NULCANational Utility Locating Contractors Association
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Said Mcintosh, "NULCA has also drafted utility marking standards and safety practices for excavating around underground lines."
"All the players in the locating industry are represented in NULCA," says Mike Bell, immediate past president and current member of the board of directors of the non-profit organization.
Bell says that NULCA developed the industry's first locating and training standards and procedures in 1996.
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.