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Code of Practice for Diving

Category Health and Safety
Type Code of Practice
Approved by Vice Chancellor, November 2003
Date Code of Practice Took Effect 1 November 2003
Last Approved Revision 21 November 2016
Sponsor Chief Operating Officer
Responsible Officer Head, Health and Safety Compliance
Review Date 21 November 2021

Purpose

The purpose of the Code is:

  1. to establish safe diving procedures and foster a safety conscious culture which optimises the productivity of the University of Otago’s diving operation
  2. to ensure that all diving is conducted in a manner which minimises and/or prevents diving accidents, injuries or illnesses
  3. to administer and maintain industry standards for divers

Organisational Scope

This Code applies to:

  • Diving activities in New Zealand and overseas where those activities form part of the research or work of any University employee or student
  • Employees of the University of Otago undertaking diving activities
  • Students involved in diving either on a part or full-time basis while undertaking research or studies at the University of Otago
  • Anyone diving as a volunteer for any student or staff member or on behalf of the University of Otago
  • Diving activities from University vessels
  • Other persons who are diving for hire or reward for the University of Otago.
  • Visitors from other institutions diving in association with the University of Otago
  • Subcontractors undertaking work for the University of Otago or its staff/students as part of their research
  • Employees undertaking dive training activities as a requirement of their employment
  • For the purpose of this document the words diving and divers relates to both scuba and snorkel divers.

This code does not apply to:

  • Diving for pleasure conducted by students or staff of the University of Otago that has no relationship to their research, studies or work
  • Diving undertaken by members of the University of Otago Dive Club for recreation.

Definitions

Please see definitions within the document

Policy Content

Click here to download the Code of Practice for Diving at the University of Otago

Related Policies, Procedures and Forms

Scuba Diving Health & Safety Policy

Visit the University of Otago Diving website

Contact for Further Information

If you have any queries regarding the content of this policy or need further clarification, contact the Head, Health and Safety Compliance, on andrea.mcmillan@otago.ac.nz or (03) 479 7380.