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  • 14 Nov 2017 7:53 AM | Deleted user

    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 classroom supervisory-level ground disturbance training program as meeting the requirements of the Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (Alberta), effective as of Nov. 8, 2017.

    See our list of endorsed training providers.

  • 01 Nov 2017 9:17 PM | Deleted user

    Bill S-229 Awaits First Reading in House of Commons

    Great news for the CCGA on Oct. 31! The Speaker of the House, Hon. Geoff Regan, passed his ruling on Bill S-229, allowing the bill to proceed to first reading.

    For more information on the Speaker's Ruling on Bill S-229, click here.

    This is great news for damage prevention across Canada. Federal damage prevention legislation will also be a big help in furthering our goal to introduce provincial damage prevention legislation in Alberta in the near future, helping to provide a model for provincial damage prevention legislation throughout Canada.

    We are working on our legislation outreach plan and we will send you an update in the next couple weeks on how you can reach your MPs and request support for the bill.

    If you would like to read the Speaker's Ruling, a full transcription is available to read on openparliament.ca.
  • 15 Aug 2017 10:43 AM | Deleted user

    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.

  • 11 Aug 2017 12:27 PM | Deleted user

    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.

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  • 09 Aug 2017 1:09 PM | Deleted user

    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.

  • 11 Jul 2017 12:55 PM | Deleted user

    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.

  • 29 Jun 2017 10:31 AM | Deleted user

    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.

  • 03 May 2017 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    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:

    • Require operators of underground infrastructure that is federally regulated or on federal land to register that infrastructure with a notification centre.
    • Require people who are planning to dig to first make a "locate request" with the relevant notification centre.
    • Require operators of underground infrastructure to respond to locate requests by either locating and marking the ground, providing a clear description of the location of the underground infrastructure in the vicinity of the proposed excavation, or providing an all clear to proceed with the excavation.

    “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.

  • 23 Apr 2017 9:10 PM | Anonymous

    In the fall of 2016 the CCGA released Best Practices Version 2.0. This includes updates developed through regional and stakeholder consensus. It also for the first time is available in French.  

    This is a continuation of the significant goal of the harmonized Best Practices Version 1.0 released in 2014. 

    To order printed copies of The CCGA Best Practices Volume 2.0, please email info@canadiancga.com. Cost per book is $10.00 CDN and includes shipping and handling.

  • 01 Feb 2017 9:09 PM | Anonymous

    We are looking for your help in supporting Bill S-229, An Act respecting underground infrastructure safety, introduced by Senator Grant Mitchell.

    Providing your support is easy to do! Follow this link to learn more. 

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