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Results of State Damage Prevention Program Characterizations

PHMSA’s State Damage Prevention Program Characterization (SDPPC) initiative depicts state damage prevention programs with respect to the “nine elements of effective damage prevention programs” cited by Congress in the Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement and Safety (PIPES) Act of 2006. The resulting program characterizations can help stakeholders better understand the successes of and challenges to the state damage prevention programs, where the programs may need improvement, and where PHMSA can focus further assistance. A brief summary discussion of the initiative is available.

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The Nine Elements of Effective Damage Prevention Programs include the following:
Element 1 - Enhanced Communication between Operators and Excavators
Element 2 – Fostering Support and Partnership of all Stakeholders
Element 3 – Operator’s Use of Performance Measures for Locators
Element 4 – Partnership in Employee Training
Element 5 – Partnership in Public Education
Element 6 – Enforcement Agencies’ Role to Help Resolve Issues
Element 7 – Fair and Consistent Enforcement of the Law
Element 8 – Use of Technology to Improve the Locating Process
Element 9 – Data Analysis to Continually Improve Program Effectiveness
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filled green circle indicating implemented elementProgram element implemented
filled yellow circle indicating partially-implemented elementElement partially implemented/marginally effective program element needs improvement; no actions underway/planned for improvement
filled red circle indicating non implented elementProgram element is not implemented and needs to be addressed
white circle with cross indicating no information availableNo information available or not applicable
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