Over time, we’ve created some useful tools and discovered handy links to help keep you safe. EAPUOC is committed to continually developing, discussing and refining information that raises awareness about the linear infrastructure in our region.
*Disclaimer – It is the responsibility and due diligence of all parties involved in working around utilities to obtain permission from all utility owners prior to any work near facilities.
Book An Ambassador Presentation or Visit
EAPUOC is currently represented by two mobile Safety Ambassadors in different regions of Alberta. Our in-the-field Ambassadors Terry Emslie, EAPUOC’s Safe Ambassador, Edmonton Capital Region and Industrial Heartland and John VanDomselaar, Edmonton Dig Safe Ambassador, are experienced utility safety professionals who visit worksites, garden centres, utility owners, equipment rental stores, builders, and anywhere the damage prevention message needs to be shared. They come equipped with promotional items and a wealth of knowledge about utility safety. They are happy to spend some time with you to talk about safety, damage prevention and to hear any concerns you may want to share.
The Ambassadors are often on the road in their distinctive Utility Safety Partner/EAPUOC trucks. If not, they can be found at trade shows, stakeholder events, or giving informational presentations to organizations and damage prevention groups.
Follow them on social media for safety messages and photos and videos from around the province.
Alberta One-Call – Now Operating As Utility Safety Partners
The former Alberta-One-Call, Alberta Common Ground Alliance, and the Joint Utility Safety Team have united under one name – Utility Safety Partners. Now, with the efforts of three organizations together as one, even more lives can be saved. They are Alberta’s trusted resource for utility safety. The one hub everyone can always rely on. Awareness, Education and locates combine to prevent contact with overhead and underground lines – keeping people and infrastructure safe.
Alberta Common Ground Alliance
Through identifying, validating and promoting the adoption of effective ground disturbance and damage prevention practices, the Alberta Common Ground Alliance seeks to improve worker safety, public safety and protection of the environment. They are also responsible for the development of a document titled “The Damage Prevention Process in Alberta”. It is recognized as an industry “best practice” in the province of Alberta and reinforces that damage prevention is a shared responsibility.
Canadian Common Ground Alliance
The CCGA’s grew out of the necessity of the various Regional Partners in Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario Common Ground Alliance, etc.), needing a single voice to address damage prevention issues of national interest. In 2009 a governance model was adopted and the first election of its Executive was held. The CCGA promotes the spirit of shared responsibility amongst all stakeholder groups: excavators, locators, road builders, industry, regulators and engineering and design. In 2016 the CCGA released a document containing best practices for the protection of underground facilities titled “Best Practices Version 2.0”.
A one stop shop for information on the local damage preventions centers across Canada and the United States. Navigate here and click the province or state in which you are planning to dig for a direct link to the One-Call service in that area to place a locate request online.
Not all buried facility owners are legally required to be registered with local One-Call centers. Shaw is one of those exceptions. For more information or to request that Shaw buried facilities be located visit the website digshaw.ca.
Website dedicated to power line safety in Alberta. A joint collaboration of the Alberta Government and Alberta’s electric utilities to foster ongoing safety awareness and industry education of work near overhead or underground power lines.
Third Party Agreements/Crossing Agreements
Prior to any ground disturbance work, written approval is required from pipeline owners and potentially any other facility owners who has facilities near your work area. Always contact the facility owner for information on whether or not a written agreement is required. It may take up to 21 days for a facility owner to respond to an agreement request.
EAPUOC has compiled a list of the appropriate contacts from our member companies for written agreements: