Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission

On May 25, Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 18-167 into law. This bill included the creation of the Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission (Safety Commission), effective August 8, 2018.

In order to assist in preventing damage to underground facilities, the Safety Commission is charged with the following tasks:

  • Making recommendations regarding:
    • Best practices and training
    • Policies to enhance public safety
    • Policies to improve efficiency and cost savings to the 811 program
  • Reviewing complaints of alleged violations and ordering appropriate remedial action/penalties

    You may contact the Safety Commission using the phone number and email address provided below.

    Meeting Location

    Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
    633 17th Street, Suite 500 (5th floor)
    Denver, CO  80202
    You may proceed directly to the 5th floor for these meetings.

    Meeting Time: 12:00 - 4:00 pm

    2020

    • January 9, 2020: Agenda
    • February 13, 2020: Register to join the meeting online
    • March 12, 2020
    • April 9, 2020
    • May 14, 2020
    • June 11, 2020
    • July 9, 2020
    • August 13, 2020
    • September 10, 2020
    • October 8, 2020
    • November 12, 2020
    • December 10, 2020

    2019

    Date Time
    Friday, December 14, 2018
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Thursday, January 3, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    12:00 - 4:00 pm
    Tuesday, January 29, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    12:00 - 4:00 pm
    Wednesday, March 13, 2019 CANCELED
    Thursday, April 11, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    1:00 - 4:00 pm
    Thursday, May 9, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    12:00 - 4:00 pm
    Thursday, June 13, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    12:00 - 4:00 pm
    Thursday, July 11, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    12:00 - 4:00 pm
    Thursday, August 8, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    12:00 - 4:00 pm
    Thursday, September 12, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    12:00 - 4:00 pm
    Thursday, October 10, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    12:00 - 4:00 pm

    Thursday, November 14, 2019
    Agenda

    Meeting Notes

    12:00 - 4:00 pm

    Thursday, December 12, 2019

    Agenda

    Meeting Notes

    12:00 - 4:00 pm

    The Review Committee, which consists of 3-5 Safety Commission members, will schedule meetings to hear complaints regarding alleged violations of the Excavation Requirements statute. These hearings are public meetings, so the dates, times and location are listed below.

    Meeting Location

    Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
    633 17th Street, Suite 500 (5th floor)
    Denver, CO  80202
    You may proceed directly to the 5th floor for the hearings.

    2020

    Dates Times

    February 6, 2020

    Agenda

    8:00 am

    9:30 am

    February 27, 2020

    Agenda

    8:00 am

    9:30 am

    11:00 am

    1:30 pm

    March 5, 2020  
    March 26, 2020  
    April 7, 2020  
    April 23, 2020  
    May 7, 2020  
    May 19, 2020  
    June 4, 2020  
    June 25, 2020  
    July 14, 2020  
    July 30, 2020  
    August 6, 2020  
    August 27, 2020  
    September 3, 2020  
    September 24, 2020  
    October 1, 2020  
    October 20, 2020  
    November 5, 2020  
    November 17, 2020  
    December 1, 2020  
    December 15, 2020  

    2019

    Dates Times
    Monday, March 18, 2019
    Agenda
    1:00 pm
    Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    Agenda
    1:00 pm
    Wednesday, May 22, 2019
    Agenda
    8:00 am
    10:00 am
    Thursday, May 23, 2019
    Agenda
    10:00 am
    1:00 pm
    Wednesday, June 26, 2019
    Agenda
    8:00 am
    10:00 am
    1:00 pm
    2:00 pm
    3:00 pm
    Wednesday, July 17, 2019
    Agenda
    10:00 am
    1:00 pm
    3:00 pm
    Thursday, August 29, 2019
    Agenda
    10:00 am
    2:30 pm
    Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    Agenda
    8:00 am
    Tuesday, October 8, 2019
    Agenda
    1:00 pm
    Thursday, October 24, 2019
    Agenda
    1:00 pm
    Tuesday, November 5, 2019
    Agenda
    10:00 am
    Tuesday, November 19, 2019
    Agenda
    1:00 pm
    Tuesday, December 3, 2019
    Agenda
    8:00 am
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019
    Agenda
    9:00 am
    11:00 am

    The Best Practices Subcommittee will schedule meetings to develop best practices for elements of the Excavation Requirements statute. These are public meetings, so the dates, times and location are listed below.

    Meeting Location

    Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
    633 17th Street, Suite 500 (5th floor)
    Denver, CO  80202
    You may proceed directly to the 5th floor for these meetings.

