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  • DIVING AND BOATING

    SAFETY MANUAL

    Environmental Health and Safety

    Florida Atlantic University

    777 Glades Road

    Boca Raton, FL 33431

    Phone: 561-297-3129

    Fax: 561-297-2210

    Email: ehs@fau.edu

    Web: www.fau.edu/ehs

    Revised: February, 2014

    NOTICE: Copies of this publication can be obtained in an alternate format by contacting

    Environmental Health & Safety at ehs@fau.edu or 561-297-3129. This publication is available in

    standard print, Braille, or electronically for people with disabilities. Please allow at least 10 days to

    process this request.

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    SIGNATURE PAGE February, 2014

    This Florida Atlantic University Diving and Boating Safety Manual has been reviewed and is

    approved for implementation by the Florida Atlantic University Diving and Boating Safety Committee.

    This manual replaces and supersedes all earlier versions.

    DIVING AND BOATING SAFETY COMMITTEE

    _____________________________

    Dr. Anton Oleinik, Chair

    Dept. Of Geosciences

    _____________________________

    Gabriel Alsenas, General Manager

    Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy

    Center

    _____________________________

    Robert Anderson

    Environmental Health and Safety

    _____________________________

    Camille Coley, J.D.

    Executive Assistant Vice President

    Division of Research

    ___________________________

    Dr. Manhar Dhanak, Professor

    Dept. Of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering

    ___________________________

    Stephen Kajiura, Ph.D., Associate Professor

    Department of Biological Sciences

    _____________________________

    David Muncher, Diving Safety Officer

    Environmental Health and Safety

    _____________________________

    Dr. Frank Mari, Professor

    Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    _____________________________

    James Nelson, Assistant Diving and Boating

    Safety Officer HBOI, Marine Operations

    _____________________________

    Joshua Voss, Ph.D., Assist. Research Professor

    HBOI, Center for Marine Ecosystem Health

    _____________________________

    Dr. Lyndon West, Assistant Professor

    Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapters

    SIGNATURE PAGE .................................................................................................................................. ii TABLE OF CONTENTS ........................................................................................................................... iii

    MANUAL REVISIONS ........................................................................................................................... vii SECTION 1.00 GENERAL POLICY ....................................................................................................... 1

    1.10 Scientific Diving Standards .................................................................................................... 1

    1.20 Operational Control ................................................................................................................ 3

    1.25 Departmental Control and Responsibilities .......................................................................... 13

    1.30 Consequence of Violation of Regulations by Scientific Divers ........................................... 13

    1.40 Consequences of Violation of Regulations by Organizational Members ............................. 13

    1.45 Violation Review and Disciplinary Process ......................................................................... 13

    1.50 Record Maintenance ............................................................................................................. 14

    SECTION 2.00 DIVING REGULATIONS ............................................................................................ 16

    2.10 Introduction ........................................................................................................................... 16

    2.20 Pre-Dive Procedures ............................................................................................................. 16

    2.30 Diving Rules and Procedures ................................................................................................ 18

    2.40 Post-Dive Procedures ............................................................................................................ 21

    2.50 Emergency Procedures.......................................................................................................... 21

    2.60 Flying After Diving or Ascending to Altitude (>1000 feet) ................................................. 23

    2.70 Record Keeping Requirements ............................................................................................. 23

    SECTION 3.00 DIVING EQUIPMENT ................................................................................................. 26

    3.10 General Policy ....................................................................................................................... 26

    3.20 Equipment ............................................................................................................................. 26

    3.30 Auxiliary Equipment ............................................................................................................. 29

    3.40 Support and Safety Equipment ............................................................................................. 29

    3.50 Equipment Maintenance ....................................................................................................... 30

    3.60 Air Quality Standards ........................................................................................................... 31

    SECTION 4.00 CERTIFICATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS ........................................... 32

    4.10 Entry Level Training Requirements ...................................................................................... 32

    4.20 References ............................................................................................................................. 32

    SECTION 5.00 SCIENTIFIC DIVER AND OTHER DIVER CERTIFICATIONS .............................. 33

    5.10 Prerequisites .......................................................................................................................... 33

    5.20 Training ................................................................................................................................. 34

    5.30 Examinations......................................................................................................................... 38

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    5.40 Diver Permits/Certifications ................................................................................................. 39

    5.50 Depth Certifications .............................................................................................................. 39

    5.60 Continuation of Certificate ................................................................................................... 40

    5.70 Revocation of Certification ................................................................................................... 41

    5.80 Recertification ....................................................................................................................... 41

    5.90 Waiver of Requirements/Temporary Diver .......................................................................... 41

    Section 6.00 MEDICAL STANDARDS ................................................................................................. 42

    6.10 Medical Requirements .......................................................................................................... 42

    6.20 Frequency of Medical Evaluations ....................................................................................... 42

    6.30 Information Provided Examining Physician ......................................................................... 42

    6.40 Content of Medical Evaluations............................................................................................ 42

    6.50 Conditions Which May Disqualify Candidates From Diving .............................................. 43

    6.60 Laboratory Requirements for Diving Medical Evaluation and Intervals .............................. 44

    6.70 Physicians Written Report ................................................................................................... 45

    VOLUME II .............................................................................................................................................. 46

    SECTION 7.00 NITROX DIVING GUIDELINES ................................................................................ 47

    7.10 Prerequisites .......................................................................................................................... 47

    7.20 Requirements for Authorization to Use Nitrox ..................................................................... 47

    7.30 Nitrox Training Guidelines ................................................................................................... 48

    7.40 Scientific Nitrox Diving Regulations.................................................................................... 49

    7.50 Nitrox Diving Equipment ..................................................................................................... 52