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


Diving Regulations, 2009

7. Life-support technicians


1) No person may be registered as an assistant life-support technician or a Iife-support technician, unless that person complies with the requirements of the relevant training standards made under regulation 24(a).


2) A diving contractor must appoint a life-support technician with appropriate levels of experience and competency for a particular diving operation as a life-support supervisor.


3) No life-support technician may be appointed as the life-support supervisor for a diving operation unless that technician is registered in accordance with subregulation (1 ).


4) An appointment as a life support supervisor must be in writing.


5) A life-support technician must in respect of a diving operation in which he or she is involved-
a) perform the relevant duties and functions under the supervision of the life-support supervisor and follow instructions given to him or her by the life-support supervisor; and
b) ensure that a record is maintained in his or her logbook in accordance with Annexure A.


6) A life-support supervisor must in respect of a diving operation for which he or she has been appointed-
a) ensure that it is carried out as far as it is reasonably practicable---
i) without risk to the health and safety of all of those taking part in that operation and of any other person who may be affected thereby;
ii) in accordance with the requirements and prohibitions imposed on him or her by or under any relevant statutory provision; and
iii) in accordance with the diving project plan;
b) ensure before the commencement of the operation that each person taking part is aware of the contents of the diving project plan which relate to that operation;
c) ensure that the particulars, required by Annexure B are entered in the diving operations record and the saturation chamber record In the course of the diving operation; and
d) ensure that a record Is maintained In his or her logbook in accordance with Annexure A.


7) A life-support supervisor may. while supervising a diving operation in respect of which he or she has been appointed, give reasonable directions to any person taking part in that operation or who may affect the safety of that operation that are necessary to enable that person to comply with these Regulations.


8) A life-support technician must report for a medical examination to a designated medical practitioner at least once every 12 months.