The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) newly published ‘Guidance on Health, Fitness and Medical Issues in Diving Operations’ (IMCA D 061) has been prepared in response to concerns about how best to address certain problematic diver health, fitness and medical issues identified by IMCA’s Diving Division members.
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“IMCA members have become concerned that the number of workplace incidents connected to diver health (medical fitness) and physical fitness appears to be growing. Key factors are identified in D 061 that underline many of these incidents. This rising trend suggests that there is a need for diving contractors, and divers themselves, to manage the whole question of fitness-to-dive more effectively,” said IMCA’s Diving Manager, Bryan McGlinchy.
D 061, which includes pre- and post-diving medical check forms, has specific aims:
- Emphasise to divers that they have an obligation not to endanger themselves, or other members of the dive team, by:
- Failing to declare significant health (medical fitness) issues to those in control of diving operations.
- Allowing their levels of physical fitness to decline significantly.
- Encourage a culture of good health and high levels of physical fitness amongst divers.
- Provide diving contractors with information about options that can help them deal with commonly encountered diver health, fitness and medical issues.
- Assist diving contractors seeking to develop arrangements for managing diver health, physical fitness and medical issues effectively.
Health, Fitness & Medical Issues in Diving Operations will also feature prominently in the Diving Session at IMCA’s Annual Seminar on 28 and 29 November in The Hague, the Netherlands.
D 061 is available on IMCA’s website.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldpipelines.com/equipment-and-safety/31102018/imca-publishes-new-diving-guidance/