GOLD SHOVEL STANDARD
Gold Shovel Standard (GSS) is a nonprofit organization committed to improving workforce and public safety and the integrity of vital buried infrastructure. GSS believes that greater transparency in all aspects of damage prevention among buried-asset operators, locators and contractors is essential to drive continuous improvement, and vital to ensure increasingly safe working conditions and communities
GOLD SHOVEL STANDARD BELIEVES INDUSTRY MUST EXTEND PUBLIC SAFETY PAST VOLUNTARY, OCCASIONAL AND PARTIAL PARTICIPATION
Gold Shovel Standard believes that a dramatic reduction in the frequency of damages into the next decade will not be possible without an ambitious program like GSS.
Gold Shovel Standard provides two very basic services that fill a gap met nowhere else:
- A third-party confirmation of an in-place Safety Management System (SMS) for the protection of buried assets, a role served nowhere else
- An ambitious effort driven by industry (including contractors and locators) to create fair and transparent metrics for damage prevention similar to other safety metrics (LTIR, EMR, TRIR, DART, etc.), a gap filled by no other program
Gold Shovel Standard drives adoption of industry Best Practices on an unprecedented scale