Sunshine 811 members are required by law to report damages to Florida DIRT (effective 7/1/2017).
Florida DIRT is a personalized version of the Common Ground Alliance's Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT). Its purpose is to gather meaningful data on underground facility events. An event is defined by the CGA DIRT User’s Guide as “the occurrence of downtime, damages and near misses.”
Florida DIRT is a way for you to anonymously submit data into a broad database that is analyzed for root causes that lead to events. The primary purpose is to promote safe excavation practices that prevent damages.
While Florida DIRT cannot prevent those damages by itself, it can help identify opportunities to do so and measure the effectiveness of outreach efforts. Simply stated, we will use the data to develop targeted educational programs to help prevent future underground utility excavation damages.
A few specifics:
- Florida DIRT data is confidential and secure.
- While required for utilities, other stakeholder data will help get a full picture of damage prevention in Florida.
- All data for the preceding year is due by March 31. You can enter events individually or upload in a single data dump.
- Data will not be used for enforcement purposes or to determine liability.
Sign Up Today
The first person to sign up for your company is the company administrator. Delegate this task carefully. The company administrator can add users or you can have each user register separately. Click here to enroll in Florida DIRT.