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SR 2002 No. 300 Regulations as amended, taking into account amendments up to SR 2004 No. 271
Administered by: Resources, Energy and Tourism
Registered 14 Jan 2005
Start Date 01 Jan 2005
End Date 01 Jan 2010
Date of repeal 01 Jan 2010
Repealed by Offshore Petroleum (Safety) Regulations 2009

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Diving Safety) Regulations 2002

Statutory Rules 2002 No. 300 as amended

made under the

This compilation was prepared on 1 January 2005
taking into account amendments up to SR 2004 No. 271

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney-General’s Department,
Canberra


Contents

Part 1                    Preliminary

                        1  Name of Regulations [see Note 1]                                        5

                        2  Commencement                                                                 5

                        3  Application                                                                        5

                        4  Definitions                                                                         5

                        5  Meaning of diving                                                               7

                        6  When a diving operation begins and ends                             7

Part 2                    Diving safety management systems

                        7  No diving without DSMS                                                      9

                        8  Contents of DSMS                                                            10

                        9  Acceptance of new DSMS                                                 11

                       10  Acceptance of revised DSMS                                            11

                       11  Grounds for rejecting DSMS                                              11

                       12  Notice of reasons                                                             12

                       13  Register of DSMSs                                                           12

                       14  Revision of DSMS                                                             13

                       15  Notice to revise DSMS                                                      13

Part 3                    Diving project plans

                       16  Diving project plan to be approved                                      15

                       17  Diving project plan to Safety Authority if there is no operator 15

                       18  Diving project plan to Safety Authority if requested               16

                       19  Updating diving project plan                                               16

                       20  Contents of diving project plan                                           16

                       21  No diving without approved diving project plan                      17

Part 4                    Involvement of divers and members of the workforce

                       22  Involvement of divers and members of the workforce in DSMS and diving project plan       18

Part 5                    Safety responsibilities

                       23  Safety responsibilities of diving contractors                         19

                       24  Safety in the diving area                                                    19

                       25  Diving depths                                                                   20

Part 6                    Diving supervisors

                       26  Appointment of diving supervisors                                       22

                       27  Duties of diving supervisors                                                22

Part 7                    Start-up notices

                       28  Start-up notice                                                                 25

Part 9                    Diving operations

                       30  Divers in diving operations                                                 27

                       31  Medical certificates                                                           28

Part 10                  Records

                       32  Diving operations record                                                    30

                       33  Divers’ log books                                                              32

Part 11                  Transitional provisions

Division 1                Preliminary

                       34  Definitions for Part 11                                                        34

Division 2                Diving Safety Management Systems

                       35  Existing DSMS remain in force                                          34

                       36  Documents to be given to Safety Authority                          34

                       37  Decisions to be made by Safety Authority                          35

                       38  Notices taken to be given by Safety Authority                     36

Division 3                Diving Project Plans

                       39  Existing diving project plans remain in force                        36

                       40  Diving project plans to be given to Safety Authority              36

                       41  Safety Authority to give operator diving project plan for approval in certain circumstances 37

Division 4                Other documents

                       42  Start-up notices to be given to Safety Authority                   38

Notes                                                                                                          39

 


Part 1                 Preliminary

  

1              Name of Regulations [see Note 1]

                These Regulations are the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Diving Safety) Regulations 2002.

2              Commencement

                These Regulations commence on 27 May 2003.

3              Application

                These Regulations apply to a diving operation that is an offshore petroleum operation in Commonwealth waters.

4              Definitions

                In these Regulations:

accepted DSMS means a DSMS that has been accepted by the Safety Authority under regulation 9 or 10.

Act means the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967.

ADAS means the Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme administered by the Board of the Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme on behalf of the Department.

AS/NZS, followed by a number, means the Australian and New Zealand Standard of that number, as existing from time to time.

Commonwealth waters has the meaning given by section 150XB of the Act.

Note   In section 150XB of the Act, the definition of Commonwealth waters refers to adjacent areas. Adjacent area is defined in subsection 5 (1) of the Act.

diving has the meaning given by regulation 5.

diving contractor means a person who enters into a contract to conduct a diving project.

diving operation means an offshore petroleum operation consisting of 1 or more dives.

diving project means an activity consisting of 1 or more diving operations.

DSMS means a diving safety management system.

facility means a facility described in clause 2 of Schedule 7 to the Act.

manned submersible craft means a craft that is designed to maintain its occupant, or some or all of its occupants, at or near atmospheric pressure while submerged (whether or not it is self-propelled, and whether or not it is supplied with breathing mixture by umbilical), including a craft in the form of a suit.

member of the workforce, in relation to a facility, has the meaning given by clause 2 of Schedule 7 to the Act.

offshore petroleum operations has the meaning given by section 150XB of the Act.

