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Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission Nominations
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Safety Commission Nominations

On May 25, Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 18-167 into law. This bill included the creation of the Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission, effective August 8, 2018.

In order to assist in preventing damage to underground facilities, this commission is charged with the following tasks:

  • Making recommendations regarding:
    • Best practices and training
    • Policies to enhance public safety
    • Policies to improve efficiency and cost savings to the 811 program
  • Reviewing complaints of alleged violations and ordering appropriate remedial action/penalties

How to Apply

Applications for the Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission are now being accepted.

Apply for the Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission

The Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission will include 15 people from the following categories. Those selected to serve on the commission will do so for a term of three years except for the initial appointment terms noted below.

Nomination Category Nominated by # of Representatives on the Commission
County* Colorado Counties, Inc. 1
Municipality* Colorado Municipal League 1
Special District* Special District Association of Colorado 1
Energy Producer* Colorado’s Energy Industry 1
Contractor* Colorado Contractors Association 1
Excavator** Excavator Members of the Notification Association 2
Engineer** American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado 1
Investor-Owner Utility** Investor-Owner Utilities 1
Rural Electric Cooperative** Colorado Rural Electric Association 1
Pipeline Company** Colorado Pipeline Association 1
Telecommunications and Broadband Company Colorado Telecommunications and Broadband Industry 1
Water Utility Colorado Water Utility Council 1
Transportation Department of Transportation 1
Farming/Ranching Commissioner of Agriculture 1

*One-year initial appointment

**Two-year initial appointment

The Governor will appoint the initial members of the Safety Commission by January 1, 2019, and nominations received from the associations, agencies and industries listed below will be taken into consideration during the selection process.

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By Whitney Nichols
Risk Management Training Notice
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Colorado 811 employees will be participating in a risk management training today (Thursday, July 26, 2018). You may experience longer hold times, we recommend utilizing our online services, such as Ticket Express to process your locate requests http://colorado811.org/ticket-express/. Thank you for your patience!

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By Whitney Nichols
Legislative FAQs – 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about the new law, scroll below to see FAQs by category.

Membership

When will Tier 2 Members need to start paying for tickets as a Tier 1 Member?

All Tier 2 members who convert to Tier 1 will not be charged outgoing transmission fees until January 1, 2021.

Is there a grace period for Tier Two members for ticket payment?

All Tier 2 Members who convert to Tier 1 will not be charged outgoing transmission fees until January 1st of 2021. 

Do facility owners/operators need to register service lines on private property?

No, only laterals in the public right-of-way need to be registered.

Can a member convert from Tier 2 to Tier 1 before Jan, 1, 2019?

Yes, a Tier 2 can convert to Tier-1 before Jan. 1, 2019. Colorado 811 has agreed to the conversion at no charge to allow an appropriate amount of time to accommodate all Tier 2 members.

When will the Tier-2 to Tier-1 conversions begin under the new law?

The conversions are mandatory effective Jan. 1, 2019. Colorado 811 has agreed to the conversion at no charge to allow an appropriate amount of time to accommodate all Tier-2 members.

Will there be a Tier 2 Director on the Board of Directors after the new law is passed?

Yes, there will be a Tier 2 Board of Director until December 31, 2020.

Is Positive Response mandatory through Colorado 811?

Yes, all locate tickets must have a Positive Response posted to Colorado 811 by the locate by date on the ticket starting January 1 2019. Members will now be able to include comments and attachments (photos, sketches, etc) to positive response.

What is Positive Response Re-Notification?

If Positive Response is not provided by the owners/operator by the locate by date, Colorado 811 will send an additional re-notification to that owner/operator. Colorado 811 will continue to send out re-notifications daily until Colorado 811 receives Positive Response. These notifications will be charged to the member at the standard ticket transmission fee.

Will the member ticket delivery format change?
  • Yes, there will be new fields in the locate ticket information being sent to members, for example, new fields for mailing addresses for excavators, new fields for secondary excavator contact and a link to view Colorado 811's map with the dig site highlighted.
FYI - CO811 will be Relabeling 2nd Notice tickets to Excavator Re-Notification
  • Excavators requesting some or all facility owners to be re-notified due to not receiving locates, facility not found in locate area, incomplete locate, incorrect area located, facility owner no show or facility owner no show at meet time will be sent as an Excavator Re-Notification instead of 2nd Notice.
How do members respond to the new Subsurface Utility Engineering Ticket
  • Member Facilities will have 10 business days to respond to Subsurface Utility Engineering Ticket by; 
    • Providing location records - giving available information on the location, not to include depth
    • Providing marks on the ground - giving approximate location, not to include depth
    • Providing available information - giving approximate location, not to include depth 
When will Tier Two's begin receiving locate requests via email?
  • Tier Two Members will start receiving locate ticket notifications starting January 1, 2019 if an email address has been provided to CO811.
  • Excavators are still required to contact Tier Two members directly.
Can Tier Two members post positive responses to locate tickets?
  • No, Positive Response will only be available to Tier One members. Start your transition today!
What is the members responsibility on Road Grading tickets?
  • Road grading tickets are annual road maintenance that does not exceed six inches in depth conducted by a governmental agency on existing unpaved roads. The markings shall be considered valid for up to 180 days.
  • Members within the county will be notified of a road grading ticket and should work with the governmental agency to coordinate the excavation activity accordingly.
  • Members have 10 business days to respond.
Secondary Excavator

