CGA’s Best Practices are considered the definitive guide for underground safety and damage prevention. With three new practices approved in 2019, Best Practices 17.0 now includes 161 practices agreed to by consensus. By design, the Best Practices focus on the “identification of the best practices in place.” As we look to the future of damage prevention and face increasingly complex challenges, we are obligated as an industry to encourage innovation and incentivize the development of damage prevention solutions for the future – the Next Practices.
The Next Practices concept was formed during CGA’s inaugural Damage Prevention Roundtable, which brought together leadership across CGA’s 16 stakeholder groups to discuss challenges and solutions that can help reduce damages to critical underground infrastructure and ensure a safe environment for those who work and live near these important assets. The group discussed fundamental challenges and obstacles to reducing damage, current limitations to overcoming these obstacles and potential solutions.
With this in mind, CGA is pleased to announce the establishment of the Next Practices Initiative. This initiative will focus on driving innovative solutions to solve the challenges we face as an industry and will be guided by damage prevention leaders. The Next Practices will be based on industry data and analysis including DIRT data as well as information received from committees, members and damage prevention stakeholders regarding the biggest challenges facing the damage prevention industry.