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Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993)

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Diving Regulations, 2009

15. Chamber operators and operation of chambers

 

1) No person may be registered as a chamber operator for diving operations and compressed air work operations, unless that person complies with the requirements of the relevant training standards made under regulation 24(a).

 

2) No person may operate a diving chamber-
a) in the case of the chamber being compressed with gas other than air, unless that person is registered as a life-support technician; or
b) in the case of the chamber being compressed with air, unless-
i) that person is registered as a class I diver or a class II diver and operate the chamber under the supervision of a class I diving supervisor or a class 1\ diving supervisor; or
ii) that person is registered as a chamber operator in accordance with subregulation (1) and operates the chamber under the supervision of-
aa) a class I diving supervisor;
bb) a class II diving supervisor;
cc) a class III diving supervisor registered as a chamber operator;
dd) a class IV diving supervisor registered as a chamber operator; or
ee) a hyperbaric operations supervisor registered as a chamber operator.

 

3) Before a chamber dive, a chamber operator must ensure that -
a) all the pre-dive chamber checks have been completed in accordance with the chamber checklists: and
b) the chamber dive will take place as far as it is reasonably practicable without risks to the health and safety of persons that will enter that chamber.

 

4) During a chamber dive a chamber operator must -
a) comply with any direction given to him or her by the supervisor for that operation; and
b) comply with any direction applicable to him or her in accordance with the diving project plan.

 

5) A chamber operator must-
a) maintain a record of the chamber dives in the chamber log in accordance with Annexure B; and
b) maintain a daily record in his or her logbook in accordance with Annexure A.

 

6) A chamber operator must report for a medical examination to a designated medical practitioner at least once every 12 months.