Occupational Safety And Health Standards For Great Lakes Commercial Diving Operations
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Occupational Safety And Health Standards For Great Lakes Commercial Diving Operations

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    Persons involved in underwater diving operations are subject to certain occupational risks. In order to protect workers from unnecessary injury or unacceptable risks, certain standards of medical fitness, operational procedure, and equipment must be recognized and compiled. Such standards must be specific and enforceable for adequate protection of the individual worker, but. must not be so "unreasonable" as to prohibit underwater work from an economic and operational requirement standpoint. Diving technology is a rapidly expanding science, and the variations in technique and task complexity experienced throughout the industry are vast. The purpose of this report is to provide a basis for development of occupational safety and health standards for diving contractors and divers working in the Great Lakes area and to provide guidelines to regulatory agencies for preparation of governmental regulations in commercial and industrial diving operations. It is not intended that provisions in this report or standard are to supercede any governmental regulations, present or proposed. Conse​quently, this report is limited to: (1) diving in commercial and industrial situations, (2) operations in inland and territorial waters of the United States defined as the Great Lakes Basin, and (3) shallow-water diving operations in which the diver's working depth does not exceed 220 fsw and compressed air is the primary breathing gas.
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