Mission & Vision

Mission

Gold Shovel Standard (GSS) is a nonprofit organization committed to improving workforce and public safety and the integrity of buried infrastructure. GSS believes that greater transparency in all aspects of damage prevention among buried-asset operators, locators and excavators is essential to drive continuous improvement, and vital to increasingly safe working conditions and communities.

Vision

The vision of Gold Shovel Standard is a safer North America, achieved by greater transparency in damage prevention performance, through the use of performance measurements, technology, and universal participation in the one-call process.  Furthermore, Gold Shovel Standard Communities are safer, and infrastructure buried below Gold Shovel Standard Communities is at reduced risk from line strikes.

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Gold Shovel Standard focuses on metrics, creating Gold Shovel Standard Communities and increasing the use of innovative technology and safety management systems.

Standardized damage prevention measurements are a key part of the GSS mission, and the establishment and broad deployment of metrics are core components of Gold Shovel Standard’s efforts to improve public and workforce safety. Gold Shovel Standard believes that no significant reduction in damages will be obtained unless all responsible parties (operators, excavators, locators) continuously improve, and measurements underpin continuous improvement.
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GSS works to establish innovative partnerships between utilities (electric, gas, pipelines, telecommunication, sewer and water / wastewater) known as Gold Shovel Standard Communities, to collaboratively form ever-expanding regions of increased safety and decreased risk to buried infrastructure.
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Success at dramatically reducing damages in the coming decades is dependent on the broad adoption of innovative technology and safety management systems. Gold Shovel Standard works to develop and offer the technology necessary to facilitate successful damage prevention. For example, Gold Shovel Standard’s ShovelSafeTM technology puts damages prevention at the fingertips of business leaders, giving them the tools for analyzing and tracking damage prevention performance.
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GSS further works to promote the use of appropriate safety management systems, specifically tailored for damage prevention (DP-SMS) as a necessary ingredient to achieve the industry-wide goal of zero incidents.
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The Need For Standardized Metrics

The Need For Standardized Metrics

Dramatic reductions in the frequency of line strikes will remain elusive unless all parties continuously improve and measurements underpin continuous improvement. Standardizing the measurement process is an overdue first step to drive performance improvement and increase public and workforce safety. To achieve this ambitious plan, Gold Shovel Standard is working with balanced teams of damage prevention experts to draft, refine and broadly deploy damage prevention metrics for all stakeholders.

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Third-Party Damage Reductions and Communities

Third-Party Damage Reductions and Communities

“Everybody’s third-party is somebody’s second-party.” Reducing line strikes associated with small excavators and third-parties persists as the top priority for all stakeholders in damage prevention. These are difficult reductions to influence, and yet they represent the single biggest risk to safety associated with excavation damage. Gold Shovel Standard Communities are novel and ambitious partnerships to attack this persistent and difficult challenge.

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ShovelSafe™

ShovelSafe™

Increasing safety is impossible without the right tools. Gold Shovel Standard provides world-class technology to drive continuous improvement that reduces damages and increases public and workforce safety. Gold Shovel Standard’s ShovelSafe technology puts damages prevention at the fingertips of business leaders, giving them the tools to drive continuous performance improvement. ShovelSafe is world-class technology for analyzing and tracking damage prevention performance.

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Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Pursuing the industry-wide goal of zero incidents requires comprehensive, systematic use of Safety Management Systems. Pipeline and other energy companies, and along with the regulatory community have recognized the critical importance of SMS. Broad adoption of Damage Prevention-Safety Management Systems (DP-SMS), which are safety management systems specifically tailored for damage prevention is a necessary ingredient to achieve that industry-wide goal of zero incidents.

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