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Utility Safety Partners’ Damage Prevention legislation objective continues to move forward and I have a favour to ask. Concentric Public Affairs created a microsite dedicated to all things legislation that provides a fact sheet, backgrounder, narrated presentation of our legislative journey, and electronic version of the proposed legislation
  
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.

Providing software for the creation of ‘One-Call’ tickets is a niche market, and there are not many software companies catering to the needs of the few facility notification centres in North America. Often, our software is developed as a companion product by companies whose primary business is running contact centres or providing ticket management software to a much larger market.
 
Underground Facility Locator (UFL) Training Program
Locate Management Institute®
LMI’s Underground Facility Locator (UFL) Training Program adheres to CAPULC’s 3-step competency cycle and includes:
  • 8-hour online knowledge course
  • 16-hour (2-day) field training delivered by “Certified Locator” instructors
  • Underground Facility Locator Field Task Competency Manual
Learn about electromagnetic theory, active, passive, advanced and unconventional locating methods. Understand how to overcome obstacles and how to apply troubleshooting techniques.
 
Calgary – February 20-21
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For many utility owner leaders and stakeholders, the new Utility Safety Partners (USP) Locating & Marking Standard couldn’t be published soon enough. The formative discussions lead to a vision that Utility Safety Partners would not only enhance all Alberta One-Call legacy service offerings but focus on emerging as an industry trendsetter in mission critical damage prevention initiatives prioritized by industry.
 
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First Alert Locating Ltd.
 
I’ve been engaged in legislative development for a long time at the federal and provincial level. Given my long-standing relationship with the Canadian Common Ground Alliance, I’ve been asked many times to provide my opinion on the relationship between legislation and best practice. In short, the two are closely related, yet distinct in their purpose and scope.
 
Alberta One Call offers Enhanced Ticket Services!
PelicanCorp Canada®
Alberta One Call is offering an Enhanced Ticket Service to its members. In a partnership with PelicanCorp this service helps reduce time and costs associated with responding to incoming requests for locates. The incoming requests are screened, evaluated and forwarded automatically. This enhanced process can automatically warn of excavations around critical infrastructure and send out notices on permit requirements or special environmental conditions.
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Since October 1984, the message of “Call Before You Dig” (and more recently, “ClickBeforeYouDig” and “Where’s the Line?”) has become a common mantra for homeowners, utility operators and the contractor community.
 
Rhino Marking & Protection Systems
3-D Line Locating (2011) Ltd.
 
As we head into the dead of winter some people could use a refresher on how to survive in emergency conditions during inclement weather. Some people — but we’re Canadians right?! We know all the usual tips and tricks (keep a first aid kit with winter survival gear in the car, wear layers, stock extra food/water in case of a power outage, etc.). But we already know all this so let’s focus on some not-so-well-known tricks to make your winter as safe as it can be.
 
Your Damage Prevention Training Partner
Global Training Centre®
Global, the Leader in Ground Disturbance Training since 1989. Qualified licensees across Canada, your training provider approved for Ground Disturbance 201 in Classroom, Online, and Virtual delivery.  When working around underground infrastructure having trained and competent workers is a must! Global trains in the delivery method of choice, our classrooms or yours, Instructor Led, online, or virtually, to the level you require (Awareness – Supervisory).  Your Training – Your Choice!
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I was a DPA (damage prevention associate) for my first two years with Utility Safety Partners (Alberta One-Call) and certainly dealt with more than a few inappropriate callers. Since becoming a team leader eight years ago, I now get the escalations of escalations, often folks at the brink of screaming due to their frustration around locate delays or other issues that have cropped up within the damage prevention industry over the years.
 
IVIS Construction Inc.
ASTEC Safety Inc.