OHS inspector means a person appointed as an OHS inspector under section 150YL of the Act.

operator, for a diving project, means:

                (a)    if the facility associated with the project is a pipeline — the person registered as the operator of the pipeline under the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Pipelines) Regulations 2001;

               (b)    if the facility associated with the project is not a pipeline — the person registered as the operator of the facility under the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Management of Safety on Offshore Facilities) Regulations 1996.

pipeline means a pipeline to which subclause 2A (6) of Schedule 7 to the Act applies.

pipeline safety management plan has the meaning given in subregulation 4 (1) of the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Pipelines) Regulations 2001.

regulations means regulations made under the Act, including these Regulations.

Safety Authority has the meaning given by section 150XB of the Act.

Note   Section 150XD of the Act establishes the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority.

safety case means the document known as a safety case submitted to the Safety Authority under Part 3 of the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Management of Safety on Offshore Facilities) Regulations 1996.

Note   At the commencement of these Regulations, the Department is the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, the department administered by the Minister administering the Act. The Minister administering the Act may change. (See subsection 19A (3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.)

5              Meaning of diving

         (1)   For these Regulations:

                (a)    a person is diving if he or she:

                          (i)    is in a chamber inside which the ambient pressure is equal to or higher than the hydrostatic pressure at a depth of 1 metre in seawater (whether or not the chamber is submerged in water or another liquid); or

                         (ii)    is submerged in water or another liquid and his or her lungs are subjected to a pressure greater than atmospheric pressure (whether or not he or she is wearing a wetsuit or other protective clothing); or

                         (iii)    is in a manned submersible craft that is submerged in water or another liquid; and

               (b)    diving includes diving using a snorkel and diving without the use of any breathing apparatus.

         (2)   For these Regulations, diving does not include:

                (a)    diving using a snorkel for the purpose of conducting an environmental survey; or

               (b)    diving without the use of any breathing apparatus for that purpose.

6              When a diving operation begins and ends

                For these Regulations, a diving operation:

                (a)    begins when the diver, or first diver, who takes part in the operation starts to prepare to dive; and

               (b)    ends when the diver, or last diver, who takes part in the operation leaves the water or the chamber or environment in which the dive took place and has completed any necessary decompression procedures; and

                (c)    includes the time taken for therapeutic recompression if that is necessary.

Part 2                 Diving safety management systems

  

7              No diving without DSMS

         (1)   Before beginning diving work that forms part of a diving project, a diving contractor must:

                (a)    have a DSMS that is:

                          (i)    accepted; and

                         (ii)    current; and

               (b)    give the DSMS to the operator of the diving project.

Penalty:   50 penalty units.

         (2)   The operator of a diving project must not allow diving work, that forms part of the diving project, to begin if the diving contractor has not given to the operator a DSMS that is:

                (a)    accepted; and

               (b)    current.

Penalty:   100 penalty units.

         (3)   A diving contractor must not allow diving to continue on a diving project if the DSMS is no longer:

                (a)    accepted; and

               (b)    current.

Penalty:   50 penalty units.

         (4)   For this regulation, an accepted DSMS is current if:

                (a)    the DSMS has not been revised, or the acceptance of the DSMS has not been withdrawn, since its latest acceptance.

               (b)    it is not more than 5 years since its latest acceptance.

         (5)   Strict liability applies to subparagraphs (1) (a) (i) and (ii), paragraphs (2) (a) and (b) and paragraphs (3) (a) and (b).

Note   A person may consult the register mentioned in regulation 13 to find out if a DSMS is accepted and current.

8              Contents of DSMS

         (1)   A DSMS must meet the minimum standards set out in the Guidelines for complying with the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Diving Safety) Regulations 2002, as existing from time to time, published by the Safety Authority.

         (2)   A DSMS must provide for:

                (a)    all activities connected with a diving project; and

               (b)    the preparation of a diving project plan, in accordance with Part 3, for a project (including consultation with members of the workforce in the preparation of the plan) and the revision of the plan as necessary; and

                (c)    the continual and systematic identification of hazards related to a diving project; and

               (d)    the continual and systematic assessment of:

                          (i)    the likelihood of the occurrence, during normal or emergency situations, of injury or damage associated with those hazards; and

                         (ii)    the likely nature of any injury or damage; and

                (e)    the elimination of risks to persons involved with the project and associated work including:

                          (i)    risks arising during evacuation, escape and rescue in case of emergency; and

                         (ii)    risks to persons involved with the operation arising from equipment and hardware;

                        or the reduction of those risks to as low as reasonably practicable; and

                (f)    the inspection and maintenance of, and testing programs for, equipment and hardware integral to the control of those risks; and

                (g)    communications between persons involved in a diving project; and

                (h)    the performance standards that apply to the DSMS; and

                 (i)    a program of continuous improvement.

