Ground Disturbance for Supervisors 201

ABCGA approved training for ground disturbance personnel


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 for Supervisors 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 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 for Supervisors course.

ASTEC Safety is a provider of high quality safety training for businesses throughout Western Canada. This Ground Disturbance 201 for Supervisors 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 for Supervisors 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 3.5 hours to complete, and course delivery includes evaluation testing and supplemental print materials. 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.


After taking this course, workers should be able to:

  • Identify ground disturbance scenarios
  • Identify and mediate ground disturbance hazards
  • Explain relevant ground disturbance regulations
  • Maintain compliance with appropriate permits, licenses, approvals, and agreements
  • Deploy appropriate safety precautions related to ground disturbance
  • Identify and prevent interference with buried/underground facilities

Module 1 – Definition, Words, and Terms

  • Defining ground disturbance
  • Common words and terms related to ground disturbance

Module 2 – Regulations and Responsibilities

  • Regulations that apply to ground disturbance
  • Penalties for contravention of regulations
  • Responsibilities of each party involved in a ground disturbance

Module 3 – Approvals, Permits, and Agreements

  • Approvals common to ground disturbance
  • Various types of ground disturbance permits
  • Commonly used ground disturbance agreements
  • Circumstances that may impact the ground disturbance permits and agreements required

Module 4 – Ground Disturbance Planning

  • Soil types, cutbacks, and sloping according to Alberta and Saskatchewan regulations
  • Reclamation process
  • Techniques that can be used to minimize environmental impacts

Module 5 – Stages of Ground Disturbance

  • Techniques for locating existing underground facilities
  • Procedures for marking underground facilities
  • Exposure process for underground facilities
  • Backfill responsibilities

Module 6 – Underground Facility Contact

  • Historical damage to underground facilities
  • Common causes of contacts with underground facilities
  • Potential consequences of contacting underground facilities
  • Strategies for preventing contact
  • How to prepare for a contact
  • What constitutes contact with an underground facility and the procedures to follow if contact is made

Universally Compatible

This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.


Average Completion Time

Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 3 hours.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.

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