 

  • Secondary excavators may be listed on locate requests for potholing purposes only.
Canceled Tickets
  • After listening to our facility owners and operators, the Board of Directors approved the request from management to no longer charge a ticket fee for canceled outgoing transmissions. This change will take effect on January 1, 2019. 

Safety Commission

What are home rule cities and how are they different?

Home rule cities by the Colorado constitution are cities that have the full right of self-government in local and municipal matters.  The larger home rule cities include Denver, Aurora, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Grand Junction. Home Rule cities can create their own safety commissions and can enforce the one-call law and imposed penalties for failure to comply with the law.

Will Colorado 811 provide data to the Safety Commission on an annual basis?

Yes.  Colorado 811 will annually provide a report as well as real time data for the Safety Commission’s work related to underground excavations and safety.

Can engineering companies give feedback to Safety Commission once in place?

Any person can provide feedback to the Safety Commission.

Will there be an entity responsible for holding stakeholders accountable under the new law?

Yes, the Colorado Safety Commission will have the responsibility to enforce the provisions of the law related to safe practices.  The Safety Commission can impose penalties for failure to comply with the law.  Home Rule cities may create a safety commission which also have the power to impose penalties for failure to comply with the law.  Facility owners and operators and excavators may bring civil actions for damage claims separate from the actions of the Safety Commission.

What cities are exempt from complying with the new Safety Commission requirements?

Only Home Rule cities are exempt from complying with the Safety Commission requirements but they must create their own safety commissions.

Regarding "home rule", if a municipality decides to invoke the home rule, doesn't this simply mean that the State cannot enforce any penalties against the municipality? Yet, can't the state still impose penalties against an excavator that has violated the state law against the municipality. i.e. damage caused due to no locate request? Or does this require the municipality to establish their own safety commission?
CO 811 is not in a position to offer an opinion regarding whether or not the State of Colorado can enforce penalties against a municipality under the new law.  The newly created Safety Commission will establish regulations that address this issue in cooperation with the Colorado Attorney General.CO 811 is not in a position to offer an opinion regarding whether or not the State of Colorado can enforce penalties against a municipality under the new law.  The newly created Safety Commission will establish regulations that address this issue in cooperation with the Colorado Attorney General.

Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE)

Will there be a fee for engineering tickets that is different from the existing fee?

 The cost or fee for the outgoing transmission will remain the same for all members. The costs associated with an engineering locate request will be paid by the project owner.

What is ASCE 38 Standard?

ASCE Standards provide technical guidelines for promoting safety, reliability, productivity, and efficiency in civil engineering. For more information please visit https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/programadmin/asce.cfm

How will licensed professional engineers receive documentation related to Subsurface Utility Engineering Notifications?

Within 10 days of the notice provided, licensed professional engineers will receive documentation through the Positive Response system at Colorado 811.

Exemptions

Did the definition for exemptions change under the new law?

Yes, there are several modifications in the new law regarding exemptions they include: farmers/ranchers and new requirements for governmental agencies relative to road grading. Please note, there is no exemption for gravity fed systems. Although, these exemptions exist it is extremely dangerous to dig without first notifying Colorado 811 for the location of underground facilities.

What is the significance of defining “gravity-fed systems” in the law? Where is it referenced under the new legislation?

Gravity fed systems are now defined to clarify what information has to be provided in the event there is a request for a locate related to sub-surface utility engineering. The law defining this exemption is located at section 9-1.5-102 (3.4).

Are there new requirements regarding road grading?

Yes, there are new requirements regarding road grading. The Procedures Committee of Colorado 811 is currently devising specific procedures and guidelines that will be available within the next couple of months. (From law: ANNUAL ROAD MAINTENANCE THAT DOES NOT EXCEED SIX INCHES IN DEPTH CONDUCTED BY A GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY ON AN EXISTING UNPAVED ROAD, THE MARKING SHALL BE CONSIDERED VALID FOR UP TO ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS.)

