Ground Disturbance Awareness (Saskatchewan Edition) BIS



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This Ground Disturbance Awareness (Saskatchewan Edition) course is designed for employees who are or will be required to understand and implement any kind of ground disturbance in Saskatchewan. Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify and define ground disturbance
  • Define common ground disturbance terms
  • Explain the importance of ground disturbance legislation and regulations
  • Describe the responsibilities of parties involved in ground disturbance
  • Recognize when permits and agreements will be required
  • Describe how to locate, identify, and mark underground facilities
  • Explain how to expose underground facilities, excavate, and backfill safely
  • Identify common causes and consequences of underground facility contact
  • Describe safety requirements to prevent and prepare for contact

Module 1 – Definitions

  • Defining ground disturbance
  • Common words and terms related to ground disturbance

Module 2 – Regulations and Responsibilities

  • Regulations that apply to ground disturbance
  • Penalties for contravention of regulations
  • Responsibilities of each stakeholder involved in a ground disturbance

Module 3 – Approvals, Permits, and Agreements

  • Types of ground disturbance permits
  • Commonly used ground disturbance agreements
  • Circumstances that may impact the ground disturbance permits and agreements required

Module 4 – Stages of Ground Disturbance

  • Techniques for locating existing underground facilities
  • Procedures for marking underground facilities
  • Exposure processes for underground facilities
  • Safe excavating and trenching principles
  • Backfill responsibilities

Module 5 – Underground Facility Contact

  • Historical examples of damage to underground facilities
  • Common causes and potential consequences of underground facility contact
  • Strategies for contact prevention and preparation
  • What constitutes contact with an underground facility and the procedures to follow if contact is made

Approximately 2.5 hour


This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most Internet capable mobile devices with standard web browsing capabilities.


A mark of 70% must be achieved in order to pass this course. The course is able to be taken three times in efforts to achieve the pass mark.


Upon successful completion of this online course, a certificate of completion will be available for download and printing.