Workplace&Diver_Safety

 

Within this document when we use the term ‘Diving’, we are referring to all activities from shore and boat snorkelling, scuba diving to technical and cave diving. We support all these activities and believe with the proper conditions and training, all forms of diving can be carried out safely.

 

WHS Policy Statement

 

Dive Jervis Bay is committed to ensuring the safety of all staff, customers and visitors during dive operations, within the shop and while carrying out any activities in the workplace.


This includes ensuring that people are appropriately trained and certified to dive, medically fit to dive, that diving is conducted within appropriate conditions and that the equipment, including air provision, that is controlled by Dive Jervis Bay is regularly tested and maintained.

All persons diving, including staff are to read and sign an appropriate risk waiver and medical assessment as necessary.

 

Risk Management Statement

I, Morgan Andrews, Operations Manager and Director of MORCOR Pty Ltd t/a Dive Jervis Bay, am the Designated Person as per National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) and the WHS Act and associated Regulations.

 

I am also the principle controller of the premises.

 

I have conducted an assessment of risks associated with the Dive Shop and its commercial dive operations as per the requirements of the WHS Act.

The Staff and Crew of Dive Jervis Bay (known collectively as the Dive Crew), have had the opportunity to review and comment on the draft of this document, the Safety Management Systems for the boats, the Safe Work Method Statements and their feedback has been assessed and utilized as appropriate to form the final version.

 

Dive Jervis Bay’s risk assessment and management process is modelled on requirements of AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 and a risk register has been established to record identified risks and summarise measures taken to eliminate or effectively control them.

The outcome of the assessments are included in the Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) for the necessary operational tasks.

All current risks (At the time of writing) are recorded in the Boat Safety Management Systems, the store Safety Management System and make up the findings in the Diving Assessment of Risk. These have been individually assessed and controlled as possible and this process has been documented as part of our commitment to safety.

 

The on-going process for reporting hazards and incidents is included within the staff training processes document and is full accepted as a shared responsibility by all staff. This will form the basis of the on-going review process which will occur in response to any incident or near miss.

 

A formal review will be undertaken on an annual basis and be carried out in consultation with the Dive Crew as detailed within the Safety Management Systems for Dive Jervis Bay.

 

Morgan Andrews
Director / Operations Manager, Dive Jervis Bay 

 

Last Reviewed on 1 July 2022

1st Drafted January 2018.

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Within this document when we use the term ‘Diving’, we are referring to all activities from shore and boat snorkelling, scuba diving to technical and cave diving. We support all these activities and believe with the proper conditions and training, all forms of diving can be carried out safely.

Contents

1. WHS Policy Statement

2. Risk Management Statement

3. Diving Safety Management System - (Printable Copy)

4. Staff Training

5. Age Restrictions

6. Insurance Documentation - (Printable Copy)

 

WHS Policy Statement

Dive Jervis Bay is committed to ensuring the safety of all staff, customers and visitors during dive operations, within the shop and while carrying out any activities in the workplace.

This includes ensuring that people are appropriately trained and certified to dive, medically fit to dive, that diving is conducted within appropriate conditions and that the equipment, including air provision, that is controlled by Dive Jervis Bay is regularly tested and maintained.

All persons diving, including staff are to read and sign an appropriate risk waiver and medical assessment as necessary.

 

Risk Management Statement

I, Morgan Andrews, Operations Manager and Director of MORCOR Pty Ltd t/a Dive Jervis Bay, am the Designated Person as per National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) and the WHS Act and associated Regulations.

I am also the principle controller of the premises.

I have conducted an assessment of risks associated with the Dive Shop and its commercial dive operations as per the requirements of the WHS Act.

The Staff and Crew of Dive Jervis Bay (known collectively as the Dive Crew), have had the opportunity to review and comment on the draft of this document, the Safety Management Systems for the boats, the Safe Work Method Statements and their feedback has been assessed and utilized as appropriate to form the final version.

Dive Jervis Bay’s risk assessment and management process is modelled on requirements of AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 and a risk register has been established to record identified risks and summarise measures taken to eliminate or effectively control them.

The outcome of the assessments are included in the Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) for the necessary operational tasks.

All current risks (At the time of writing) are recorded in the Boat Safety Management Systems, the store Safety Management System and make up the findings in the Diving Assessment of Risk. These have been individually assessed and controlled as possible and this process has been documented as part of our commitment to safety.

The on-going process for reporting hazards and incidents is included within the staff training processes document and is full accepted as a shared responsibility by all staff. This will form the basis of the on-going review process which will occur in response to any incident or near miss.

A formal review will be undertaken on an annual basis and be carried out in consultation with the Dive Crew as detailed within the Safety Management Systems for Dive Jervis Bay

Morgan Andrews
Director / Operations Manager, Dive Jervis Bay 
Last Reviewed on 1 July 2022

1st Drafted January 2018.

