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ADAS Executive Director

The current Executive Director (ED) of ADAS, Rob Gatt, has indicated to the ADAS Board of Directors an intent to retire from his position in 2020.  As part of the process to replace the ED, the ADAS Board is currently…

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Safety

This issue provides details of an umbilical entanglement near miss, and accidental activation of emergency stop buttons from IMCA; and a warning about the high risk of working on pipelines which may be affected by dead-leg corrosion from the HSE.…

Diving Emergency Service (DES) Hotline

ADAS has recently been informed that the Australian Diving Emergency Service (DES) hotline has undergone structural changes resulting in calls to the service being diverted to New Zealand or America. Traditionally the DES hotline had been funded by Divers Alert…

WHS Regulations Amendments

Section 4.8 of the Australian Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations were amended earlier this year with the most significant changes related to the General Diving category. Safe Work Australia published amendments to Section 4.8 of the WHS Regulations…

ADAS Nitrox Program

Work continues on the ADAS Nitrox program with courses expected to be available in early 2020. The ADAS Nitrox program which was first introduced in the May 2019 ADAS newsletter continues to be developed.  Recent industry consultation aided the development…

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Safety

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has recently issued a number of alerts relating to diving related incidents, sadly one of these led to a fatality. The remaining two incidents were near misses which, if not for the quick action…

All Female Dive Team

Diving contractor Professional Diving Services (PDS) recently hired an all female dive team to undertake maintenance work on enclosures at Taronga Zoo, Sydney.  PDS won the three year maintenance contract for the penguin and seal enclosures in July 2018 and…

Immersion Pulmonary Oedema Diving Incident

During police diver refresher training conducted in early 2019, a diver suffered Immersion Pulmonary Oedema (IPO) which resulted in hospitalisation and hyperbaric treatment. The diver involved in the incident is an experienced ADAS Part 3 (SSBA to 50m) police diver…

ADAS Training Updates

To help meet industry needs, a number of ADAS training courses are currently being developed which includes a free online revision module focussed on supervisor physics. The courses in development aim to provide easier access to training which meets the…

Offshore Safety Review – Have Your Say!

The Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) has continued its Offshore Safety Review and invites people from within the industry to participate in public consultation.  This is an ideal opportunity to have your say! The review began…

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