Other

Who is required to locate laterals in the public right-of-way?

 All underground facility owner/operators are responsible for the location of service laterals in the public right-of-way.

How will Colorado 811 provide documentation of the underground facilities in the form of hand written/ digital sketches or photography?

It is Colorado 811’s intent to provide the excavator this information through the Positive Response system.

Can an excavator put another excavator on his/her ticket? How many can you list on one ticket?

 Yes, an excavator requiring existing marked underground facilities to be exposed may list a single secondary excavator on its notice to Colorado 811.

It also says in (c) (1) (A) "When utilizing trenchless excavation methods, the excavator shall expose underground facilities and visually observe the safe crossing of marked underground facilities when requested to do so by the underground facility owner or operator or the government agency that issued a permit for the excavation." Question is, will this require a new positive response code?
A new positive response code will not be necessary as the facility owner will still be required to locate the area of excavation, if applicable. However, the facility owner and excavator must communicate to ensure that the visual crossing of marked underground facilities has been exercised.

Click here to submit any legislative questions

Click here to download a pdf of the 2018 Legislative FAQs

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By Whitney Nichols
Memorial Day 2018 – Holiday Closure
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Colorado 811 will be closed Monday, May 28th, 2018 for Memorial Day. This means the Contact Center will only process Damage and Emergency Requests on the 28th. Normal Locate Requests processed on Thursday, May 24th will be due Tuesday, May 29th at 11:59pm. Normal Locate Requests processed on Friday, May 25th will be due on Wednesday, May 30th at 11:59pm. For any questions or concerns regarding holiday closures, please contact our front desk at (303) 232-1991.

Reminder to Colorado 811 Members:

  • Mark by (Locate By) dates are NOT scheduled on any Federal Holiday
  • The phone number for Colorado 811 to call during holiday closures should be the same as your after hours number
  • If your organization is a non-participant in after hours notification, you WILL NOT be notified on holidays

 

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By Whitney Nichols
SENATE BILL 18-167 Signed MAY 25, 2018
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Senate Bill 18-167 was signed on today, May 25, 2018 by Colorado Legislators. This legislation is aimed at improving safety by enhancing the One Call system (also known as the 811 system) in Colorado by the implementation of an enforcement program, allowing engineering firms to submit locate tickets for subsurface utility engineering and transitioning to a one-tier or true One Call system.

Download the latest version of the Senate Bill 18-167.

Download the Senate Bill 18-167 Press Release.

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By Whitney Nichols
National Safe Digging Month 2018
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April 1st marks the start of National Safe Dig Month in Colorado and across the country. On this page you will find Colorado 811’s various campaigns to promote Safe Digging Month. You will also find resources to help your organization support and promote safe digging practices during the month of April.

To view the 2018 Governor’s Proclamation, click here.

To view and download CO811’s 2018 Safe Digging Month press release, click here.

To view and download CO811’s Safe Digging Month social media messages, click here.

COLORADO FIRE STATION BANNER CAMPAIGN

In 2017 Colorado 811 partnered with fire stations across the state to hang banners outside of their fire stations in hopes to reach more local communities to spread the safe digging message. For the 2018 banner campaign, CO811 is asking the fire stations to hang the banners again, but get creative in sharing the messages on social media through the Safe Dig Month Banner Photo Contest.

The contest will start on April 1st and end on April 30th. The stations must take a creative photo displaying their banner and post it to Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #SafeDigMonth and #CO811. The winning fire stations will receive a $750 King Soopers gift card.

2017 Safe Dig Month Banner Contest winner – Federal Heights Fire Rescue

Follow Colorado on Facebook and Twitter to see photos from the various fire stations.

CAN YOU DIG IT? GAME!

Join CO811 for a month-long web promotion beginning April 1, 2018. “Dig” for prizes each day of April with a virtual shovel into 1 of 20 virtual “dirt piles” in hopes of finding a prize underneath. Get ready to win $8,500 of great prizes during the month. Users may return to www.Safedigging.me each day for another chance to win until April 30.

The promotion allows visitors one dig per day. However, bonus questions are included as well, to not only give users the ability to learn more about 811 and the importance of safe digging, but also to earn an extra “dig” to double a user’s chances of winning a prize every day. Be careful! Dig in the wrong area and you could hit a water, gas, power, phone or sewer line, resulting in no prize for that particular day. Lucky diggers have the chance to win an iPad, Apple Watch, GoPro, Beats Headphones, Macbook Air, Amazon Alexa, XBox 360, Call 811 shirts and mugs and gift cards from VISA, iTunes, Amazon and Starbucks. Contact 8-1-1 before starting any digging project.

