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Worldwide Diving Rules and Regulations

As we gain the regulations from around the world, we will place them here.

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  1. 2017 NOSAC Task Statment

    The new review of 18 years of recommended changes to the US Coast Guard CFRs/Regulation!



  2. Hyperbaric Lifeboat Recovery Gulf of Mexico Feasibility Study

    by Mike Willis of Thecnip. Presented at the The US GoM Diving Safety Workgroup January 2016



  3. ADCI Recommandation OCS

    If the Coast Guard excepts the The Association of Diving Contractors recommendation it would allow the 3 man dive team everywhere but outside the three mile limit! You will note that No One to include their legal council signed this document! You can also find it poster here on the regulation site.



  4. New 60 day comment period

    Second CFR Comment Period



  5. MY Comment Life Support Tech Surface Gas

    Dive Team Staffing Chart and your statement do not match
    § 197.290
    Dive team staffing requirements.
    (d) Mixed gas commercial diving operations must include a life support technician dedicated for the purpose of operating the mixed gas system.
    This requires a minimum of 6 personnel to make one dive. Your Chart shows 5 personnel required to for Surface Gas to make one dive.
    SEE Attached fir Charts and more.



  6. Portuguese commercial diving legislation

    70/2014 September 1



  7. DMT Comment Question 2

    VII. Requests for Specific Comments
    The following questions relate to these three issues. In response to these questions we ask for public comments with supporting data and references if possible.
    QUESTION 2: Should a DMT always be available, either as part of the dive team or at the dive
    site during a dive? Why or why not? What costs would be incurred and what benefits would be
    gained by requiring this level of availability?
    All Commercial Diving, Surface Supplied and Saturation Diving, should include at the minimum 1 Diver Medical Technician (DMT) Why: Most of the work that comes under these regulations are in access of 3 miles offshore and remote from emergency medical treatment.
    If only 1 DMT is on the dive location they should not be allowed to dive. Why: When you Surface Diving the DMT their services are not be accessible to other members of the dive crew for the length of their dive and decompression. In some cases this could be 6 to 8 hours.
    Why: Saturation Diving; a standard bell run/dive is 8 hours and many times runs longer if the DMT is in Saturation not only the Surface Dive Crew but those at storage depth in saturation have no access to his services.



  8. Personal Recommendations Posted to Coast Guard #2

    § 197.220 Commercial diving operators Pg. 94 through § 197.251 Pre-operational verification. Pg. 109 are a vast improvement over current CFR’s.
    One area of Responsibility needs to be added. Client or Customer of Commercial Diving Services;

    Most Contractors of Commercial Diving Services that come under jurisdiction of these proposed CFR’s Participate in the Job Plan. That job plan/scope of work will be put together by the contracting companies Project Manager and the Project Manager of the diving company winning the contract. Many times the Dive Supervisor/Dive Crew will have no input.

    There is an offshore Representative of the Contraction Company on every job. They have the power to remove any Dive Supervisor or any other member of that dive crew for any reason.

    These same contracting companies require the diving contractor to sign a hold harmless clause before they will issue a contract for work.



  9. Personal Recommendations Posted to Coast Guard #1

    All individual comments I post to the Coast Guard on 46 CFR Parts 8 and 197 will be posted here as well. As I make more comments I will add them to this post. Below are three specific questions the Coast Guard ask for comment on. I believe that question 3 is the most important so I responded to that one first SEE ATTACHED.
    Each of you can comment on any part of part of what has been suggested for regulation. Both positive and negative comments are important.
    VII. Requests for Specific Comments
    We would like more information about the SCUBA dive teams, whether all dive teams should include medical technicians, and whether or not we should consider alternative approaches to our proposed regulations. The following questions relate to these three issues. In response to these questions we ask for public comments with supporting data and references if possible.
    SCUBA dive teams. Our first issue is the minimum size of a SCUBA dive team. Our NPRM proposes setting the minimum at four members, the same as required by the Army Corps of Engineers, but one more than OSHA's minimum.
    QUESTION 1: The Coast Guard proposes a SCUBA dive team consisting of four members,
    based on the assumption that prudent commercial diving operators use SCUBA only when
    conditions are favorable to the diver and risk is minimal: that is, underwater visibility is greater
    than 3 feet, currents are less than 1 knot, and dive depth is no more than 100 fsw with no
    decompression. Is that assumption valid? Should a SCUBA dive team consist of more or fewer
    than four members? Why? What costs would be incurred and what benefits would be gained by
    setting the minimum higher or lower than four members? Medical technicians.
    The second issue involves certified diving medical technicians (DMTs). Commercial diving exposes divers to unique risks and physical challenges, such as barotrauma, that may require specialized and readily available medical care.
    QUESTION 2: Should a DMT always be available, either as part of the dive team or at the dive
    site during a dive? Why or why not? What costs would be incurred and what benefits would be
    gained by requiring this level of availability?
    Alternative approaches. Our third issue involves alternative
    QUESTION 3: Under one alternative to our proposals, the Coast Guard would not directly
    over see TPO audits of commercial diving operations and would allow TPOs to self-certify that
    their audits comply with Coast Guard standards. However, we would indirectly oversee audits
    by investigating reported marine casualties and associated civil penalty proceedings. Under a
    second alternative, neither the Coast Guard nor a TPO would conduct inspections or audits of
    commercial diving operations. The only compliance oversight would come through casualty
    investigations and civil penalty proceedings. The Coast Guard requests input on what merits and drawbacks may be associated with these two alternative approaches
    To make your comments go here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!home Enter in the search engine:
    Docket No. USCG-1998-3786



  10. Notice of proposed rulemaking: Commercial Diving Operations

    Coast Guard
    46 CFR Parts 8 and 197
    [Docket No. USCG-1998-3786]
    RIN 1625-AA21
    Commercial Diving Operations
    AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
    ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.



