Purpose/Mission/Pillars/Values

Purpose

Our purpose is to make the communities in which we live safer by reducing the damages to underground utility infrastructure.

Mission

Our mission is to facilitate continuous safety improvement and to reduce environmental harm by providing meaningful damage prevention certifications and standardized performance metrics.

Pillars

  • Damage Prevention Safety Management Systems (DP-SMS) enable repeatable, safety-based decision making
  • Standardized damage-prevention measurements/metrics foster fair and fact-based organizational comparisons and drive improvement
  • Meaningful certifications enhance safety-based damage prevention programs and cultivate continuous improvement
  • Innovative technology provides timely data and leads to in-depth insights to make better decisions
  • Shared industry responsibility acknowledges that everyone has a part to play in protecting our communities

Values

  • Safety first – we put personal and public safety at the heart of all that we do
  • Integrity – we uphold the highest level of integrity in our actions
  • Personal accountability – we are personally accountable for delivering on our commitments
  • Committed to our members – we seek to make a positive difference in our members’ lives, communities, and in their businesses
  • Continuously improve – we always strive to get better in all that we do
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. ShovelSafe from Oropala 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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