    Meeting Time: 10:00 - 11:50 am

    2020

    • January 9, 2020: Agenda
    • February 13, 2020
    • March 12, 2020
    • April 9, 2020
    • May 14, 2020
    • June 11, 2020
    • July 9, 2020
    • August 13, 2020
    • September 10, 2020
    • October 8, 2020
    • November 12, 2020
    • December 10, 2020

    2019

    The following have been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Safety Commission as of January 1, 2020.

    Safety Commission Member List
    Member Member Category Term Expiration
    Ray Swerdfeger headshot

    Raymond Swerdfeger

    Excavator 1/1/2021
    Eric Kirkpatrick headshot

    Eric Kirkpatrick

    Chair

    Investor-Owner Utilities 1/1/2021
    Lori Warner headshot

    Lori Warner

    Pipeline Company 1/1/2021
    Mark Jurgemeyer headshot

    Mark Jurgemeyer

    Rural Electric Cooperative 1/1/2021
    Pat Fitzgerald headshot

    Patrick Fitzgerald

    Special District 1/1/2021
    Kat Duitsman headshot

    Katharine Duitsman

    Engineer 1/1/2022
    Mark Frasier headshot

    Mark Frasier

    Farming/Ranching 1/1/2022
    Thomas Sturmer Telecommunications/Broadband 1/1/2022
    Julie Mileham headshot

    Julie Mileham

    Transportation 1/1/2022
    Jim Moody headshot

    Jim Moody

    Review Committee Coordinator

    Contractor 1/1/2023
    Ted Jensen County 1/1/2023
    Jeannette Jones headshot

    Jeannette Jones

    Energy Producer 1/1/2023
    Rob Ellis Excavator 1/1/2023
    Chris Kampmann headshot

    Chris Kampmann

    Vice Chair

    Municipality 1/1/2023
    Mark Williams headshot

    Mark Williams

    Water Utility 1/1/2023

    The Governor has appointed all of the members of the Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission, so applications are not currently being accepted.

    Nomination Categories

    The Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission includes 15 people from the following categories.

    Those selected to serve on the commission will do so for a term of three years.

    Nomination Category Nominated by # of Representatives on the Safety Commission
    County Colorado Counties, Inc. 1
    Municipality Colorado Municipal League 1
    Special District Special District Association of Colorado 1
    Energy Producer Colorado's Energy Industry 1
    Contractor Colorado Contractors Association 1
    Excavator Excavator Members of the Notification Association 2
    Engineer American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado 1
    Investor-Owner Utility Investor-Owner Utilities 1
    Rural Electric Cooperative Colorado Rural Electric Association 1
    Pipeline Company Colorado Pipeline Association 1
    Telecommunications and Broadband Company Colorado Telecommunications and Broadband Industry 1
    Water Utility Colorado Water Utility Council 1
    Transportation Department of Transportation 1
    Farming/Ranching Commissioner of Agriculture 1

    To submit a formal complaint to the Safety Commission regarding an alleged violation of the law that occurred on or after August 8, 2018, you may complete one of the following:

    Damage Form 

    If you complete the PDF complaint form and your complaint includes a near-miss or underground facility damage, please also complete the form below to provide as much information as possible about the near-miss/damage.​

    Underground Facility Damage Form

    **If you are the owner or operator of a damaged underground facility, you are also required to report the damage to Colorado 811 within 90 days after service has been restored per Section 9-1.5-103(7)(b) of the Colorado Excavation Requirements Statute.**

    Alternative Dispute Resolution

    In addition to submitting a complaint, you may also pursue alternative dispute resolution through Colorado 811. View the details on the Colorado 811 website using the link below.

    Colorado 811 - Alternative Dispute Resolution

    To submit a request for the Safety Commission to develop a best practice policy, you may complete one of the following:

    Best Practices

    Electronically Locatable

    FAQs

    In addition to the FAQs here, additional resources are listed under the Helpful Resources tab at the bottom of the page.

    What is a frivolous complaint?

    The Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission Regulations define a frivolous complaint as "A complaint filed with the Safety Commission that is entirely without merit and is made with the intention of causing inconvenience, harassment or expense."

    Home Rule counties, cities and counties, municipalities and power authorities may either develop their own damage prevention safety programs that are similar to the Safety Commission or complete a waiver that delegates their damage prevention safety programs to the Safety Commission.

    Complete the form linked below to let the Safety Commission know which option your home rule entity has selected.

    Home Rule Entity Waiver/Notification of Damage Prevention Safety Program