GOLD SHOVEL STANDARD
Gold Shovel Standard (GSS) is a nonprofit organization that fills an industry gap by providing third-party confirmation of baseline Safety Management Systems for the protection of buried assets, and fair and transparent metrics for damage prevention. Gold Shovel Standard certified organizations can be recognized to be best-in-class.
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