Public Act 174 of 2013, MISS DIG Underground Damage Prevention and Safety Act, requires that the Michigan Public Service Commission establish requirements for reporting incidents involving damage to underground facilities. The information that the MPSC will collect includes standard industry damage data, data unique to PA 174 and data that will assist in management of the data collection process. This data includes individuals involved in the damage and submission of information, date and location of the damage, facility and operation information, excavation information, notification and marking information, downtime, description of damages and root cause. The MPSC is required by PA174 to make information regarding damages and damages related to exemptions available on its website.
Facility owners and operators will be required to file data involving damage to underground facilities using the following process: Quarterly damage data shall be submitted by the 15th day of the third month following each quarter. The below chart contains all due dates.
If you are not a facility owner, while you are not required to report damages, you may do so using this method.
The data shall be submitted electronically in a .csv file.
The .csv file shall include all required fields and the data included in the file shall be submitted in the format as outlined in the document provided by the MPSC. The document can be found here.
As a service to our members, MISS DIG has put together training on how to set up your excel workbook provided to you from the MPSC when you register to simplify the inputting of data for each reporting period. Once set up, users will have drop down lists for defined fields from the MPSC guidelines. At the conclusion of the training, you will have the knowledge necessary to comply with the MPSC reporting requirements, a handbook of the requirements, and a disc containing a follow up how to video and a sample workbook. If you are interested in training, have questions or would like to receive a copy of the training material, please contact your local Damage Prevention Liaisons. Contact information for Damage Prevention Liaisons can be found here.