  11. Interm Report from Dive Safety Committee.

    Focus Group 1 –Hyperbaric Evacuation Systems/Hyperbaric Rescue Facilities, Hyperbaric Rescue craft (HRC/SPHL) and Evacuation planning for Sat Divers
    Focus Group 2 -Chamber Operation & Decompression Competency
    Focus Group 3 -General Equipment - (Includes Helmet air flow specifications and Inspection)
    Focus Group 4 –Enforcement and Accountability

    Finial report due in April 1915



  12. HSE Proposed changes

    Proposed changes to the 5 Diving Approved Codes of Practice (ACoPs)



  13. International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974

    The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, currently in force, was adopted on 1 November 1974 by the International Conference on Safety of Life at Sea, which was convened by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and entered into force on 25 May 1980.
    This publication contains a consolidated text of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, the 1988 SOLAS Protocol, and all subsequent amendments thereto up to and including the December 2002 amendments. The resulting text has been compiled by the IMO Secretariat and is intended to provide an easy reference to SOLAS requirements applicable as on 1 July 2004.



  14. IMO Diving Systems Code of Safety for Diving Systems 1995

    The Code of Safety for Diving Systems was originally adopted by the IMO Assembly at its thirteenth session (November 1983). Recognizing the need to update the Code and take into account amendments adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee since its adoption, the Assembly adopted a revised version, the Code of Safety for Diving Systems, 1995, at its nineteenth session (November 1995} by resolution A.831 (19).



  15. Classification of Diving Support Units. The Rule Note NR609

    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.



  16. Submitted

  17. Water Blasting

    Safety Alert and Ltd (Technip) was convicted and fined $70,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for specific breaches of Schedule 3 of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gasv Storage Act 2006 (OPGGS Act).



  18. US GOM DSWG Lift Bag Guidelines

    The US GoM Diving Safety Workgroup is a US GoM focused, non-competitive and non-commercial group of oil and gas operators, transmission companies, commercial diving companies, supporting sub-contractors, organizations and industry stake holders. The group will provide a unified voice to promote and improve diving safety, through the following: •Identification and sharing of best practices
    •Identify and seek solutions to industry challenges and issues
    •Review and comment of existing and proposed standards and guidelines

    •Provide input to the regulators and industry associations
    There Down Load Page is here. http://usgomdswg.com/PDFgallery.htm



  19. IMCA Guidance for Diving Supervisiors

    A good doucment!



  20. Death of Earl Guidry - OSHA Fine

    OSHA fines J&J Diving in connection with the October 2013 dearth of Earl Guidry. Bobby Delise (Delise and Hall) continues to prosecute the case on behalf of the family.



  21. Dive Safety Sub-committee

    A first; Working divers, dive supervisors, sat tech., company representative and owners worked on these suggestions for the New CFRs. Time to get involved the fight for solid regulations has more steps to make.



  22. Company Training in OSHA & Coast Guard

    Learn the rules you work under each country and trade organization is different. Many companies and some Trade Organizations, around the world, have excepted the OSHA 3 man dive team as their minimum manning level. The Divers Association believes this is an unsafe practice and is working to change it!



  23. DP Incident reporting Coast Guard

    1) The Coast Guard released a policy last week on voluntary DP Incident reporting (see attached). This policy letter clarifies the protocol for voluntary reporting of MODU DP incidents (as recommended in Coast Guard Federal Register Notice 77 FR 26562, “Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Dynamic Positioning Guidance,” May 4th, 2012) and outlines how the Coast Guard would use voluntary incident reports to facilitate industry wide improvements to DP reliability by using lessons learned from voluntary reports. This policy, and the FRN (77 FR 26562) it refers to are also available at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg521/.
    For questions, please contact CDR Josh Reynolds, USCG Office of Design & Engineering Standards, Human Element and Ship Design Division (CG-ENG-1), 202-372-1355, Joshua.D.Reynolds@uscg.mil
    Commander Rob Smith, USCG
    Designated Federal Officer
    National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC)
    U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
    Office of Operating and Environmental Standards (CG-OES)
    2100 2ND ST SW STOP 7126
    WASHINGTON, DC 20593-7126



  24. IMCA D001

    Dive Technician Competence and Training



  25. NOSAC Diving Subcommittee Recommendations 2008

    This is what we have been fighting to change. "Bill Crowley the current holder of the NOSAC Diving Committee position, addressed the full committee and requested: The Sub- Committee on Diving be reconvened."