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OSHA announces new requirements for reporting severe injuries and updates list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a final rule requiring employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. The rule, which also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements, will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction.
The basic requirements for a diver qualifying to the OGP Oxy-arc underwater cutting Recommended Practice come straight out of The Devon Standard and the Oceans Technology OXY ARC Burning Course. Those are no problem, the problem is: As currently published it over reaches: #1 anyone that wants to qualify burners has to use the OGP Diving Recommended Practice Report No. 411. Fine if you’re a major diving company working the oil patch for one of the OGP Oil Companies. Not good at all for a small Dive Company working the harbors, rivers and lakes. That's still where most of the diving is done.
Kyra Richter has been doing a great job, pressing hard on the concept of “Safety Culture”, here and other venues and I think Hal Lomax has explained it well:
"The word "culture" is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as "beliefs, habits, and customs unique to a given social group or society". Think about that definition for a minute. In order to have a true "Safety Culture", we have got to get way beyond the certifications, guidelines, regulations, and slick videos. We have got to get every member of the crew on every job involved in doing the job safely. This means turning the daily toolbox meeting into an interactive discussion (involving the crew, and not a boring speech) that is RELEVANT to the job we perform, and not something cranked out by the HSE Manager on the beach. It means getting everyone who is doing the job involved in preparing the JSA. It means really taking safety seriously all of the time, no matter if you are the diver, the supervisor, the technician, or the life support dude."
The Maritime Executive By Wendy Laursen
Captain Scott Powell, president of the Arctic Salvage Research Foundation, is developing the program for evaluating the equipment and procedures needed for salvage operations in the Arctic including the potential for saturation diving.
Captain Powell managed the response programs involving saturation divers when hurricanes Ivan, Rita and Katrina downed oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. “We set up five vessels for salvage operations with saturation diving systems that allowed us to keep dive teams at working at depth pressures while they remove debris and gained access to the downed wells to kill them. Saturation diving enabled the work to continue around the clock, and it is safer than having divers continually returning to the surface when long durations at depth are required. As the divers only decompress every month or so, you are reducing the risk of them getting decompression sickness.”
We moved to this news, today Spain and worldwide Professional diving this Mourning, unions and companies responsible conduct a relentless struggle to end these absurd deaths. In many cases the diver's own negligence and partly by companies run by people from outside the profession who show no respect for the safety of Professionals:
Posted by Michelle Howard August 25, 2014
International classification society Bureau Veritas has issued a new Rule Note covering the Classification of Diving Support Units. The Rule Note NR609 sets out requirements for vessels used for manned diving operations whether they are fitted with an air system for shallow diving or a complex saturation system for deep diving.
Industry’s first standard for certifying subsea equipment and components to drive efficiency
Posted by Eric Haun August 25, 2014
The subsea industry is challenged by the high cost levels, complexity and low predictability of quality control requirements throughout the supply chain. DNV GL aims to help address these issues through the launch of a new ‘Standard for certification of subsea equipment and components’. The goal of the certification scheme is to help increase quality control and efficiency, in addition to facilitating projects being delivered as scheduled by shortening lead times.
Brother Divers & Supervisors; I received the below on Saturday with permission to use it anyway I wanted. I elected to do it this way and remove the name of the person who wrote it . Why? Because I have heard this very refrain from many upper mana...