Through its accreditation process, peer-review model and metrics analysis, DPI recognizes key damage prevention drivers and addresses persistent inefficiencies in the 811 process that impact safety outcomes – for the benefit of all stakeholders.
The DPI will be inclusive of facility owners/operators, excavators, and locators who commit to advancing safety through adherence to DPI policies, which are in alignment with CGA’s Best Practices and the work of the Next Practices Initiative. The peer review model will be essential for sharing lessons learned and adopting practical solutions to support damage prevention.
Accreditation of DPI participants will be based on a demonstrated commitment to their damage prevention responsibilities. All DPI participants must be CGA members; CGA members can voluntarily participate in DPI.
CGA’s Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) will provide a foundational dataset for evaluating the safety performance of facility owners/operators, locators and excavators who participate in the Damage Prevention Institute (DIRT data submission remains voluntary and private). Data from 811 centers (one call centers) will also support DPI metrics and analytics.
DPI will provide additional information about its peer review and accreditation processes as they are developed through the constructive input of a full range of damage prevention stakeholders.