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"QR Code" Before You Dig? Why Not?

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“QR Code” Before You Dig? Why Not?

By Mike Sullivan, President, Utility Safety Partners

Given the proliferation of QR Codes, I developed the ClickBeforeYouDig QR Code and strongly suggest it be incorporated in all damage prevention awareness programs and promotional documentation. It has been provided to the CSA Group with a suggestion to incorporate it into CSA Z662 — the Safe Design, Construction & Maintenance of Pipeline Systems, and CSA Z247 — Damage Prevention for the Protection of Underground Infrastructure, and to the Canadian Common Ground Alliance Best Practices Committee.

The QR Code directs scanners to — the one-window portal to commence the damage prevention process anywhere in Canada and the United States. Utility Safety Partners hosts the ClickBeforeYouDig website and audits all links quarterly. USP also owns the ClickBeforeYouDig Trademark in Canada and the U.S. If you wish to use it, please contact us by email ( for authorized logos and branding guidelines.

Analysis has proven that the online locate request process SIGNIFICANTLY reduces damage to underground infrastructure. The more we shift Calls to Clicks, the less damage there will be.

The damage prevention process, and public, worker and community safety, will significantly benefit from proliferation of this QR code — particularly when it is affixed to buried utility markers and signage.

I hope you’ll adopt it.


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