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The Cross Bore Safety Association is a community of industry professional that have joined together to address all aspects of utility cross bores for protection against loss of life, injury and property damage.

CBSA Benefits and Focus



Leading Practices for Cross Bore Risk Reduction, 88 pages
  Leading Practices Cover Page

                     NEW, February, 2020


Mission Statement

Membership chart"The purpose of the Cross Bore Safety Association is to bring persons and organizations together to create comprehensive high quality standards, guidelines, best practices, means and methods, courses, training, instructional materials and other related resources for the education and training of owners, insCross Boretallers, regulators, users, inspectors, maintainers and others who can benefit from such so as to minimize the risk for injury, loss of life and property damage from utility cross bores in an effective and efficient manner.”

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Covid-19 Update: Increased use of surface  disinfectant wipes cause higher sewer maintenance and risk of "Activating" Cross Bore damages:
▪ Flushing wipes in toilets can cause more sewer backups and result in more drain cleaning
▪  Drain cleaning should not use cutting tools when near a gas line crossing area
▪  Disposal of wipes is recommended in waste bins

Covid-19 Response for Critical Essential Infrastructure - U.S. Dept of Homeland Security 3/19/2020:

Memorandum: Water, Energy, Wastewater, Call Center and many other workers are determined essential during Covid-19

Covid-19 Worker Safety per CDC:
Should wastewater workers take extra precautions to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus?

Wastewater treatment plant operations should ensure workers follow routine practices to prevent exposure to wastewater. These include using engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices, and PPE normally required for work tasks when handling untreated wastewater. No additional COVID-19–specific protections are recommended for employees involved in wastewater management operations, including those at wastewater treatment facilities. 3/21/2020

For additional information:
CDC: Guidance for reducing health risks to workers handling human waste or sewage

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Mission Statement
Target Areas of Interest
Initial Focus
Definition of a Utility Cross Bore
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Definition of a Utility Cross  Bore
Cross bores are defined as an intersection of an existing underground utility or underground structure by a second utility resulting in direct contact between the transactions of the utilities that compromises the integrity of either utility or underground structure.

New-ExplosionCBSA completed the Leading Practices for Cross Bore Risk Reduction, working with key industry associations, agencies and leaders, in December 2019. The 88 page Leading Practices, 32 chapters, 23 figures, 33 references and 12 examples.