Procedures

Diving Safety - Procedures

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1.  Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of these procedures is to ensure that the University meets its diving safety obligations by identifying hazards, removing any associated risks and/or installing control measures to prevent or minimise the level of risk to staff, students, contractors, volunteers and visitors engaged in underwater diving at the workplace.

2.  Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

Scientific Diving – diving performed for the purpose of professional scientific research, natural resource management or scientific research as an educational activity

3.  Procedures Scope/Coverage

These procedures apply to staff, students, contractors, volunteers and visitors engaged in underwater diving at the workplace.

4.  Procedures Statement

The University of Queensland conducts Scientific Diving and other occupational diving as a tool for teaching and scientific research in several diverse disciplines of science in addition to minor site maintenance at field stations.

These Diving Safety procedures address and assist the planning and implementation of safe diving practices by identifying hazards, limitations and responsibilities of each member of the dive team through to administrative levels of management for all aspects of diving within The University of Queensland. The University of Queensland recognizes that SCUBA diving and snorkelling are used as effective research tools. Persons engaged in these practices are exposed to special categories of risk.

These procedures in no way replace or contradict the provisions, responsibilities and requirements of the Work Health and Safety Regulation (Qld) 2011.

Aside from the hazards of SCUBA diving, the tasks employed in Scientific Diving are generally low risk. They include:

  • observational data collection,
  • sample collection of waters, marine plants and organisms, and sediments for analysis and study, and
  • photography, video and sound recording.

5.  Diving Procedures Manual

To manage and minimise the risks associated with Scientific Diving, the University has created a Diving Procedures Manual containing a set of conditions, control measures and operating protocols that have been developed relevant to the level of risk and skill required to undertake general Scientific Diving.

Material used in this manual has been derived from:

  • Work Health and Safety Act 2011
  • Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011
  • Occupational Diving Work Code of Practice 2005
  • Recreational Diving, Recreational Technical Diving and Snorkelling Code of Practice 2011
  • Australian Standard 2299.2 (2002) - Scientific Diving
  • Australian Standard 2299.1 (2007) – Occupational Diving Operations Part 1: Standard Operational Practice

Any diving work that does not meet the definition of Scientific Diving will comply with Construction Diving requirements as defined in the Work Health and Safety Regulation (Qld) 2011, and be approved on a case by case basis by the University Boating and Diving Officer.

Custodians
Director, Occupational Health and Safety
Mr Jim Carmichael
Custodians
Director, Occupational Health and Safety
Mr Jim Carmichael