Lowe’s Tree Wrap Partnership

Colorado 811 and 811’s nationwide are working with home improvement retailer Lowe’s to share an important message – call before you dig. By placing an 811 safe digging partner sticker and “Call 811 before you dig” message on the planting instructions of tree wraps, customers are reminded of the importance of locating underground utilities before beginning a project. Visit any Lowe’s store nationwide. #811Lowes

Home Depot Tree Wrap Partnership

We have exciting news! 811 and Home Depot have collaborated to share the Call Before You Dig message on all of their tree wraps nationwide! Georgia 811 Corporate Communications Manager, Megan Estes, secured the national partnership with the world’s largest home improvement store in 2017 with a scheduled debut for the 2018 growing season. By the end of February 2018, there were over 500,000 wraps already distributed and that number will only continue to grow throughout the Spring. So next time you find yourself in Home Depot, make sure to visit the gardening department to snap a photo with our 811 tree wraps. Share your photo on social media with #811HomeDepot so we can all participate in this exciting new partnership.

 

CU Buff Partnership

Colorado 811 is teaming up with the Colorado Buffaloes to promote 811 to students, alumni and Buff fans during the month of April. Keep your eye out for collaborative social media posts from the CU Buffs and CO 811! We will also be partnering with the Buffs for their 2018 football season.

 

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By Whitney Nichols
CO811 Email Address Spoofed
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Attention:

If you receive or have received an email from ‘Melrae’ or ‘Member-Services’ from any domain listed below and a .DOC attachment please do not open the attachment or click on it.

@co811.org
@uncc.org
@zimbra.co811.org

Please let your IT department know about these emails or if you have already clicked on these attachments.

We apologize and are diligently working to find and correct the problem.

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By Whitney Nichols
PHMSA 811 Video Contest
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This is an exciting contest that provides teaching and learning opportunities for students on the critical topic of safety awareness. Students who understand the importance of being safe near underground pipelines and where energy sources are present are better prepared to make critical decisions that will ensure a safe environment.

It is designed to combine a student’s originality and artistic talent with the ability to share the important message of Know What’s Below, Call 811 Before You Dig. Grade levels for entries are 9-12. The teacher’s role is to direct and motivate students to submit video entries.

The student’s role is to work individually or as a team of two to produce an original video (2 minutes or less) and write an explanation of his/her understanding of the Call 811 theme. The contest packet includes a brochure, flier, entry forms and NEF’s Natural Gas Safety Poster.  Notification of awards will occur by May 24, 2018.  Contest entry deadline is April 27, 2018.

Click here for more information

 Prizes

  • One grand prize individual or individuals in a team of two will (each) receive a laptop computer (valued up to $1500)Call 811 T-shirts will also be provided to the student(s) and their teacher.
  • The teacher of the grand prize winner or team will be awarded an $811 classroom education mini-grant.
  • Two honorable mention winners or teams (of two students) and their teachers will receive a 32GB WiFi enabled iPad. All honorable mention students and teachers will receive Call 811 T-shirts.
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By Whitney Nichols
PHMSA 811 Poster Contest
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This is an exciting contest that provides teaching and learning opportunities for students on the critical topic of safety awareness. Students who understand the importance of being safe near underground pipelines and where energy sources are present are better prepared to make critical decisions that will ensure a safe environment. It is designed to combine a student’s originality and artistic talent with the ability to share the important message of Know What’s Below, Call 811 Before You Dig.

Grade levels for entries are 4-6. Home-schooled students are eligible also. Parents may register for an informational packet.

For classroom registrations, the teacher’s role is to direct and motivate students and to submit all student entries. The student’s role is to produce an original poster and write an explanation of his or her understanding of the 811 theme. The contest packet includes: an instructional poster, brochure, flier, classroom set of poster boards for student art and a postage-paid return envelope to submit entries.  Notification of awards will occur by May 24, 2018.  Contest entry deadline is April 27, 2018. Click here for more information.

Click here to Register

Prizes

  • The first 811 student entries received will be awarded Call 811 T-shirts and all other entries will receive Certificates of Appreciation.
  • The grand prize winner will be awarded: a trip to Washington D.C. (for the student and a parent/guardian) in 0r before August 2018.
  • The teacher of the grand prize winner will be awarded: a classroom education grant of $811.
  • Two honorable mention winners and their teachers will be awarded Kindle Fire with Alexa tablets.
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February CGA Update
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The February issue of the Common Ground Alliance Update is now available. Read it here.

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By Whitney Nichols