the Canadian Common Ground Alliance! Mike was recognized for his outstanding commitment to damage prevention of underground infrastructure in Canada, both for his work instituting ClickBeforeYouDig.com and for his expertise and leadership in advancing Bill S-229, An Act respecting underground infrastructure safety, which was adopted by the Senate of Canada in May and now awaits first reading in the House of Commons.
“On this important anniversary of the Senate of Canada,” Senator Mitchell said in a media release, “I am delighted to award a medal to these outstanding individuals and organizations whose work reflects Canadian values of diversity, acceptance, generosity, fairness and equality.”
Mike is the past chair of the Alberta Common Ground Alliance and a member of our executive committee. He currently sits on our Board of Directors as representative of the one-call stakeholder group.
Today I awarded Senate 150 Anniversary Medals to outstanding groups & individuals making a difference in their communities. Over the next three days I will be tweeting about each one of the recipients. Read more: https://t.co/Y36NKUQWN4 #Senate150 pic.twitter.com/0jxBffVZ73— Grant Mitchell (@SenMitchell) November 29, 2017
Today I awarded Senate 150 Anniversary Medals to outstanding groups & individuals making a difference in their communities. Over the next three days I will be tweeting about each one of the recipients. Read more: https://t.co/Y36NKUQWN4 #Senate150 pic.twitter.com/0jxBffVZ73
The 11 other Canadians awarded a Senate 150th Anniversary Medal are:
We are pleased to announce that Astec Safety Inc. have been endorsed to the new Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (Alberta)!
Astec Safety have been granted full endorsement of their online supervisory-level ground disturbance training program as meeting the requirements of the Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (Alberta), effective as of Nov. 23, 2017.
See our list of endorsed training providers.
Astec Safety have been granted full endorsement of their classroom supervisory-level ground disturbance training program as meeting the requirements of the Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (Alberta), effective as of Nov. 8, 2017.
Educational game about safe digging practices has received finishing touches
Digger is ready to help kids learn how to dig safe with his interactive guide to Safe Bone Burying. The interactive game has received its final touches and is now playable online at SafetyinSchools.ca.
Digger’s Guide to Safe Bone Burying was developed by the ABCGA and Safety in Schools in order to introduce 9- to 12-year-olds to basic safe digging practices in the classroom and to the importance of calling or clicking before you dig.
“By introducing kids to these concepts early, we can make a greater impact through radio, internet and other advertising as this generation ages,” Sara Rooseboom says, program director with Safety in Schools. “They will already understand what safe digging, ground disturbance and call or click before you dig mean.”
The interactive game will be distributed to students with the help of Ag for Life, an Alberta organization that offers educational programming to help improve rural and farm safety.
If you would like to try playing Digger’s Guide to Safe Bone Burying, click here.
The program was made possible thanks to funding from Alberta Labour through an Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Innovation and Engagement Grant.
We are pleased to announce that the ABCGA is now accepting applications to access our Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (British Columbia). Training providers in British Columbia who are looking for endorsement to the new ABCGA Ground Disturbance 201 Standard can download the application to access form here.
Approved training providers in both British Columbia and Alberta go through three stages of assessment before receiving endorsement to the ABCGA Ground Disturbance 201 Standard. You can download an overview of the standard, our service standard, the schedule of fees and our conditions of endorsement policy below.
We look forward to working with you, and to helping promote safe digging practices and worker safety throughout British Columbia.
We are pleased to announce that Locate Management and Global Training Centre have both been endorsed to the new Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (Alberta)!
Locate Management have been granted full endorsement of their online supervisory-level ground disturbance training program as meeting the requirements of the Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (Alberta), effective as of Aug. 9, 2017.
Global Training Centre have been granted full endorsement of their classroom supervisory-level ground disturbance training program as meeting the requirements of the Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (Alberta), effective Aug. 9, 2017, which makes Global Training Centre the first classroom training program endorsed to the new standard.
Four training programs have been endorsed to the new Ground Disturbance 201 Standard this summer, including: SafetyVantage of their online supervisory-level training program, and the Danatec and Global Training Centre for their joint online supervisory-level ground disturbance training program, effective June 21, 2017 and July 4, 2017 respectively.
Please be advised: some training providers may continue to offer courses endorsed to the previous training standards for a few months following endorsement to a new standard. The effective date of endorsement is not the same as the date a course is first offered by an endorsed provider. Please read the course description carefully to determine whether the course is endorsed to the new Ground Disturbance 201 Standard, or the previous ABCGA Standard 201 Ground Disturbance – Supervisory.
Training certificates provided upon the successful completion of an approved course endorsed to the previous ABCGA Standard 201 Ground Disturbance – Supervisory are still valid for three years from the date they are issued.
Following the design for our new website and our change to DigSafeAB.ca, we are finding new ways to promote DigSafe Alberta. We have now changed our primary phone number to 833-DIG-SAFE (833-344-7233). All calls to the ABCGA should now be directed through the new number. Our existing phone number will continue to redirect calls to our new line for the next couple months, however, the number will be discontinued after September 30 and all calls to the ABCGA will be required to go through the new 833-DIG-SAFE number.
Beginning today, Thursday, June 29, 2017, all online Alberta One-Call locate requests now require supplemental attachments.
When submitting a locate request online through Alberta One-Call’s web portal, you must provide a map of your dig area: either by outlining your dig area on the provided map tool on the submission page, by uploading an attachment that provides a clear visual representation of your dig area, or both.
The map tool is available as soon as you enter the dig site’s address on the online locate-request form. Once the location appears on the map, you can draw a boundary around the dig area using the map’s polygon tool: this will highlight the dig area in green. When submitting an attachment using the map tool, please line up the outline on the map as accurately as you can with the borders of your dig area.
You can also attach a PDF or image file (BMP, GIF, PNG, TIFF) under the sketches and attachments section of the online locate-request form. Please note: files must be no larger than 5 MB in size.
Including an attachment or map helps reduce the risk of damage by providing locators with a clear visual indication of the work area. However, maps and attachments only supplement the information provided on your ticket, they are not a replacement for a clear written description of your dig area. A full written description is still required for Alberta One-Call to process your locate request online.
For detailed instructions on processing your locate request online click here.
The Senate of Canada has voted this week to adopt Bill S-229, An Act respecting underground infrastructure safety, on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 following its third reading. The bill, which was introduced by Senator Grant Mitchell in September, will now proceed to the House of Commons where, if passed, it will receive Royal Assent and be made law.
"No doubt that today is a big day for the CCGA and damage prevention in Canada,” said Mike Sullivan, executive director of the CCGA. “We've never gotten this far in our goal to achieve damage prevention legislation.”
Inspired by the "Call or Click Before You Dig" principle, the bill will:
“Bill S-229 represents very positive and unique public policy,” said Senator Grant Mitchell. “This bill will significantly reduce societal, economic and business costs, and significantly enhance public safety. And, it will do this at no appreciable cost to government.
I am very pleased that S-229 was passed by the Senate with vast support from all groups. Now that the bill has been sent to the House of Commons, I trust that it will be given due consideration in order to help ensure the safety of individuals, workers and the public in proximity to excavation work, and protect the integrity Canada’s underground infrastructure.”
We are still looking for your help in supporting Bill S-229 in the House of Commons.
Providing your support is easy to do! Follow this link to learn more.
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