Gold Shovel Standard is a non-profit association, chartered with expanding the use of Gold Shovel Standard (GSS) as a single, uniform platform across North America. GSS aims to be universally accepted for all excavation contractors to perform safely, every single time they work. The GSS program is built upon two equally important foundations: an administrative side and a performance-monitoring engine. The administrative side of the program requires that an excavation company have an adequate damage prevention policy consisting of training, commitment to follow applicable laws, leadership support, corrective action procedures, and whistle blower safeguards for employees.
Purpose-built technology is integral to the GSS program. The performance-monitoring engine employs technology created specifically for GSS to archive and reveal the safety performance records of excavators across networks (gas, electrical, sewer, water, telecom, etc.) and across geographic boundaries (e.g., out of state). Contained within the technology, is monitoring to ensure that incidents are reported and taken through their life cycle and to ensure that corrective action procedures are actually followed. Additionally, the technology is designed to interface electronically with Common Ground Alliance (CGA) databases (DIRT), and with popular vendor management programs, such as ISN, to offer easy adoption by companies already using those systems.