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Best Practices Guide

At Common Ground Alliance, building consensus support for all decisions isn’t just a goal. It’s in the bylaws. And there’s no better example of the consensus model at work than in the Best Practices Guide, CGA’s original – and still most popular – industry resource for ensuring the safety of those who work or live near underground facilities.

The CGA Best Practices manual includes more than 160 practices that cover all phases of the 811 process, agreed to by 16 stakeholder groups. This year’s edition features practices from CGA’s previous editions, as well as any new practices that were approved through a seven-step process that included review by a task team, the full Best Practices Committee, and finally the CGA Board of Directors. n

While Best Practices is most commonly used as a guide for implementing a safety and damage prevention program, many use it as a resource to build more effective state, safety and damage prevention laws. This approach to advocacy has been successful in many state houses, because for a practice to become a Best Practice, a stakeholder must prove that it works.  

Damage prevention is a shared responsibility. Thanks for doing your part by making CGA Best Practices part of your organization’s safety program.

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