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Training - Indiana 811 Law

Training is an important part of ensuring every member of your team is prepared to work within the requirements of the Indiana 811 law. Below is information about mandatory training, as mandated by the Underground Plant Protection Advisory Committee (UPPAC) penalty schedule and approved by the Commission, as well as several voluntary training opportunities for you and your team to consider.

For questions about any of the training opportunities or mandatory training listed below, click here.


  • Mandatory Training

    If you have received a letter saying that you must complete training following a violation to the Indiana 811 law, that means you must sign up for mandatory training. This is different than the voluntary training opportunities listed below.

    Mandatory training is part of the penalty schedule as determined by the Underground Plant Protection Advisory Committee (UPPAC). The guiding principle for the UPPAC’s penalty schedule is ensuring public safety and educating parties to encourage compliance, rather than being punitive.

    Indiana Code § 8-1-26-23(h)(2) includes training as a possible penalty, instead of, or in conjunction with, a monetary fine, warning letter, or a corrective action plan. For more information about the UPPAC’s penalty schedule, click here.


    Training Requirements

    Training must be completed no later than 180 days from the date of the Final Order. Otherwise, the alternate civil penalty of $5,000 is due. To successfully meet the requirements of this training, you must pay the participant charge in full, attend a training provided by a Commission-approved trainer, and successfully pass the examination at the end of the training. The test is a multiple choice, 20-question exam.

    Employees in attendance at the mandatory training must include at least one member of management or an employee who has a supervisory role; other employees may include safety officers, those responsible for calling in locates, scheduling work, or managing operations, or those involved in actual excavation. At least three employees must be trained unless the company has fewer than three total employees on staff. In that case, all employees must be trained. Additional employees are encouraged to attend training, but it is not required. Respondents who utilize agents or outside contractors are encouraged to have a member of those companies attend training, but it is also not required. For violations by homeowners and tenants, only the violator is required to attend the training.


    Signing Up for Training

    Training costs $500 for the first three employees; $100 is added for each additional employee in attendance. The contact information for the approved trainer can be found below. Contact Baker Utility Partners, LLC to schedule your mandatory, in-person training.

    Baker Utility Partners, LLC
    Steve Baker
    317-407-3295
    sbaker@bakerutilitypartners.com

  • Voluntary Safe Dig Indiana Training

    The Commission offers free, online safety training for professionals who work in excavation, including, but not limited to, landscapers, plumbers, concrete workers, and heavy construction workers. The free training courses can be accessed at www.SafeDigIndiana.com and are open to any individual wanting to learn more about how the Indiana 811 law and 811 system affects them. Please note: Safe Dig Indiana training is NOT a substitute for mandatory training given as a penalty by the Underground Plant Protection Advisory Committee (UPPAC).

    Training modules on SafeDigIndiana.com provide a learning opportunity about the requirements of the Indiana 811 law and best practices to successfully work a jobsite and ensure employees and communities remain safe.


    Safe Dig Indiana | Local

    The Commission also offers a grant for local government employees to attend training and education programs involving underground utility safety practices. The grants, which are funded by the Commission’s Underground Plant Protection Account (UPPA) fund, are intended to help ensure local governments can affordably provide quality training to their employees and, through education, facilitate engagement of local governments in broader regional and statewide underground facility safety networks. Eligible grantees include, but are not limited to, employees of local government entities, such as cities, towns, and counties, including representatives from municipally owned utilities.

    More information about the Safe Dig Indiana | Local Grant, including requirements and a list of approved training and education programs, can be found at www.SafeDigIndiana.com.

    NOTE: To receive a grant and before completing the online application, local government employees must first successfully complete the Commission’s online training courses on safe digging practices, also found at www.SafeDigIndiana.com.

  • Annual Safety Days

    To help raise awareness of safe digging practices among professional excavators and those connected to utility safety, the Commission hosts several underground utility Safety Days in March and April across the state. Safety Days are designed to educate participants on the Indiana 811 law and includes both classroom-style segments and a live, mock gas line-strike demonstration with emergency response to show the dangers of a gas line damage.

    The Safety Days are aimed at those involved in utility safety, including excavators, utility employees, locators, and emergency response professionals. Funds used to host the Safety Days are allocated from the Underground Plant Protection Account (UPPA), which itself is funded through the penalties assessed to excavators and gas line operators who violate Indiana’s Indiana 811 law.

    Note, Safety Day events do not satisfy training penalties that are issued in Indiana 811 Law cases.

