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Category: Diving

Diving contractor fined for safety failings

Friday, April 8, 2016

A diving contractor from Johnstone, Renfrewshire, has been fined for safety failings in operations for shellfish diving.

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RR1073 – The provision of breathing gas to divers in emergency situations

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The report examined the diving industry guidance provided to divers and supervisors in the amount and method of determining how much emergency gas a diver can require.

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MA1 – The medical examination and assessment of commercial divers (rev4)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

This revised publication is primarily for HSE Approved Medical Examiners of Divers (AMEDs) in performing fitness to dive medicals for the purposes of the Diving at Work Regulations 1997. The document may also be of interest to commercial divers.

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HSE releases injury and ill-health statistics 2014/15

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The full statistical report and industry specific data can be found online.

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Skipper sentenced for failings leading to diver death

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The skipper of a shellfish fishing boat has been sentenced for serious safety failings after the death of a diver in the River Forth Estuary. 

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Updated list of approved diving qualifications – March 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

This updated list includes a new class of diving – commercial acquaint diving – which will allow organisations who have written permission from HSE to carry out ‘try dives’ using Surface Supplied equipment.

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Skipper jailed for failings that lead to death of diver (COPFS release)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Guthrie Melville, the skipper of the boat ‘Solstice’, has been sentenced to nine month imprisonment today at Stirling Sheriff Court for health and safety regulatory failings that lead to the tragic death of James Irvine in Largo Bay, Leven.

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HSE jobs – Onshore Diving Specialist

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

To inspect and audit companies involved in diving operations and related activities, investigate accidents, complaints and dangerous occurrences, develop technical standards and guidance.

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INDG266 – Are you involved in a diving project at work? (revised)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

This leaflet is aimed at anyone who is involved in a diving project and provides a simplified overview of a number of the main legal responsibilities that apply.

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L107 – Scientific and archaeological diving projects: ACOP and guidance (2nd edition)

Monday, December 8, 2014

This publication sets out what you have to do to comply with the Diving at Work Regulations 1997. It applies to divers who are engaged in scientific and archaeological diving projects within UK waters. This document has been updated, the most significant changes relate to diving in pools and tanks and two-way communications.

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L106 – Media diving projects: ACOP and guidance (2nd edition)

Monday, December 8, 2014

This publication sets out what you have to do to comply with the Diving at Work Regulations 1997. It applies to all media divers and diving projects within UK waters adjacent to Great Britain. This document has been updated, the most significant changes relate to availability of compression chambers and fitness to dive.

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L105 – Recreational diving projects: ACOP and guidance (2nd edition)

Monday, December 8, 2014

This publication and associated guidance provides practical advice and sets out what you have to do to comply with the requirements of the Diving at Work Regulations 1997. This document has been updated to reflect changes in technology and industry practice. The most significant changes relate to availability of compression chambers and fitness to dive.

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L104 – Commercial diving projects inland/inshore: ACOP and guidance (2nd edition)

Monday, December 8, 2014

This publication provides practical advice and sets out what you have to do to comply with the Diving at Work Regulations 1997. This edition has been revised in order to simplify and update some information. The most significant changes relate to availability of compression chambers, fitness to dive, dive teams and partial pressure of oxygen.

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L103 – Commercial diving projects offshore: ACOP and guidance (2nd edition)

Monday, December 8, 2014

This publication sets out what you have to do to comply with the requirements of the Diving at Work Regulations 1997. This edition has been revised in order to simplify and update some of the information. The most significant changes relate to closed bell projects, fitness to dive, bell operations and partial pressure of oxygen.

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Updated diving ACOPs published

Monday, December 8, 2014

A revised set of ACOPs for the diving industry has been launched, providing practical advice on how to comply with the Diving at Work Regulations 1997. Each ACOP has been updated to provide greater clarity, reflect changes in technology and industry practice, remove inconsistencies and to replace references that have become outdated.

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Proposals to amend safety of pressure systems ACOP

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Public consultation runs from 1 September to 13 October 2014 – have your say on the revised version of the ACOP relating to the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 – L122 (PSSR ACOP). The consultation asks specific questions on the new format of the ACOP.

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HSE51 – Regulation of health and safety at work

Thursday, August 7, 2014

HSE has published a document that explains the main features of the regulatory approach taken by HSE and local authorities to improve standards in health and safety performance. The document will be of interest to businesses regulated by HSE and local authorities, as well as others working in health and safety.

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Consultation – Proposals to exempt certain self-employed people from health and safety law

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Public consultation; have your say by 31 August 2014. Plans to make self-employed people exempt from Section 3(2) HSWA – unless their work involves prescribed activities, listed in the consultation.

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Safety alert – Sizing of latex neck seals used with diving equipment

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Latex neck seals used in the diving industry need to be correctly fitted to the diver. A neck seal that is too large allows water ingress or gas escape and a neck seal that is too small can cause severe breathing problems.

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HSE unveils changes to reporting requirements

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has formally implemented changes to simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses.

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