GSS At Work
GSS is supported equally by both facility owners and contractors, and it receives input and consideration from both parties as it continues to develop and deploy a damage accountability system that moves the industry forward. The growth of GSS participation is driving down damage incidents among certified facilities and contractors.
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.
GSS works to establish innovative partnerships between utilities to establish Gold Shovel Standard Communities, which produce collaborative, ever-expanding regions of increased safety and decreased risk to buried infrastructure.
Gold Shovel Standard’s ShovelSafe™ technology puts damage prevention at the fingertips of business leaders, giving them the tools to analyze and track damage prevention performance.
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.
Streamline to Perform
- Transparency has been used effectively in industries as disparate as law enforcement, automobiles and healthcare, to deliver marked improvements and transparency can work in damage prevention.
- The damage prevention industry does not currently have established standardized measurement schemes.
- GSS believes that non-punitive reporting and judgment-free presentation of factual data is the best way to establish standardized metrics.
- Fairly measuring damage prevention performance is difficult, but standardized measurements must be established and implemented, regardless of how difficult a task it may be.
- Increasing safety and improving the protection of buried assets is the shared responsibility of Owner/Operators, locators and excavators.
- Gold Shovel Standard Communities are an innovative way for asset owners to partner and share the responsibility for improving.