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A Diving Industry Advisory Group (DIAG), has been formed in New Zealand to identify and reduce incidences of preventable injury through improved communications between the occupational diving sector and the regulator, WorkSafe New Zealand.
The new advisory group has been formed to represent each of the occupational diving sectors in New Zealand.
The Diving Industry Advisory Group (DIAG) will be made up of hyperbaric operations experts and will be the conduit between New Zealand’s occupational diving sector and WorkSafe New Zealand (which is providing secretariat services).
DIAG’s primary purpose is to identify and reduce incidences of preventable injury through improved communications between the occupational diving sector and the regulator. DIAG and WorkSafe will drive adherence to good practice by industry.
DIAG’s scope of work is:
- Provision of advice to WorkSafe on relevant sector issues, including regulatory impact.
- Provision of a channel for sector representation, communication and consultation on all matters impacting it and WorkSafe.
- Collaboration on documents for communication across the occupational diving industry and to specific sectors.
- Provision of comment on guidance and good practice material developed for the purpose of improving safety standards in industry.
- Provision of comment and guidance on industry health issues, including but not limited to, health monitoring, reporting of harms, industry practices likely to impact on the health of workers.
DIAG is chiefly constituted against the categories of Certificate of Competence that reflect each of the occupational diving industries in New Zealand. Royal New Zealand Navy, New Zealand Police and a Professional Divers Representative have also been included.
DIAG was formed in October of 2015 and is currently made up of appointees and interim representatives.
WorkSafe has invited Professor Des Gorman to fulfil the role of DIAG Chair.
Please see the WorkSafe New Zealand notification for more details about the DIAG and relevant contact information.
*Article supplied by Paul Mitchell of WorkSafe New Zealand