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Canada Oil and Gas Diving Regulations (SOR/88-600)

Regulations are current to 2020-11-17

PART VIDivers (continued)

Restrictions Respecting Medical Certificates

  •  (1) A diving doctor who examines a diver for the purposes of paragraph 53(b) or section 71 may insert in the diver’s medical certificate medical restrictions on diving by the holder of the medical certificate where the diving doctor considers those restrictions necessary for safety reasons.

  • (2) Where a diving doctor inserts medical restrictions in a diver’s medical certificate pursuant to subsection (1) or certifies in a medical certificate in a diver’s logbook that the diver is medically unfit to dive, the Minister shall, on application by the diver within one month after the insertion or certification by the diving doctor, review that certificate and the diver’s medical examination record related to the certificate with one or more specialized diving doctors.

Invalidation of Diving Certificates

  •  (1) The Minister may invalidate a diving certificate issued pursuant to section 54, 56, 58 or 71 where, in the opinion of the Minister, the holder of the certificate has become incompetent or incapacitated.

  • (2) Where the Minister proposes to invalidate a diving certificate pursuant to subsection (1), the Minister shall give the holder of the certificate at least 30 days’ notice in writing setting out the reasons for the proposed invalidation and shall give the holder an opportunity to show cause why the certificate should not be invalidated.

Diver’s Duties

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no diver shall make a dive in a diving operation unless

    • (a) prior to the dive, the diver has

      • (i) checked the diver’s personal diving equipment and is satisfied that the equipment is in good working order, and

      • (ii) reported to the supervisor of the diving operation any remedies, treatments, pharmaceuticals, intoxicants or drugs taken by the diver within the 48 hours preceding the dive, any injury or illness experienced by that diver since the diver’s most recent dive and any restrictions imposed pursuant to section 60 by a diving doctor as a result of the diving doctor’s examination of that diver after an injury or illness;

    • (b) in the case of a diver who has experienced an injury or illness other than decompression sickness since the diver’s most recent dive, the diver has received approval for further diving from a diving doctor or a hyperbaric first-aid technician who consulted with a diving doctor concerning the injury or illness;

    • (c) in the case of a diver who has experienced decompression sickness type I, at least two days have elapsed since the diver successfully completed recompression therapy;

    • (d) in the case of a diver who has experienced decompression sickness type II, at least five days have elapsed since the diver successfully completed recompression therapy and the diver has received approval for further diving from a diving doctor; and

    • (e) in the case of a diver who has experienced decompression sickness type I in two consecutive dives, the diver has received approval for further diving from a diving doctor.

  • (2) No diver shall make a saturation dive unless

    • (a) in the case of a diver whose most recent dive was a saturation dive of 14 days’ duration or less, at least 14 days have elapsed since the diver completed decompression; and

    • (b) in the case of a diver whose most recent dive was a saturation dive of more than 14 days’ duration, at least 28 days have elapsed since the diver completed decompression.

  • (3) Where a diver who is employed in a diving operation believes the diver is unfit or unable to dive at any time during that employment, the diver shall so inform the supervisor of the diving operation and shall give the reason for that belief.

  • (4) Where a diver becomes aware of any oil or other contaminant in waters in which a diving operation is being conducted, the diver shall forthwith inform the supervisor of the diving operation of the contaminant.

Diver’s Logbooks

  •  (1) A diver shall keep a logbook that is permanently bound, has numbered pages and contains the name and signature of the diver and a photograph that is a likeness of the diver.

  • (2) A diver shall, as soon as possible after making a dive, enter in the diver’s logbook referred to in subsection (1), for each dive made by the diver,

    • (a) the date of the dive;

    • (b) the name of the diving contractor, if any, who conducted the dive;

    • (c) the name of the operator or the operator’s representative responsible for the dive;

    • (d) the name or other designation and the location of the craft or installation from which, or other dive site at which, the dive was conducted;

    • (e) the dive identification number referred to in paragraph 50(1)(e);

    • (f) the name of the supervisor of the dive;

    • (g) the maximum depth, the bottom time and the total dive time of the dive;

    • (h) the decompression table and the schedule in that decompression table that were used in the dive;

    • (i) the decompression procedures followed by the diver;

    • (j) the type of personal diving equipment used by the diver;

    • (k) any injury suffered by the diver during the dive;

    • (l) the work performed by the diver;

    • (m) a description of any discomfort or illness, including decompression sickness, suffered by the diver; and

    • (n) any other factor relevant to the safety or health of the diver.

  • (3) A diver shall, after completion of an entry in the diver’s logbook in accordance with subsection (2), immediately sign the entry and request the supervisor of the dive to countersign the entry as soon as possible.

  • (4) No person shall make any alteration to an entry in a diver’s logbook referred to in subsection (1) unless the alteration is initialled by the diver and by the supervisor who countersigned the entry.

  • (5) A diver shall produce, on request, the diver’s logbook referred to in subsection (1) for inspection by

    • (a) a conservation engineer pursuant to paragraph 43(b) of the Act; and

    • (b) the diving doctor who examines the diver for the purposes of these Regulations, at the time of the examination.

  • (6) A diver shall keep in the diver’s logbook referred to in subsection (1)

    • (a) the diver’s diving certificate or equivalent document;

    • (b) any certificates or other evidence of qualification in addition to those referred to in paragraph (a); and

    • (c) any certificates or other evidence of medical examination received from a diving doctor.

  • (7) A diver shall retain the diver’s logbook referred to in subsection (1) for a period of not less than two years after the day of the last entry made in it.

PART VIIPilots

ADS Dives

 No person shall pilot an ADS in a diving operation unless the person

  • (a) is 18 years of age or older;

  • (b) has been certified to be medically fit

    • (i) to dive, in accordance with paragraph 53(b), or

    • (ii) to pilot an ADS, by a medical doctor who has examined the person not more than 12 months prior to the date on which the diving operation is to be conducted and who has recorded the results of the examination on a medical examination record in the form set out in Schedule V or in another form acceptable to the Minister and on a pilot’s medical certificate in that person’s pilot’s logbook referred to in section 69;

  • (c) has delivered a copy of the medical certificate referred to in paragraph 53(b), or the medical certificate referred to in subparagraph (b)(ii), to the diving contractor who conducts the diving operation;

  • (d) holds a valid pilot’s certificate issued pursuant to section 65 or 71, or a valid document that is

    • (i) issued by a country other than Canada on the basis of training and experience that are equivalent to the training and experience described in paragraph 65(1)(a), and

    • (ii) acceptable to the Minister; and

  • (e) has satisfied the supervisor of the diving operation that

    • (i) the person is capable of using, and has sufficient experience in the use of, the type of ADS and associated equipment to be used in the diving operation and is familiar with the relevant provisions of the procedures manual referred to in paragraph 4(4)(a) and the contingency plan referred to in paragraph 4(4)(i) to be used in the diving operation, and

    • (ii) the person’s involvement in the diving operation is in no way contrary to any restriction

      • (A) inserted in that person’s pilot’s certificate or attached to that person’s document referred to in paragraph (d) pursuant to section 66, or

      • (B) inserted in that person’s pilot’s medical certificate pursuant to section 60 or 67.

 
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