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Because Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) has established an employer-employee relationship, compliance with OSHA Standard 29 is mandatory. As a result, diving engaged in by TAMUCC divers requires compliance with CFR 1910 Subpart T, Standards for Commercial Dive Operations. For further guidance with procedural compliance, TAMUCC looks to the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Standards for Scientific Diving and the Association of Diving and Contractors International (ADCI) Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations. These two organizations are recognized by OSHA as having representative standards exemplary in their areas of expertise, scientific and working, respectively. Additional Standards of reference are gleaned from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Working & Scientific Diving Standards and Safety Manuals.
As ADCI’s Forward states, "it is assumed that no set of standard procedures can anticipate all operating conditions that may be encountered and, consequently, no user of these Standards (in this context, TAMUCC’s) may assume safe operation simply by following the guidelines". TAMUCC’s mechanism for determining which standard a dive operation will follow for these cases will be the authority vested to the Diving Control Board (DCB) and Diving Safety Officer (DSO). ADCI proceeds to state, “No standard can ever substitute for common sense, sound judgment, or a continuing concern for safety. Chosen standards and codes will always be made on the side of increasing safety.” This responsibility is vested in all.
Thank you and safe diving and safe science,Brett W. DodsonDiving Safety OfficerTexas A&M University-Corpus ChristiBackground Video (Not available on mobile devices)