British Columbia

Ground Disturbance 201 (BC) | Online

This online course is endorsed by BC Common Ground Alliance (BCCGA). It is designed for planners, managers, supervisors, and employees who are required to develop, plan, or undertake any kind of ground disturbance. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to

  • explain the importance of the damage prevention process,
  • outline ground disturbance stakeholder responsibilities,
  • identify and define ground disturbance,
  • describe hazards associated with ground disturbance,
  • identify approvals and permits that may be required,
  • explain how to search for, locate, and identify buried facilities,
  • describe methods for exposing buried facilities, and
  • outline the procedures to follow if damage is caused or found.

This course contains the same course content and examination criteria as a classroom delivered course that has been endorsed to the BC Common Ground Alliance (BCCGA) Ground Disturbance 201 Standard.

Course Topics

Module A: Damage Prevention

  1. The importance of damage prevention
  2. Buried facility damage and its consequences
  3. Responsibilities of stakeholders involved in damage prevention and ground disturbance
  4. Damage prevention regulators, organizations, and publications
  5. The need for damage prevention and ground disturbance training

Module B: Ground Disturbance Planning

  1. The definition of ground disturbance
  2. The importance of codes of practice
  3. The importance of, and requirements for, hazard assessments and emergency response plans
  4. Various approvals required for ground disturbance
  5. Various agreements related to ground disturbance
  6. On-site supervision responsibilities for all parties involved in a ground disturbance

Module C: Preparing for a Ground Disturbance

  1. The requirements for conducting a search for buried facilities
  2. The notification process and the requirements of those involved
  3. The responsibilities and requirements for requesting locates and locating buried facilities
  4. Different types of locate marks and outline marking requirements

Module D: The Execution and Completion of a Ground Disturbance

  1. How to use a ground disturbance permit
  2. The purpose of a pre-job meeting
  3. Tailgate meetings and how to conduct them
  4. Hand expose zones and hand exposure technique
  5. Proper excavation and backfilling procedures
  6. Damage management, incident reporting, and investigation requirement

Duration: 6 hours

Member Cost: Contact CLAC Training for details

Non-Member/Public Cost: $99.70


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