Diving Directive Changes
OSHA has revised its directive for reducing hazards during commercial diving operations.
Commercial divers who spend extended periods of time underwater are exposed to hazards such as drowning, circulatory and respiratory problems, and hypothermia.
The revised directive:
- Lists answers to commonly asked questions about commercial diving operations
- Clarifies the requirements for and duties of workers who assist divers with their diving suits and gear, communications equipment, and other functions
- Updates the instruction about no-compression air dives based on the U.S. Navy Diving Manual
- Adds electronic links to enhance the directive’s web-based usability
Also included in the directive are inspection procedures for before, during, and after dives, equipment maintenance, and recordkeeping requirements.
The diving standard applies to diving and related support operations in the general, construction, and maritime industries. Scientific diving is exempt if the operations meet certain conditions. Recreational diving instructors are allowed to comply with an alternative set of requirements.
To access the directive: http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/Directive_pdf/CPL_02-00-151.pdf
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