June News: Georgia 811 Damage Prevention Competent Person Training Now Available!

Georgia 811 Damage Prevention Competent Person Training Now Available!
Georgia 811 is pleased to announce that Damage Prevention Competent Person Training is now available via the Georgia 811 website and encouraged for all safe digging stakeholders in Georgia. Stakeholders will enjoy the flexibility of being able to access the training at their convenience, start and resume training on different days and times, and pace themselves as they navigate through the course. Training is online, free, and divided into seven quick sessions that include the following topics:

  1. Introduction to Safe Excavation in Georgia
  2. Requesting a Dig Ticket & Understanding Utility Markings
  3. Liability & Damages
  4. Digging Safely: An Explanation of the Tolerance Zone, Potholing, Utility Depth, and Enforcement of the Georgia Dig Law
  5. Marking Standards for Underground Utilities
  6. Preparing a Damage Investigation
  7. Ticket Responses in the Positive Response Information System (PRIS)

Please visit the Training & Education page to learn more about the training and to sign up.

June Social Media Giveaway
Visit the Georgia 811 Facebook page or @Georgia811Adventures on Instagram to register for your chance to win one of two $150 gift cards from Ace Hardware. The drawing runs from June 1 to June 15 at 5:00 p.m.


Georgia 811 5K Event
The live Georgia 811 5K is back this year! Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 11 at Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville for this Peachtree Road Race Qualifier. In addition, Georgia 811 will launch a virtual event on August 11 that will run through September 11. Information on registration will be announced in July.
If your company is interested in sponsoring this event please contact Fiona Bowen at Fbowen@georgia811.com.


811 Day Proclamations
Across the country August 11 is recognized as 811 Day and Georgia 811 wants to help equip Georgia safe digging stakeholders in spreading the message about the importance of utility damage prevention. Visit the 811 Day page on Georgia 811’s website to:

  1. Download graphics to share on your company’s website and social media pages during the month of August.
  2. Access all the tools needed to acquire a local 811 Day proclamation from your city, county, or fire station.
  3. View talking points and the Georgia 811 media fact sheet to prepare for internal 811 Day safety briefings.

Also, if you’re part of a Georgia Utility Coordinating Committee, don’t forget that acquiring a local proclamation or adding 811 graphics to your company website/social media site can help earn your UCC a free lunch credit. More information is available on the 811 Day page.


Georgia 811 Holiday Planning
The Georgia 811 offices will be closed on July 5 in observance of the July 4 holiday which falls on a Sunday.