     

    EVANSVILLE, INDIANA - RSVP at https://indianasafetyday.com/

    Evansville IURC Pipeline Safety Class

    Event Start: April 1, 2020 7:30 AM
    Event End: April 1, 2020 2:00 PM
    Registration/Breakfast: 7:30 AM
    Class: 8:30 AM
    Speakers/Demos/Questions & Answers: 10:00 AM
    Lunch: 11:30 AM
    Hit Kit Use & Best Practices: 12:30 PM
    Venue: Vanderburgh County 4-H Fairgrounds- Expo Hall
    201 E. Boonville-New Harmony Road
    Evansville, Indiana 47725
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    SCOTTSBURG, INDIANA - RSVP @ https://indianasafetyday.com/

    Scottsburg IURC Pipeline Safety Class

    Event Start: April 8, 2020 7:30 AM
    Event End: April 8, 2020 2:00 PM
    Registration/Breakfast: 7:30 AM
    Class: 8:30 AM
    Speakers/ Demos/Questions & Answers: 10:00 AM
    Lunch: 11:30 AM
    Hit Kit Use & Best Practices: 12:30 PM
    Venue: Mid America Science Park- The Banquet Hall
    821 S. Lake Road S.
    Scottsburg, Indiana 47170
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    COLUMBUS, INDIANA - RSVP @ https://indianasafetyday.com/

    Columbus IURC Pipeline Safety Class

    Event Start: April 15, 2020 7:30 AM
    Event End: April 15, 2020 2:00 PM
    Registration/Breakfast: 7:30 AM
    Class: 8:30 AM
    Speakers/Demos/Question & Answers: 10:00 AM
    Lunch: 11:30 AM
    Hit Kit Use & Best Practices: 12:30 PM
    Venue: Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds- Family Arts Building
    750 W. 200 S.
    Columbus, Indiana 47201
    Show Details

    FORT WAYNE, INDIANA - RSVP @ https://indianasafetyday.com/

    Fort Wayne IURC Pipeline Safety Class

    Event Start: April 22, 2020 7:30 AM
    Event End: April 22, 2020 2:00 PM
    Registration/Breakfast: 7:30 AM
    Class: 8:30 AM
    Speakers/Demos/Question & Answers: 10:00 AM
    Lunch: 11:30 AM
    Hit Kit Use & Best Practices: 12:30 PM
    Venue: Allen County Fairgrounds- Home & Family Arts Building
    2726 Carroll Road
    Fort Wayne, Indiana 46818
    Show Details

    NOBLESVILLE, INDIANA - RSVP @ https://indianasafetyday.com/

    Noblesville IURC Pipeline Safety Class

    Event Start: April 29, 2020 7:30 AM
    Event End: April 29, 2020 2:00 PM
    Registration/Breakfast: 7:30 AM
    Class: 8:30 AM
    Speakers/Demos/ Question & Answers: 10:30 AM
    Lunch: 11:30 AM
    Hit Kit Use & Best Practices: 12:30 PM
    Venue: Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds- Hall A
    2003 Pleasant Street
    Noblesville, Indiana 46060
    Show Details

    SOUTH BEND, INDIANA - RSVP @ https://indianasafetyday.com/

    South Bend IURC Pipeline Safety Class

    Event Start: May 6, 2020 7:30 AM
    Event End: May 6, 2020 2:00 PM
    Registration/Breakfast: 7:30 AM
    Class: 8:30 AM
    Speaker/Demos/Question & Answer: 10:00 AM
    Lunch: 11:30 AM
    Hit Kit Use & Best Practices: 12:30 PM
    Venue: St Joseph County 4-H Fairgrounds- Ester Singer Meeting Room
    5117 South Ironwood Drive
    South Bend, Indiana 46614
    Show Details

    CROWN POINT, INDIANA - RSVP @ https://indianasafetyday.com/

    Crown Point IURC Pipeline Safety Class

    Event Start: May 13, 2020 7:30 AM
    Event End: May 13, 2020 3:00 PM
    Registration/Breakfast: 7:30 AM
    Class: 8:30 AM
    Speakers/Demos/Question & Answers: 10:00 AM
    Lunch: 11:30 AM
    Hit Kit Use & Best Practices: 12:30 PM
    Venue: Lake County Fairgrounds- 4-H Building
    889 S. Court Street
    Crown Point, Indiana 46307
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    More information can be found at www.IndianaSafetyDay.com.

  • Other Voluntary Training

    In addition to the voluntary training opportunities listed above (both Safe Dig Indiana and the Safety Days in spring), you can always sign up for training with a number of approved training sessions on the Indiana 811 law.

    Contact UPPA Fund Manager Darby Miller for more information on how to connect with the organizations offering these opportunities.

  • Additional Information

    To report a damage to an underground facility, learn more about locate tickets, and find the cases to be heard at the next Underground Plant Protection Advisory Committee (UPPAC) meeting, click here. Frequently Asked Questions regarding damages to underground facilities can be found here

    To learn more about the regulation of gas utilities, click on the Pipeline Safety Division’s main webpage here.

    The UPPA fund is an accumulation of civil penalties (fines) that were levied and collected due to violations of Indiana’s Indiana 811 law. Learn more here.