         (3)   A DSMS must:

                (a)    specify any standard or code of practice that is to be used in a diving project; and

               (b)    require the diving to be carried out in accordance with those standards or codes.

         (4)   A DSMS must contain:

                (a)    any information that is reasonably necessary to demonstrate that the DSMS complies with these Regulations; and

               (b)    a system for the management of change.

9              Acceptance of new DSMS

         (1)   If a diving contractor does not already have an accepted DSMS, the contractor must give a DSMS to the Safety Authority at least 60 days before a proposed diving project is expected to begin.

         (2)   Within 60 days after receiving the DSMS, the Safety Authority must notify the diving contractor that it:

                (a)    accepts the DSMS, subject to any conditions necessary in the interests of safety; or

               (b)    rejects the DSMS.

10            Acceptance of revised DSMS

         (1)   If a diving contractor has revised a DSMS, the contractor must give the revised DSMS to the Safety Authority.

         (2)   The Safety Authority must notify the diving contractor that the revised DSMS has been accepted or rejected within:

                (a)    28 days after receiving the revised DSMS; or

               (b)    another period agreed between the Safety Authority and the diving contractor.

11            Grounds for rejecting DSMS

                The Safety Authority must reject a DSMS if:

                (a)    the DSMS does not adequately comply with regulation 8; or

               (b)    the Safety Authority is not satisfied that there was consultation with divers and other members of the workforce in the preparation of the DSMS, as required by regulation 22.

12            Notice of reasons

         (1)   If the Safety Authority decides to reject a DSMS the Safety Authority must set out, in writing, with the notice mentioned in subregulation 9 (2) or 10 (2), the reasons for rejecting the DSMS.

         (2)   If the Safety Authority decides to impose conditions on a DSMS, the Safety Authority must set out, in writing, with the notice mentioned in subregulation 9 (2) or 10 (2), the reasons for imposing conditions on the DSMS.

13            Register of DSMSs

         (1)   The Safety Authority must keep a register of each DSMS and revised DSMS it receives, in a form that allows public access.

         (2)   The register must record as many of the following details as apply to the DSMS:

                (a)    the name of the diving contractor;

               (b)    the date of acceptance;

                (c)    any conditions on acceptance;

               (d)    the date of rejection;

                (e)    the date that acceptance was withdrawn;

                (f)    the date of any revision notice under regulation 15.

         (3)   The Safety Authority must also record on the register, the following details for each diving project plan it receives under regulation 17:

                (a)    the name of the diving contractor;

               (b)    the diving project to which the diving project plan applies;

                (c)    the proposed commencement date of the project;

               (d)    the date of receipt of the plan.

14            Revision of DSMS

                A diving contractor must revise a DSMS:

                (a)    if developments in scientific or technical knowledge, or in the assessment of hazards, relevant to diving projects make it appropriate to do so; and

               (b)    if the diving contractor proposes to make a significant change to the method of operation or to procedures or equipment; and

                (c)    if the Safety Authority gives notice in accordance with regulation 15; and

               (d)    if a number of minor changes result in the DSMS being significantly different from the latest version of the DSMS accepted by the Safety Authority; and

                (e)    at the end of each period of 5 years commencing on the later of:

                          (i)    the date when the DSMS is first accepted by the Safety Authority; and

                         (ii)    the date of the most recent acceptance by the Safety Authority of a revised version of the DSMS.

15            Notice to revise DSMS

         (1)   The Safety Authority may give notice (a revision notice) to a diving contractor to revise a DSMS.

         (2)   A revision notice must be in writing and must set out:

                (a)    the matters to be revised; and

               (b)    the time within which the revision must be completed; and

                (c)    the reasons why the revision is necessary.

         (3)   The diving contractor may make a submission in writing to the Safety Authority, within 21 days after receiving the notice or any longer period that the Safety Authority allows in writing, setting out the contractor’s reasons for any of the following:

                (a)    why the revision is not necessary;

               (b)    why the revision should be in different terms from those proposed;

                (c)    whether or not the contractor gives other reasons — why the notice should take effect on a later date than the date set out in the notice.

         (4)   If a contractor makes a submission under subregulation (3), the Designated Authority must, within 28 days after receiving the submission:

                (a)    decide whether the Safety Authority accepts the reasons in the submission; and

               (b)    give the contractor notice in writing affirming, varying or withdrawing the revision notice; and

                (c)    if the Safety Authority decides not to accept the reasons or any part of them — set out in this notice the grounds for not accepting them.

         (5)   The contractor must revise the DSMS, in accordance with the notice as originally given or as varied under subregulation (4), and submit it to the Safety Authority.

         (6)   If the contractor does not revise a DSMS when required by this regulation to do so, the Safety Authority may withdraw its acceptance of the DSMS or its agreement to the use of the DSMS for the project.

