Newfoundland Offshore Area Petroleum Diving Regulations (SOR/88-601)

Regulations are current to 2014-06-12

Changes in Equipment and Procedures

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), the operator of a diving program shall

    • (a) forthwith repair, replace or alter or arrange for the repair, replacement or alteration of any diving plant and equipment that is being used in the diving program and that is defective or becomes inadequate or unsafe;

    • (b) alter any procedure set out in the procedures manual for the diving program that becomes unsafe, inadequate or deficient; and

    • (c) where necessary, initiate a new procedure in respect of the diving program.

  • (2) Where, pursuant to subsection (1), the operator of a diving program

    • (a) repairs, replaces or alters or arranges for the repair, replacement or alteration of any diving plant and equipment referred to in paragraph (1)(a), other than a routine repair, replacement or alteration carried out by a competent person,

    • (b) alters a procedure set out in the procedures manual for the diving program, or

    • (c) initiates a new procedure in respect of the diving program,

    the operator shall, prior to any activity referred to in paragraphs (a) to (c), obtain the approval of the Chief Safety Officer.

  • SOR/95-283, s. 7.

Authorization

  •  (1) An operator may apply for authorization pursuant to subsection 151(1) of the Act to use equipment, methods, measures or standards that do not comply with these Regulations.

  • (2) An application referred to in subsection (1) shall set out the manner in which the equipment, methods, measures or standards that are the subject of the application provide a level of safety and pollution prevention at least equivalent to that which would be provided by compliance with these Regulations.

PART IIIDIVING CONTRACTORS

Duties

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no diving contractor shall conduct a diving operation unless the diving contractor has arranged for the services of a diving safety specialist, other than the diving safety specialist available pursuant to paragraph 4(3)(b), who will be available on a 24 hour a day basis to advise any person involved in the diving operation, including any person making decisions affecting the safety of divers involved in the diving operation, on all safety aspects of the diving operation.

  • (2) Where the operator referred to in subsection 6(1) and the diving contractor referred to in subsection (1) are the same person, the diving safety specialist required pursuant to subsection (1) may be the same person as the diving safety specialist required pursuant to paragraph 4(3)(b).

  • (3) No diving contractor shall conduct a diving operation that includes

    • (a) a category I dive unless the diving contractor has appointed in writing a person who meets the criteria set out in section 27, 29 or 31 to supervise the diving operation and such a supervisor is present at all times during the diving operation;

    • (b) a category II dive unless the diving contractor has appointed in writing a person who meets the criteria set out in section 29 or 31 to supervise the diving operation and such a supervisor is present at all times during the diving operation;

    • (c) a category III dive unless the diving contractor has appointed in writing a person who meets the criteria set out in section 31 to supervise the diving operation and such a supervisor is present at all times during the diving operation; and

    • (d) the use of an ADS unless the diving contractor has appointed in writing a person who meets the criteria set out in section 33 to supervise the diving operation and such a supervisor is present at all times during the diving operation.

  • (4) No diving contractor shall, in a diving operation conducted by the diving contractor, employ a person

    • (a) to make a category I dive unless the person meets the criteria set out in section 53, 55 or 57;

    • (b) to make a category II dive unless the person meets the criteria set out in section 55 or 57;

    • (c) to make a category III dive unless the person meets the criteria set out in section 57; or

    • (d) to pilot an ADS unless the person meets the criteria set out in section 64.

  • (5) A diving contractor who conducts a diving operation that is part of a diving program shall

    • (a) ensure that every diving supervisor employed by the diving contractor in the diving program on a full-time basis has the opportunity to supervise each year a minimum of 12 dives appropriate to the category of dive for which the supervisor is certified;

    • (b) ensure that every ADS supervisor employed by the diving contractor in the diving program on a full-time basis has the opportunity to supervise each year a minimum of six ADS dives;

    • (c) ensure that every diver employed by the diving contractor in the diving program on a full-time basis has the opportunity to make each year a minimum of 24 dives, totalling a minimum of 20 hours of bottom time, appropriate to the category of dive for which the diver is certified;

    • (d) ensure that every pilot employed by the diving contractor in the diving program on a full-time basis has the opportunity to make each year at least four ADS dives totalling a minimum of 16 hours of bottom time;

    • (e) ensure that, except in the case of an emergency, each member of a diving crew involved in the diving operation, in every 24 hour period,

      • (i) has a rest period of not less than eight consecutive hours, and

      • (ii) is required to work not more than 12 hours;

    • (f) follow the procedures set out in the procedures manual for the diving program and any altered or newly initiated procedures referred to in section 7 for the diving program;

    • (g) maintain, at the craft or installation from which the diving operation is conducted, two copies of these Regulations and a copy of the applicable procedures manual and make them available to any person involved or to be involved in the diving operation and, on request to the Chief Safety Officer or a safety officer;

    • (h) provide or arrange for the provision of any diving plant and equipment necessary for the safe conduct of the diving operation, including

      • (i) adequate firefighting equipment, and

      • (ii) a two-compartment compression chamber that

        • (A) has been approved for the diving program, in accordance with section 5, for use at a pressure that is not less than six atmospheres absolute and, where the maximum working pressure that may be encountered during any dive that is part of the diving operation is greater than six atmospheres absolute, for use at the maximum pressure plus one atmosphere,

        • (B) is suitable for the diving operation, and

        • (C) is located in a readily accessible place on board the craft or installation from which the diving operation is conducted, except in the case of a diving operation that is conducted at a depth of 10 m or less, and, where the supervisor of the diving operation approves, may be located within one hour’s travelling time from the dive site;

    • (i) use only diving plant and equipment that is of sound construction, adequate strength, free from patent defects and in good working order;

    • (j) provide for the protection of the diving plant and equipment used in the diving operation from malfunction in the environmental conditions under which the diving plant and equipment are to be used, including conditions of low or high temperatures;

    • (k) permit only such repair, replacement and alteration of diving plant and equipment used in the diving operation as has been approved pursuant to subsection 7(2) and ensure that routine repair, replacement or alteration is carried out by a competent person;

    • (l) provide adequate illumination of the dive site and the underwater work site of the diving operation

      • (i) during any period of darkness or low visibility, and

      • (ii) where the supervisor of the diving operation requests the illumination and where the nature of the diving operation so permits;

    • (m) provide a diving operations logbook that is permanently bound and has numbered pages;

    • (n) retain any diving operations logbook referred to in paragraph (m) that is delivered to the diving contractor by a supervisor pursuant to subsection 50(5), and any records or copies delivered to the diving contractor by a supervisor pursuant to subsection 52(3), for a period of not less than two years after the day of the last entry made in it; and

    • (o) produce, on request, any logbooks, records or copies referred to in paragraph (n) for inspection by the Chief Safety Officer or a safety officer.

  • (6) Where continuance of a diving operation would compromise or is likely to compromise the safety or would endanger or is likely to endanger the health, well-being or life of, any person involved in the diving operation, the diving contractor who conducts the diving operation shall forthwith interrupt or discontinue the diving operation.

  • SOR/95-283, s. 8