|Health and Safety
|Vice Chancellor, November 2003
|Date Policy Took Effect
|1 November 2003
|Last approved revision
|28 August 2017
|Chief Operating Officer
|Director, Health, Safety and Wellbeing
To provide a safe operating environment to protect the safety of workers, students and volunteers involved with SCUBA diving.
All situations where SCUBA diving is undertaken as a part of University of Otago work or course related activities.
- Departmental Diving Officer.
- Head of Department.
- Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.
- University Diving Officer.
- University Divers
- Workers, students and volunteers who are authorised to dive by the UDO.
- The University of Otago on-line health and safety management system.
To ensure compliance with the University of Otago Code of Practice for Diving (hereafter the “Code of Practice”), the following responsibilities and accountabilities are defined:
1. Responsibilities of the University Diving Officer (UDO)
- Maintain diving code of practice and approval to dive documentation.
- Develop and manage a compliance auditing process to occur at least annually.
- Manage investigations relating to diving incidents/mishaps and accidents.
- Provide reports to the University Health and Safety Manager and notify necessary authorities after any critical diving incident.
- Revoke diving certificates of University Divers where deemed necessary to ensure the safety of activities.
- Complete test dives for all University Divers prior to any individual undertaking diving for work or study purposes.
2. Responsibilities of Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Pro-Vice-Chancellors and Directors of Services
- Ensure Heads Of Departments and Managers have sufficient resources to achieve the standards required by the Code of Practice.
- Ensure that University Divers within their division meet the compliance requirements of the Code of Practice.
3. Responsibilities of Heads Of Departments and Managers of Services
- Support Departmental Diving Officers (DDO's) by making available the time and resources required for compliance with the Code of Practice.
- Implement the Code of Practice for activities within their department, in conjunction with the DDO.
4. Responsibilities of Departmental Diving Officers
- Maintain the departmental University Divers register.
- Review and approve diving plans prior to any diving activity commencing.
- Refer any concerns regarding divers or dive plans to the University Diving Officer (UDO).
- Ensure knowledge of and adherence to the Code of Practice by University Divers.
- Maintain a register of University Divers in Vault.
5. Responsibilities of University Divers
- Comply with the Code of Practice, DDO and UDO requirements at all times.
- Comply with the Code of Practice requirements when operating as a dive supervisor.
- Attend all training as required.
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If you have any queries regarding the content of this policy or need further clarification, contact
Director, Health, Safety and Wellbeing