Part 3                 Diving project plans

  

16            Diving project plan to be approved

         (1)   This regulation applies if there is an operator for a diving project.

         (2)   The diving contractor must prepare a diving project plan for each diving project in consultation with the operator for the project.

         (3)   The diving project plan must be approved by the operator for the project before diving can commence on the project.

         (4)   The operator must not approve the diving project plan unless the operator is satisfied that:

                (a)    the plan complies with regulation 20; and

               (b)    there was effective consultation in the preparation of the plan, as required by regulation 22.

17            Diving project plan to Safety Authority if there is no operator

         (1)   This regulation applies if there is no operator for a diving project.

         (2)   The diving contractor must prepare a diving project plan for the diving project and give a copy of the plan to the Safety Authority.

         (3)   The Safety Authority must not accept the diving project plan unless it is satisfied that:

                (a)    the plan complies with regulation 20; and

               (b)    there was effective consultation in the preparation of the plan, as required by regulation 22.

18            Diving project plan to Safety Authority if requested

                If the Safety Authority asks the operator for a diving project for a copy of the diving project plan, the operator must give a copy of the plan to the Safety Authority.

19            Updating diving project plan

         (1)   A diving contractor for a diving project must keep the diving project plan for the project up to date during the project.

         (2)   The diving contractor must update the diving project plan if:

                (a)    because of modification of the project, there is a significant increase in the overall level of risk to a diving operation; or

               (b)    the operator for the project proposes to undertake or permit a modification of the project that might influence significantly the level of specific risks to a diving operation or the ranking of risk contributors.

         (3)   If there is no operator for a diving project and the diving project plan has been updated, the diving contractor must resubmit the updated plan to the Safety Authority for consideration.

20            Contents of diving project plan

         (1)   A diving project plan must set out the following matters:

                (a)    a description of the work to be done;

               (b)    a list of the Commonwealth, and State or Territory, legislation (including these Regulations) that the diving contractor considers applies to the project;

                (c)    a list of standards and codes of practice that will be applied in carrying out the project.

               (d)    a hazard identification;

                (e)    a risk assessment;

                (f)    a safety management plan;

                (g)    job hazard analyses for the diving operations;

                (h)    an emergency response plan;

                 (i)    the provisions of the DSMS and the Safety Case or the pipeline safety management plan that are relevant to the diving project, in particular the arrangements in the DSMS and the Safety Case or the pipeline safety management plan for simultaneous operations and emergency response;

                (j)    details of consultation with divers and other members of the workforce working on the project.

         (2)   The diving project plan must describe each diving operation that is part of the diving project.

         (3)   The diving project plan must not specify as a diving operation a task that is too complex, or too big, to be supervised safely by 1 supervisor.

         (4)   The diving project plan must provide for adequate communications between persons undertaking the project and any relevant:

                (a)    contractor; and

               (b)    facility; and

                (c)    vessel or aircraft; and

               (d)    on-shore installation.

21            No diving without approved diving project plan

         (1)   A diving contractor for a project must not allow a person to dive on the project if:

                (a)    there is no diving project plan for the project; or

               (b)    the diving project plan has not been approved by the operator or accepted by the Safety Authority if there is no operator.

Penalty:   50 penalty units.

         (2)   Strict liability applies to paragraphs (1) (a) and (b).

Part 4                 Involvement of divers and members of the workforce

  

22            Involvement of divers and members of the workforce in DSMS and diving project plan

         (1)   In developing or revising a DSMS or diving project plan, a diving contractor must ensure that there is effective consultation with, and participation of, divers and other members of the workforce who will, or may be, working on:

                (a)    the project; or

               (b)    in the case of a DSMS — projects for which the DSMS would be appropriate.

         (2)   When submitting a DSMS to the Safety Authority for acceptance, the diving contractor must set out in writing, details of the consultation that has taken place, including:

                (a)    submissions or comments made during the consultation; and

               (b)    any changes that have been made to the DSMS as a result of the consultation.

Part 5                 Safety responsibilities

  

23            Safety responsibilities of diving contractors

         (1)   A diving contractor must take all necessary steps to provide and maintain a working environment (including equipment and systems of work) that reduces risks to the safety and health of divers and other members of the workforce to as low as reasonably practicable.

Penalty:   50 penalty units.

         (2)   A diving contractor must take all necessary steps to ensure that a diving operation for which the diving contractor is responsible is carried out in a way that complies with the accepted DSMS for the project.

Penalty:   50 penalty units.

         (3)   Strict liability applies to subregulation (2).

24            Safety in the diving area

         (1)   At each place of diving, before the diving operation begins, the diving contractor must make available a copy of:

                (a)    the instrument by which the diving supervisor was appointed; and

               (b)    the DSMS; and

                (c)    the diving project plan that relates to the operation.

Penalty:   10 penalty units.

