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Report Excavation Damage

Section 4100 of Title 19 of the California Code of Regulations requires that an excavator causing or discovering damage must file a report immediately, and in no case longer than two hours, after learning of the damage.

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Ideas

The Underground Infrastructure Safety Board encourages you to submit your ideas on how to address a public safety concern you see within the Board’s purview.

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Rulemaking

The Dig Safe Act of 2016 created the California Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board to enforce Government Code 4216. It directed the Board to create rules and regulations where none currently exist to improve worker and public safety across the state.

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Electronic Positive Response

As of January 1, 2021 California law (Government Code 4216.3(c)(1)(A)) requires that every operator of a subsurface installation, not granted an extension pursuant to 19 CCR 4020 make an electronic positive response (EPR) to each applicable excavation location request ticket through the appropriate regional notification center before the legal excavation start date.

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Area of Continual Excavation

Starting July 1, 2020, excavators and operators of California’s underground facilities will begin using Area of Continual Excavation (ACE) locate request tickets which are valid for one year as compared to the standard ticket length of 28 days. A 2016 change to CA law created the new ACE ticket which is available to farmers and certain flood control operators.

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Resources

The Dig Safe Act of 2016 created the California Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board to enforce Government Code 4216, and directed the Board to create rules and regulations where none currently exist to improve worker and public safety across the state.

Annual Reports & Plans

Strategic Plans, Annual Plans, Results Reports, Cost Reports, Education & Outreach Plan, Reports to the Legislature & Governor, and Legislative Review Reports.

Board Policies

Legislative Framework, Organization, Responsibilities & Accountabilities, Governance, and Compliance.

Board Resolutions

2018–2021 Adopted Board Resolutions.

News and Updates

Board Meetings

Underground Safety Board Business Meeting

July 11, 2022 - July 12, 2022 at All Day

Underground Safety Board Enforcement Meeting

September 13, 2022 at All Day

About the Underground Safety Board

The California Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board was created by the Dig Safe Act of 2016 to investigate accidents, develop excavation safety standards and coordinate education and outreach programs. The Board is made up of nine members appointed by the Governor and Legislature. Members are charged with overseeing the safety of excavations around buried utilities by coordinating the state’s education and outreach efforts, investigating accidents to determine their causes, setting standards for safe excavation and ensuring the state’s safe excavation laws are followed.

More information about the Underground Safety Board

Board Members

The Board is made up of nine members appointed by the Governor and Legislature.