The model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations set out duties for a person conducting a business or undertaking to ensure the health and safety of people who carry out general diving work and high risk diving work. The duties include ensuring:
- divers are medically fit and are competent through qualifications and/or experience for the type of diving work being undertaken
- a dive supervisor who has the required level of competence is appointed to supervise workers carrying out general diving work
- a dive plan is prepared by the dive supervisor, and
- a dive safety log is prepared.
Additional requirements include ensuring that high-risk diving work is carried out in accordance with the AS/NZS: 2299.1.2007 Occupational diving operations – Standard operational practice.
Safe Work Australia will review the model WHS Regulations for diving work during 2016 and has commenced preliminary consultation with the diving industry. Public consultation on options to improve the model WHS Regulations for diving work is planned for mid-2016. To be advised when the public comment period commences subscribe to receive Safe Work Australia email alerts.
Any amendment to the model WHS regulations arising from the review will only be given effect when they are adopted into the WHS laws applying in your jurisdiction.
For further information on current requirements in relation to diving work in your jurisdiction, contact your work health and safety regulator.