         (2)   A person engaged in a diving operation must comply with:

                (a)    an instruction given by a diving supervisor for the diving operation about a matter in the diving project plan; and

               (b)    a direction under subregulation 27 (3) given to the person by a diving supervisor for the diving operation.

Penalty:   10 penalty units.

         (3)   Strict liability applies to subregulations (1) and (2).

25            Diving depths

         (1)   The operator for a surface-oriented diving operation, involving the use of air or mixed gas as a breathing medium, must not allow the operation to be carried out at a depth of more than 50 metres.

Penalty:   100 penalty units.

Note   Section 10.3 of the Criminal Code provides a defence of sudden or extraordinary emergency.

         (2)   The diving contractor for a surface-oriented diving operation, involving the use of air or mixed gas as a breathing medium, must not allow the operation to be carried out at a depth of more than 50 metres.

Penalty:   50 penalty units.

Note   Section 10.3 of the Criminal Code provides a defence of sudden or extraordinary emergency.

         (3)   The operator for a diving operation that is carried out at a depth of more than 50 metres must ensure that the diving operation involves the use of:

                (a)    a closed diving bell and a suitable mixed gas breathing medium; or

               (b)    a manned submersible craft.

Penalty:   100 penalty units.

Note   Section 10.3 of the Criminal Code provides a defence of sudden or extraordinary emergency.

         (4)   The diving contractor for a diving operation that is carried out at a depth of more than 50 metres must ensure that the diving operation involves the use of:

                (a)    a closed diving bell and a suitable mixed gas breathing medium; or

               (b)    a manned submersible craft.

Penalty:   50 penalty units.

Note   Section 10.3 of the Criminal Code provides a defence of sudden or extraordinary emergency.

Part 6                 Diving supervisors

  

26            Appointment of diving supervisors

         (1)   The diving contractor responsible for a diving operation must appoint, in writing, 1 or more diving supervisors to ensure that there is a diving supervisor to supervise all diving that is carried out as part of the operation.

Penalty:   20 penalty units.

Note   Subregulation 20 (3) limits the scope of a diving operation that can be supervised by 1 diving supervisor.

         (2)   A diving contractor must not appoint, as a diving supervisor, a person who is not:

                (a)    qualified as a supervisor under ADAS; and

               (b)    competent to supervise the operation.

Penalty:   20 penalty units.

         (3)   Strict liability applies to subregulation (2).

27            Duties of diving supervisors

         (1)   The duties of a diving supervisor for a diving operation are:

                (a)    to ensure that the diving operation is carried out:

                          (i)    as far as reasonably practicable without risk to the health or safety of anybody taking part in it or of anyone else who may be affected by it; and

                         (ii)    in accordance with the law; and

                         (iii)    in accordance with the accepted DSMS for the operation; and

                        (iv)    in accordance with the relevant diving project plan; and

               (b)    to countersign entries about the operation in divers’ log books; and

                (c)    if there is an operator for the diving project — to report to the operator, during the operation, any of the following:

                          (i)    the death of, or serious personal injury to, a person;

                         (ii)    the incapacitation of a person that prevents the person from performing work for a period of 3 or more days;

                         (iii)    an event that could reasonably have led to a consequence of the type mentioned in subparagraph (i) or (ii);

                        (iv)    a decompression illness;

                         (v)    a pulmonary barotrauma;

                        (vi)    a case of omitted decompression;

                        (vii)    an occurrence for which the standby diver is deployed for an emergency, except for the purposes of training, exercises or drills;

                       (viii)    a failure of life support equipment or man riding equipment.

               (d)    In this regulation, man riding equipment includes any of the following:

                          (i)    an air stage;

                         (ii)    a wet bell;

                         (iii)    a closed bell;

                        (iv)    a guide wire system.

Note 1   If there is no operator for a diving project, State or Northern Territory laws, as applied by section 9 or 11 of the Act, may require the reporting of accidents and incidents.

Note 2   Regulation 32 requires a diving supervisor to maintain a diving operations record.

         (2)   A diving supervisor who fails to carry out a duty imposed on him or her by subregulation (1) is guilty of an offence.

Penalty:   20 penalty units.

         (3)   A diving supervisor, when supervising a diving operation, may give such reasonable directions to any person taking part in the operation as are necessary to enable the diving supervisor to comply with subparagraph (1) (a) (i).

         (4)   A diving supervisor must not dive while he or she is on duty as diving supervisor.

Penalty:   20 penalty units.

Note   Section 10.3 of the Criminal Code provides a defence of sudden or extraordinary emergency.

         (5)   A diving supervisor for a diving operation must tell each person who takes part in the operation any instruction, in the diving project plan for the operation, that applies to the person.

Penalty:   20 penalty units.

