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This online course is designed for planners, managers, supervisors, and employees who are or will be required to develop, plan, and implement any kind of ground disturbance. Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to identify and define ground disturbance, describe the hazards of ground disturbance, decide what permits and agreements will be required, describe how to locate and identify underground facilities, describe regulations associated with ground disturbance, describe the responsibilities for owners and ground disturbers, and describe safety requirements.

This online Ground Disturbance 201 course contains the same course content as a classroom-delivered Ground Disturbance 201 course, which has been approved as meeting the content and delivery requirements of the “Ground Disturbance 201 (Supervisory) Safety Training Standard” of the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA), formerly the Alberta Damage Prevention Council.

Whenever a new project breaks ground, workers are faced with a number of risks and regulations. More often than not—especially when heavy equipment is involved—provincial and national ground disturbance regulations will come into play, affecting safety standards and workplace procedures. That’s why ASTEC Safety Inc., in accordance with Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) standards, created this online Ground Disturbance 201 course.

This Ground Disturbance 201 course complies with provincial and national ground disturbance regulations as well as ABCGA recommendations for avoiding buried facility damage. The ABCGA, formerly the Alberta Damage Prevention Council, is an open-membership organization that’s mission is to improve safety standards for workers and members of the public while reducing industry’s environmental footprint.

Therefore, this course is designed for workers in any number of industries—including oil and gas, sewage, petroleum, construction, and energy—who may require special training in ground disturbance safety before beginning work. Whether you’re a job planner, site supervisor, manager, contractor, or employee, this course will familiarize you with the regulations and legislation that govern ground disturbance standards, including Occupational Health & Safety, the Alberta Pipeline Act, and Industry Recommended Practices. If you’re digging or working with buried facilities, learning the appropriate rules and safety principles will keep you compliant and improve worker safety.

Additionally this Ground Disturbance 201 course will teach you to identify ground disturbance scenarios and their associated hazards. By the end of this course, you will be familiar with earth moving activities where ground disturbance regulations come into play, including:

            ✓ Excavating          ✓ Plowing          ✓ Drilling             ✓ Backfilling          ✓ Levelling            ✓ Clearing            ✓ Grading

            ✓ Blasting               ✓ Stripping        ✓ Tunnelling       ✓ Trenching         ✓ Quarrying         ✓  Auguring


This course takes approximately 5 hours to complete, and course delivery includes evaluation testing and practical exercises. A mark of 80% is required to pass, and, upon completion, participants will receive a downloadable certificate valid for 3 years after the course completion date. A virtually proctored version of this course is also available.

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