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Injuries sustained by commercial divers are usually fatal. A lack of operational and contingency planning is often the root cause of diving accidents. Divers are at risk if hazards are not identified and adequately handled, and if emergency management measures and procedures are not in place.
The Diving Regulation requires every employer, owner and constructor associated with a diving operation to prepare operational and contingency plans, in writing, with input from one or more of the appointed diving supervisors.
The written operational plan must:
The written contingency plan should include site-specific measures and procedures to manage a diving emergency. For example, the plan should include provisions for:
The duties of diving supervisors under the Diving Regulation include, but are not limited to:
Divers have duties under the Diving Regulation that include, but are not limited to:
Owners, constructors, employers and diving supervisors all have responsibilities for the safety of divers and other workplace parties. There are many factors to consider for safe diving practices. Here are some additional requirements from the Diving Regulation:
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Disclaimer: This web resource has been prepared to assist the workplace parties in understanding some of their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the regulations. It is not intended to replace the OHSA or the regulations and reference should always be made to the official version of the legislation.
It is the responsibility of the workplace parties to ensure compliance with the legislation. This web resource does not constitute legal advice. If you require assistance with respect to the interpretation of the legislation and its potential application in specific circumstances, please contact your legal counsel.
While this web resource will also be available to Ministry of Labour inspectors, they will apply and enforce the OHSA and its regulations based on the facts as they may find them in the workplace. This web resource does not affect their enforcement discretion in any way.