Part 7                 Start-up notices

  

28            Start-up notice

         (1)   In this regulation:

start-up notice, for a diving project, means a written notice, signed by or for the person giving it, dated and containing the following information:

                (a)    the name, address and telephone number of the diving contractor for the project;

               (b)    the name, address and telephone number of a person who can be contacted by the Safety Authority at any time during the project;

                (c)    the date when diving is expected to begin;

               (d)    the expected duration of the project;

                (e)    the location of the project;

                (f)    the depth to which divers will dive;

                (g)    the purpose of the diving project;

                (h)    the estimated number of people to be engaged in the project;

                 (i)    the breathing mixture to be used;

                (j)    the title, document number and revision number of the diving project plan for the project.

         (2)   The operator for a diving project must not allow diving on the project to begin if the operator has not given a start-up notice to the Safety Authority:

                (a)    at least 14 days before the day when diving is to begin; or

               (b)    on another day as agreed between the Safety Authority and the operator.

Penalty:   100 penalty units.

         (3)   If there is no operator for a diving project, the diving contractor must not allow diving on the project to begin if the diving contractor has not given a start-up notice to the Safety Authority:

                (a)    at least 14 days before the day when diving is to begin; or

               (b)    on another day as agreed between the Safety Authority and the diving contractor.

Penalty:   50 penalty units.

Part 9                 Diving operations

  

30            Divers in diving operations

         (1)   A diving contractor for a diving operation must not allow a person to dive in the diving operation if the person is not competent to carry out safely any activity that is reasonably likely to be necessary while the person is taking part in the operation.

Penalty:   50 penalty units.

         (2)   A diving supervisor for a diving operation must not allow a person to dive in the diving operation if the person is not competent to carry out safely any activity that is reasonably likely to be necessary while the person is taking part in the operation.

Penalty:   20 penalty units.

         (3)   A diving contractor for a diving operation must not allow a person to dive in the diving operation if the person does not have a current diving qualification under ADAS to carry out any activity that is reasonably likely to be necessary while the person is taking part in the operation.

Penalty:   50 penalty units.

         (4)   A diving supervisor for a diving operation must not allow a person to dive in the diving operation if the person does not have a current diving qualification under ADAS to carry out any activity that is reasonably likely to be necessary while the person is taking part in the operation.

Penalty:   20 penalty units.

         (5)   A diving contractor for a diving operation must not allow a person to dive in the diving operation if the person does not have a valid medical certificate.

Penalty:   50 penalty units.

Note   For the meaning of valid medical certificate see regulation 31.

         (6)   A diving supervisor for a diving operation must not allow a person to dive in the diving operation if the person does not have a valid medical certificate.

Penalty:   20 penalty units.

Note   For the meaning of valid medical certificate see regulation 31.

         (7)   Subregulations (3), (4), (5) and (6) do not apply if the person:

                (a)    is diving in a manned submersible craft; or

               (b)    is diving to provide emergency medical care to an injured person in a chamber.

         (8)   Strict liability applies to the circumstance in subregulations (3), and (4) that the person does not have a current diving qualification under ADAS.

         (9)   Strict liability applies to the circumstance in subregulations (5) and (6) that the person does not have a valid medical certificate.

31            Medical certificates

         (1)   A diver’s medical certificate is valid if it satisfies subregulation (2) or (3).

         (2)   A diver’s medical certificate satisfies this subregulation if:

                (a)    it certifies that, at the time it was given, the diver was fit to dive in accordance with the fitness requirements in AS/NZS 2299; and

               (b)    it is not more than 1 year old; and

                (c)    the medical practitioner who gave it:

                          (i)    is accredited by the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society, the Health and Safety Executive of the United Kingdom or the Underwater Hyperbaric Medicine Society; or

                         (ii)    has completed an appropriate course of training conducted by the Royal Australian Navy or the Royal Adelaide Hospital; or

                         (iii)    has been approved under the Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme; and

               (d)    before giving it, the medical practitioner examined the diver in accordance with the Schedule of Minimum Examination Requirements in AS/NZS 2299; and

                (e)    immediately after the examination, the medical practitioner entered the certificate in the diver’s log book.

         (3)   A diver’s medical certificate satisfies this subregulation if it is valid for the United Kingdom under any law of the United Kingdom relating to the medical fitness of persons employed as divers.

Note   At present, the relevant law for the United Kingdom is regulation 15 of the Diving at Work Regulations 1997.

Part 10               Records

  

32            Diving operations record

         (1)   A diving supervisor for a diving operation must ensure that a diving operations record for the operation is maintained in the form required by subregulations (2) and (3).

Penalty:   50 penalty units.

         (2)   A diving operations record:

                (a)    must be kept in a hard-covered form bound in such a way that its pages cannot easily be removed; or

               (b)    if it is in a form that has multiple copies of each page, must be bound so that at least 1 copy of each page cannot easily be removed.

