Gold shovel module


PEC Gold Shovel Module

Delivery Method: Instructor-Led or eLearning - CBT

Refresher Needed: Annually


The PEC Gold Shovel Module is an instructor-led course that brings students through the Gold Shovel Standard Program. The PEC Gold Shovel Module provides awareness-level safety information on excavations to reinforce worker awareness of hazards they may encounter in their workplace and strengthens student knowledge of various practices to mitigate those hazards. Students will be shown how to find and apply necessary legal documentation for excavations and state-specific legislation regarding hand-digging and tolerance zones around underground utilities.


PEC Gold Shovel Module Covers
  • 29 CFR 1910.120(b)(1)(iii)
  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P (Especially 1926.651)
  • State 811/Common Ground Alliance Websites
  • 811 Excavation Safety Guide — The Tolerance Zone
  • Excavation Legislation from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, specifically on hand-digging and tolerance zones


Course Components

PEC Gold Shovel module components include:

• Training and Competency

• Use of PPE

• Safe Work Practices and Procedures

• Inspections

• Underground Utilities

• Tolerance Zones

• Hazardous Atmospheres

• Cave-ins

• Emergency Response Plans

• Backfilling a Ditch







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Basic Orientation


The PEC Basic Orientation safety awareness course includes both SafeGulf and SafeLandUSA.






Basic Refresher


This standardized refresher course brings students up to date on their training certifications initially obtained through PEC Basic Orientation.






PEC was chosen by two of the largest energy infrastructure and pipeline companies in the United States to develop a training module, MSTQ Core.






PEC is one of three accrediting organizations involved in SafeGulf. Our Basic Orientation (1-day) and Core Compliance (3-day) were the first courses in the industry to be accredited by SafeGulf.