Culmination of those efforts came last year when revised NULCA standards were presented to the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the private, nonprofit organization responsible for implementing a comprehensive damage-prevention program to protect underground utilities.
Bell says that most NULCA member organizations have incorporated the standards in their training programs.
Bell says NULCA competency standards also have helped natural gas companies develop programs that meet federal DOT requirements for making locates in proximity to gas pipelines.
I can honestly say that NULCA is helping move the yardstick with respect to preventing damage to underground facilities," says Robert Kipp, CGA executive director.
NULCA representatives hold positions on all CGA committees.
NULCA standards, says Bell, will continue to evolve to meet changing needs.