         (3)   The pages of a diving operations record must be serially numbered.

         (4)   The diving supervisor for a diving operation must ensure that an entry is made in the diving operations record for each day when diving for the operation takes place, with the following information about the diving operation on that day:

                (a)    the date to which the entry relates;

               (b)    the diving contractor’s name and address;

                (c)    the name of the diving supervisor, or the names of the diving supervisors, who supervised the operation;

               (d)    the location of the diving operation (including, if the diving was done from a vessel or installation, its name);

                (e)    the name of each person who took part in the operation (whether as a diver or as a member of a dive team);

                (f)    the name of each person who took part as a diver or stand-by diver in the operation;

                (g)    the purpose of the diving operation;

                (h)    for each diver — the breathing apparatus and breathing mixture used;

                 (i)    for each diver — the times at which the diver left the surface, reached the bottom, left the bottom and arrived at the surface again, and bottom time;

                (j)    for each diver — the maximum depth reached;

               (k)    the decompression schedule followed including, for each diver, details of the depths and the duration at each depth during decompression;

                 (l)    details of any emergency or incident of special note that happened during the operation;

               (m)    details of any decompression illness and any treatment given;

                (n)    details of any significant defect or significant failure of diving plant or equipment used in the operation;

               (o)    details of any environmental factors relevant to the operation;

               (p)    anything else that is likely to affect the health or safety of anybody who took part in the operation.

Penalty:   10 penalty units.

         (5)   A diving supervisor responsible for a diving operation must sign:

                (a)    either:

                          (i)    if the record is in a form that has multiple copies of each page — the original of each page of each entry; or

                         (ii)    in any other case — each page of each entry; or

               (b)    if there are 2 or more diving supervisors for the operation — those parts of the entry that relate to diving work that he or she supervised;

in the diving operations record for the operation and must print his or her name below the signature.

Penalty:   10 penalty units.

         (6)   A diving contractor must keep a diving operations record for at least 7 years after the last entry in it.

Penalty:   5 penalty units.

33            Divers’ log books

         (1)   A diver must:

                (a)    have a log book in the form required by subregulation (2); and

               (b)    for each time he or she dives:

                          (i)    make an entry in the log book, in ink, as required by subregulation (3); and

                         (ii)    sign the entry; and

                         (iii)    have the diving supervisor for the operation countersign the entry; and

                (c)    keep the log book for at least 7 years after the date of the last entry in it.

Penalty:   5 penalty units.

         (2)   The log book must:

                (a)    have hard covers; and

               (b)    be bound so that pages cannot easily be removed; and

                (c)    have its pages serially numbered; and

               (d)    show the diver’s name; and

                (e)    have a clear photograph of the head and shoulders of the diver; and

                (f)    have a specimen of the diver’s signature.

         (3)   An entry in the log book must contain the following information:

                (a)    the date to which the entry relates;

               (b)    the location of the dive (and, if the dive was from a ship or installation, the name of the ship or installation);

                (c)    the maximum depth reached;

               (d)    the times at which the diver left the surface, reached the bottom, left the bottom and arrived at the surface again, and bottom time;

                (e)    the breathing apparatus and breathing mixture used;

                (f)    the decompression schedule followed;

                (g)    the work done and the plant and tools used;

                (h)    any decompression illness, barotrauma, discomfort or injury and details of any treatment given;

                 (i)    details of any emergency or incident;

                (j)    anything else relevant to the diver’s health or safety.

         (4)   Strict liability applies to subregulation (1).

Part 11               Transitional provisions

Division 1              Preliminary

34            Definitions for Part 11

                In this Part:

Designated Authority has the same meaning as in section 14 of the Act.

old Regulations means these Regulations as in force immediately before the commencement of this Part.

Division 2              Diving Safety Management Systems

35            Existing DSMS remain in force

                A DSMS that was accepted by a Designated Authority before 1 January 2005, and is in force on that date, is taken to be a DSMS that was accepted by the Safety Authority on the date that it was accepted by the Designated Authority.

36            Documents to be given to Safety Authority

         (1)   A Designated Authority must give to the Safety Authority the following documents and records:

                (a)    a copy of the register of each DSMS and revised DSMS kept by the Designated Authority, under regulation 13 of the old Regulations;

               (b)    copies of any:

                          (i)    notices given to the diving contractor, under subregulation 9 (2) or 10 (2) of the old Regulations; and

                         (ii)    reasons given with the notices, under regulation 12 of the old Regulations;

                (c)    a copy of a DSMS or revised DSMS submitted before 1 January 2005 for acceptance, under regulation 9 or 10 of the old Regulations, in relation to which the Designated Authority has not made a decision;

               (d)    a copy of a revision notice given before 1 January 2005 to a diving contractor, under subregulation 15 (1) of the old Regulations, in relation to which the processes under regulation 15 of the old Regulations have not been completed; and

                (e)    a copy of a submission made before 1 January 2005 by a diving contractor, under subregulation 15 (3) of the old Regulations, in relation to which the processes under regulation 15 of the old Regulations have not been completed; and

                (f)    a copy of any notice given before 1 January 2005 to a diving contractor, under paragraph 15 (4) (b) or (c) of the old Regulations, in relation to which the processes under regulation 15 of the old Regulations have not been completed.

