Ground Disturbance 101

Ground Disturbance 101

USP approved training for ground disturbance personnel
Optional virtual proctoring is available

Ground Disturbance 101

Online Training Course

What Is Ground Disturbance?

Ground disturbance refers to any activities that disturb the terrain, such as construction excavations and utility trenching. Ground disturbance can affect surrounding structures, and it can also damage underground installations. For example, an excavation without adequate planning can damage buried power lines or sewage piping. Even when there are no surrounding buildings or buried facilities, ground disturbance can have a negative environmental impact.

This Ground Disturbance course is designed for operators, labourers, and employees who are required to have knowledge of ground disturbance best practices. This course has been reviewed and recognized by the Utility Safety Parters (USP) which used to be known as ABCGA. When you receive your certificate you can feel confident that you received some of the best ground disturbance training available.

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This course is endorsed by Utility Safety Partners (USP), formerly the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA). Click here to view the January 25, 2022 endorsement certificate.

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Course Overview

Course Overview

The Ground Disturbance 101 course is designed for workers who must be able to handle any type of ground disturbance, and know how to stay safe and dutiful. You will obtain the following skills while taking this course:

  • Explain the importance of damage prevention
  • Identify key ground disturbance stakeholders
  • Define ground disturbance
  • Identify potential ground disturbance hazards and their controls
  • Explain the importance of emergency response plans
  • Outline the processes for notification, locating, and marking buried facilities
  • Outline techniques and hazards of hand exposure
  • Explain procedures for backfilling
  • Explain what to do if damage occurs

This online version of Ground Disturbance 101 was developed by ASTEC Safety Inc., covering the same topics as the classroom version. The course meets the content and evaluation requirements of the ABCGA Ground Disturbance 101 Standard. ASTEC Safety is a leading provider of safety training for companies in western Canada.

ABCGA Endorsed Ground Disturbance

When starting a new project, workers and their personnel must manage several risks and regulations. These include ground disturbance regulations, especially when projects involve heavy equipment. The Ground Disturbance 101 course meets national and provincial regulations, and also ABCGA guidelines for preventing damage to buried installations. The content is designed for workers from various industries who may require ground disturbance safety training:

  • Oil and gas
  • Wastewater
  • Construction
  • Power generation

ASTEC Safety is a provider of high quality safety training for businesses throughout Western Canada. This Ground Disturbance 101 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 operator, laborer, or employee, this course will will familiarize you with the regulations and legislation that govern ground disturbance standards and who is required to have knowledge of ground disturbance best practices and who will not be responsible for planning or supervising ground disturbance projects.

Regardless of your role in an organization, this course will get you familiarized with ground disturbance regulations and legislations, and best practices in the industry. The scope of the course covers the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOSH) regulations and the Alberta Pipeline Act.

The Ground Disturbance 101 online course will train you to identify common scenarios and the hazards they involve. You will learn about damage prevention practices, ground disturbance planning as well as preparing and executing a ground disturbance successfully. By getting familiarized with regulations and best practices, companies can avoid these issues and improve worksite safety. After completing this course, you will be familiar with the activities where ground disturbance regulations come into play, which include:

    ✔ Auguring

    ✔ Blasting

    ✔ Backfilling

    ✔ Clearing

    ✔ Drilling

    ✔ Excavating

    ✔ Grading

    ✔ Levelling

    ✔ Plowing

    ✔ Quarrying

    ✔ Stripping

    ✔ Trenching

    ✔ Tunnelling

The completion time of this course is roughly 1.25 hours, which include practical exercises and testing. The passing score is 80%, and participants earn a 3-year certificate that can be downloaded. Virtual proctoring is available for an additional fee.

Universally Compatible

This Ground Disturbance online 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.

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Average Completion Time

The average completion time is 1.25 hours. Individual times will vary depending how long is spent on each module.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing is included to reinforce the training. You are allowed three attempts to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be safely stored on your account and is available to download & print.