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Code of Practice

Diving Regulations, 2009

Code of Practice for Inshore Diving

1. Introduction

1.5 Work covered by the code


This Code is intended to provide advice and guidance in respect of inland/inshore diving operations carried out in South Africa, and specifically covers diving operations conducted in support of inland, inshore, civil or harbour works.


1.5.1 Exclusions


This code does not cover diving practices using Class V and Class VI divers, nor does it cover diving using mixed gas at depths greater than 50m, closed bell or saturation diving techniques, offshore diving practices or underwater mining operations.


1.5.2 Alternatives


(a) Scientific diving operations using divers other than Class V and Class VI is covered by the Code of Practice for Scientific Diving, but may be conducted according to this code at the option of the Client or Contractor.
(b) Diving practices using Class V divers for the purposes of scientific diving to a maximum depth of 20 meters is covered by the Code of Practice for Scientific Diving.
(c) Diving practices using Class VI divers, for the purposes of diving in benign conditions, is covered by the Code of Practice for Diving in Benign Conditions.
(d) Diving using mixed gas below 50 metres, closed bell, saturation diving techniques and offshore diving practices, including diving work in the oil and gas industry is covered in the Code of Practice for Offshore Diving (IMCA?).
(e) Commercial and scientific diver training is conducted according to the Code of Practice for Commercial Diver Training
(f) Underwater mining operations are covered in the Underwater Mining Regulations under the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 and the guideline for the compilation of a mandatory code of practice for inshore underwater mining.