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Commercial Diving Operations

OSHA Training Requirements - Commercial Diving Operations

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1910.410 – 1910.440 – Commercial Diving Operations

1910.410 – Qualifications of Dive Team

(a) – General.

(1) – Each dive team member shall have the experience or training necessary to perform assigned tasks in a safe and healthful manner.

(2) – Each dive team member shall have experience or training in the following:

(i) The use of tools, equipment and systems relevant to assigned tasks;

(ii) Techniques of the assigned diving mode: and

(iii) Diving operations and emergency procedures.

(3) – All dive team members shall be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid (American Red Cross standard course or equivalent).

(4) – Dive team members who are exposed to or control the exposure of others to hyperbaric conditions shall be trained in diving-related physics and physiology.

1910.421 – Pre-dive Procedures

(f) – Employee briefing.

(1) – Dive team members shall be briefed on:

(i) The tasks to be undertaken;

(ii) Safety procedures for the diving mode;

(iii) Any unusual hazards or environmental conditions likely to affect the safety of the diving operation; and,

(iv) Any modifications to operating procedures necessitated by the specific diving operation.

1910.423 – Post-dive procedures

(b) – Precautions.

(1) – After the completion of any dive, the employer shall:

(ii) Instruct the diver to report any physical problems or adverse physiological effects including symptoms of decompression sickness;

(iii) Advise the diver of the location of a decompression chamber which is ready for use; and

(iv) Alert the diver to the potential hazards of flying after diving.

(2) – For any dive outside the no-decompression limits, deeper than 100 fsw or using mixed gas as a breathing mixture, the employer shall instruct the diver to remain awake and in the vicinity of the decompression chamber which is at the dive location for at least one hour after the dive (including decompression or treatment as appropriate).

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