Welcome to CGA’s first-ever White Paper: Data-Informed Insights and Recommendations for More Effective Excavator Outreach. Combining a range of data sources, including the 2017 DIRT Report, 2018 public awareness research, an analysis of call-before-you-dig awareness overlaid with DIRT data, an online excavator survey and excavator focus groups, four key takeaways emerged that yielded data-supported recommendations for more effective excavator outreach.

Thank you for supporting the safe digging message. Since you have agreed to the terms of use, here are several versions of the approved 811 logo for use. Be sure to review the graphic standards.

811, the three-digit number to call before you dig, continues to make an impact on the damage prevention community, and you and your organization can help!  You can protect yourself, your business and your customers by incorporating the 811 logo into your existing campaigns or by downloading elements of the national campaign.

After more than 10 of years DIRT data collection and annual reports, the Data Reporting & Evaluation Committee is making some significant revisions to the DIRT form to ensure it continues to provide value to damage prevention efforts.

The following Toolkit is designed to guide DIRT data submitters through this transition period, and to explain what the revisions are and the rationale for them. New material will continue to be added to the toolkit, so please check back in periodically.

CGA released its latest Communications Plan to guide stakeholders in their efforts to promote the 811 message and other damage prevention practices.  The plan features a calendar with daily, weekly and monthly tasks, as well as artwork files, template news releases, contributed articles, social media posts and email blasts.  

2017 DIRT Report Cover

CGA's Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) program collects critical damage and event information, analyzing the numbers and producing targeted recommendations to damage prevention stakeholders about how to best protect buried facilities.

The CGA Best Practices Guide is the original, and still most popular, industry resource for ensuring the safety of those who work or live near underground facilities.  The Best Practices manual includes more than 130 practices that cover all phases of the 811 process, agreed to by 16 stakeholder groups.  

The following toolkit is available to assist members and damage prevention stakeholders in using the Best Practices Guide and participating in the best practices process.  

The stakeholder advocacy toolkit includes documents that are available to assist stakeholders in discovering best practices that have already been identified through the CGA, case studies describing legislative activities that have taken place recently in some states, a list of states that have current legislative activity indicated, as well as contact information for stakeholder groups that would be beneficial to engage in the process of building a legislative coalition with your state.