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Posted : December 1, 2006
I am taking a degree course in health & safety. My dissertation is to produce a H&S policy, arrangements and a check list for diving. Any assistance would greatly be appreciated.

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Posted : December 1, 2006
It really depends upon then diving nature as to the advice. Lets take general public diving - each of their training agencies be it PADI, BSAC, IANTD, TDI, SSI etc etc all have pre-dive safety checks and due dilligence with Planning dives and then the recommendation is that underwater you follow this plan!!

The majority of divers responsibly follow the above generally. This is complementary to the Duty of Care that such diving facilities may or may not be offered under (eg from a dive boat or an inland site). Then there is the next realm which your question may of may not be addressing which is when you purchase (or their is a benefit in kind for) training then the HSAW Act applies OR That you are at work yourself (or if your employer is paying for your training - so you are technically still at work) and there is several key legal instruments already for the conduct of diving projects and they fall into five key areas namely;-
[1] Recreational Diving Projects - Diving At Work Regulations 1997 ISBN 0 7176 1496 4,
[2] Media Diving Projects - Diving At Work Regulations 1997 ISBN 0 7176 1497 2,
[3] Scientific and Archaeological Diving Projects - Diving At Work Regulations 1997 ISBN 0 7176 1498 0,
[4] Commercial Diving Projects Inland/Inshore - Diving At Work Regulations 1997 ISBN 0 7176 1495 6,
[5] Commercial Diving Projects Offshore - Diving At Work Regulations 1997 ISBN 0 7176 1494 8.

There is a recently published Managing Health and Safety At Recreational Dive Sites (HSG240) 2003 ISBN 07176 2218 5, All of these you can get from HSE Books on www.hsebooks.co.uk and are all very reasonably priced along with several other guides. Something that is well worth reading are [A] a Contract Research Report 140/1997 "Scuba Diving - A Quantitive Risk Assessment" This will be a must for your studies and a real eye opener for other viewers of this question, and [B] The Recreational Diving Health and Safety Handbook 1998 ISBN 0 9531 8890 6.

To round off this question you should take a look at the British Diving Safety Groups advice - which is well worth a look on www.bdsg.org and the Scuba Idustries Trade Association on www.sita.org.uk - That should keep you out of mischief for a while !! Thought you where going to the bar or cinema early - not a chance with that lot. If you let me know the specific area on this subject I'm happy to delve further as above is not even a tenth of my library on this subject. Perhaps I should get to the Bar or Cinema myself ! Happy Researching this...
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Andrew Dawson-Maddocks
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