         (2)   Before giving the records or documents mentioned in subregulation (1) to the Safety Authority, a Designated Authority must consult with the Safety Authority about what is to be given.

37            Decisions to be made by Safety Authority

         (1)   If a DSMS or revised DSMS has been submitted for acceptance before 1 January 2005 and no decision has been made on the DSMS or revised DSMS, the Safety Authority must make a decision:

                (a)    under subregulation 9 (2) for a DSMS — before 28 February 2005; and

               (b)    under subregulation 10 (2) for a revised DSMS — before 28 January 2005.

         (2)   If a diving contractor has made a submission under subregulation 15 (3) of the old Regulations before 1 January 2005, and the Designated Authority has not given the contractor a notice under paragraph 15 (4) (b) of the old Regulations, the Safety Authority must, before 28 January 2005:

                (a)    make a decision under paragraph 15 (4) (a); and

               (b)    give the contractor a notice under paragraph 15 (4) (b).

38            Notices taken to be given by Safety Authority

                The following notices given to a diving contractor by a Designated Authority are taken to be notices given by the Safety Authority on the date that they were given to the diving contractor by the Designated Authority:

                (a)    a revision notice under subregulation 15 (1) of the old Regulations;

               (b)    a notice under subregulation 15 (4) of the old Regulations.

Division 3              Diving Project Plans

39            Existing diving project plans remain in force

                A diving project plan that was accepted by a Designated Authority before 1 January 2005, and is in force on that date, is taken to be a diving project plan that was accepted by the Safety Authority on the date that it was accepted by the Designated Authority.

40            Diving project plans to be given to Safety Authority

         (1)   The Designated Authority must give to the Safety Authority, as soon as practicable after 1 January 2005, a copy of each diving project plan it received under regulation 17 or 18 of the old Regulations (other than those relating to diving projects that are completed).

         (2)   The Designated Authority must indicate on each diving project plan received under regulation 17 of the old Regulations whether it has:

                (a)    accepted the plan; or

               (b)    rejected the plan; or

                (c)    not yet made a decision to accept or reject the plan.

         (3)   For a diving project plan mentioned in paragraph (2) (c), the Safety Authority must:

                (a)    if there is no operator for the diving project after 1 January 2005 — make a decision to accept or reject the plan; or

               (b)    if there is an operator for the diving project after 1 January 2005 — give a copy of the plan to the operator for approval.

         (4)   If a Designated Authority has asked for a copy of a diving project plan under regulation 18 of the old Regulations, and the operator has not complied with the request, the request continues to operate after 1 January 2005 as if the request had been made by the Safety Authority on the date that the Designated Authority made the request.

41            Safety Authority to give operator diving project plan for approval in certain circumstances

         (1)   This regulation applies to a diving project plan:

                (a)    that has been accepted by:

                          (i)    the Designated Authority before 1 January 2005; or

                         (ii)    the Safety Authority on or after 1 January 2005 under paragraph 40 (3) (a); and

               (b)    in relation to which there is an operator registered between 1 January 2005 and the date the diving project is completed; and

                (c)    in relation to which, according to the start-up notice, the diving project is expected to continue for not less than 4 weeks.

         (2)   For a diving project plan mentioned in subregulation (1), the Safety Authority must give a copy of the plan to the operator for approval.

         (3)   The operator must approve or reject the diving project plan not later than 2 weeks after receiving the plan from the Safety Authority.

         (4)   A diving contractor for a diving project mentioned in subregulation (1) must not allow a person to dive on the project if the operator has not approved the diving project plan.

Penalty:   50 penalty units.

Division 4              Other documents

42            Start-up notices to be given to Safety Authority

                The Designated Authority must give to the Safety Authority, as soon as practicable after 1 January 2005, a copy of each start-up notice received under regulation 28 of the old Regulations (other than those relating to diving projects that are completed).


Notes to the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Diving Safety) Regulations 2002

Note 1

The Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Diving Safety) Regulations 2002 (in force under the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967) as shown in this compilation comprise Statutory Rules 2002 No. 300 amended as indicated in the Tables below.

Table of Statutory Rules

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number

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Application, saving or
transitional provisions

2002 No. 300

4 Dec 2002

27 May 2003

 

2004 No. 271

26 Aug 2004

1 Jan 2005

Table of Amendments

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