Gold Shovel Standard Foundation

The mission of the Gold Shovel Foundation is to facilitate and financially sponsor municipal participation in reducing damages. The resulting GSS communities are at reduced risk of damages to assets buried there, preventing life-threatening damages.

The Gold Shovel Foundation is the national expansion of the predecessor effort, Great Lakes Foundation in Michigan, in partnership with MISS DIG 811. The Great Lakes Foundation seeks to have more than 100 Michigan municipalities engaged in Gold Shovel Standard by December 31, 2020, and to have more than 15 GSS communities established throughout Michigan by the same date.

Municipalities willing to help develop Gold Shovel Standard Communities can receive financial and other incentives through the Gold Shovel Standard Foundation.

For more information about the Gold Shovel Standard Foundation and how to get involved, please contact:

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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