Two safety events reported from IMCA include the tragic death of a dive instructor caused by incorrect valve threads on a diving cylinder, and a near miss incident where a diver’s umbilical became trapped. We also share an update from Safe Work Australia on managing psychosocial hazards in the workplace.
IMCA has published two new Guidance documents: the first provides information and guidance on the provision, acceptance and handling of breathing gases for diving, the second on protecting divers during underwater excavations. Additionally, IMCA Contractor Members are invited to submit Safety Statistics for 2022.
The new IMCA Guidance documents include:
- IMCA D 075 – Guidance on the provision, acceptance and handling of breathing gases for diving. This document aims to raise awareness of the issues that industry has faced when procuring breathing gases used for diving.
- IMCA D 074 – Guidance on Underwater Excavation Works Involving Divers. This document aims to raise awareness of the hazards associated with subsea excavation works and, in particular, the significant risks to divers who engage in such work.
Additionally, IMCA contractor members are invited to submit safety statistics data for 2022 using the web portal on the IMCA website. The window for submissions is now open and will close on Friday 31 March 2023.
Information on how to submit safety statistics and how the information will be used by IMCA can be found here