 

DIVING SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (Printable Copy)

Reviewed July 2022

Task

Hazards

What are the risks

Activities and tasks

Reducing the Risks

ASSESS SITE BEFORE DIVING

  • Current
  • Surface Activity
  • Waves
  • Visibility
  • Marine Life
  • Underwater Infrastructure

Current and swell increase the potential for divers to become fatigued, swept from the dive site / operational area. Waves and Swell can force divers into walls or other impact points.

 Surface activity can lead to the potential for boat or prop strikes

Limited Visibility can lead to divers becoming lost, or unable to see each other.

Stings, Bites or cuts from marine life around the dive site

Any infrastructure or machinery underwater that can injure or stop a diver from surfacing.

  1. Dive Master is to conduct a review of conditions from the surface to ensure the safety of any divers before anyone enters the water.
  2. Dive Master is to ensure the site is suitable for the lowest qualified person diving.
  3. Skipper becomes the Surface Support Officer (SSO) if there is no other Dive Master on board.

If there is any indications of risks the Dive Master is to assess if the dive is to proceed at that location or instruct the skipper to move to another location if necessary

The Dive Master is to brief the surface support officer of any conditions that may need to be observed during the dive.

The SSO is to write any noted hazards and risks on the Dive Master Sheet before the dive commences.

PRE - ENTRY

  • Strike from Object
  • Slips trips and falls
  • Gear failures

 

Potential for weight belts, BCDs and other heavy items to fall onto people

Divers will be gearing up and moving around the boat with the potential for slipping or dropping of items such as belts and tanks

Failure to identify potential for gear failures underwater.

  1. Dive Masters are to issue weight belts / weights only when safe to do so
  2. Ensure that clients are gearing up as necessary
  3. Provide Dive Briefing on site
  4. Ensure that all divers are reminded of their individual requirements to conduct buddy checks and monitor their own dive plan
  5. Ensure that the area is prepped for diving, one ladder down (other up) mermaid line in place, Flag Up and Decent line in place if appropriate.

Weights to be issued one belt at a time. Only to be done in calm area.

On arrival provide dive briefing on the site.

Stress entry and exit procedures and remind all participants that we are in a Marine Park and to respect the animals, we are in there home.

Remind all divers to conduct buddy checks before moving to the entry area.

SSO to ensure dive flag/lights are on and active before divers enter the water. Mermaid lines or other assists are to be put into the water.

ENTRY

  • Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Drowning

Potential for Slips when moving to the water.

Potential for incorrect entry technique causing injury to diver

  1. Surface Support Officer (SSO) is to support the DM and aid and brief on entry as required
  2. SSO are to check air is turned on as Divers prepare to enter the water
  3. SSO to ensure and brief divers to do correct entry for conditions
  4. SSO is to check that the Diver is ok after entry and moves to the mermaid line before the next diver enters the water
  5. Record Dive Start time

Master / Skipper to assist divers on entry.

Dive Master to check and brief on Entry Technique as necessary

Check that the diver is OK before next diver enters

IN WATER SUPPORT

  • Missing Divers
  • Boats
  • Collision / grounding

Divers may drift or swim out of the dive site area.

Potential for boats that may enter the dive area

  1. Skipper acts as the Surface Support Officer and is to keep close watch on divers, from the boat for anything that may present a hazard.

If offshore / away from boat DM to carry a dive flag on a line.

Be prepared to recall divers if necessary. By repetitive revving of boat motors, or banging a weight on the side of the boat.

SURFACING AND EXIT

  • Boat / Surface Strikes

 

  • Slips Trips and Falls

Hits from items or boats on surface

Divers may take fins off too early

Divers may fall off the ladder

Divers may be swept off feet by waves or current if they are shore diving

  1. DM to observe the surface from below and surrounding area before ascent.
  2. Come up near a flag, the boat or surface float 
  3. Have Divers take off fins before exiting water 
  4. SSO to support the divers exiting and have them move or go to a safe area before taking off gear
  5. Skipper is to write the Exit Time and ensure all divers are up. (1st Count)

DM to lead divers to a safe surface area

Skipper / Surface Support Officer to warn off boats or surface hazards.

Ensure that divers approach the ladder or shore with their fins on.

Have them hand their fins up or remove them before exiting.

Make sure that other divers or people are not in the way.

AFTER DIVING

  • DCI / DCS

 

  • Slips Trips and Falls

 

  • Gear Failure / falling while changing tanks

Decompression Illness / Sickness

Injury from falling, slipping due to swell, water, or unstable uneven ground.

Hit or strikes from falling items equipment,

gear failure from changing tanks

  1. DM is to Record bottom time and maximum depth of the dive and ensure that all divers are present. (2nd Check)
  2. Ensure that all items are properly stowed 
  3. Check all gear and change tanks as appropriate

DM to check that all dive times are in normal parameters

Skipper / Surface Support Officer to assist DM as appropriate to store and change gear, preference is for customers to change their own.

Check all tanks after changing to make sure they are full

Record Surface Interval to ensure it is within normal dive parameters.

 

Staff Training

The Dive Crew is made up of all staff and contractors employed or retained by MORCOR Pty Ltd to conduct, organise and support Dive Operations.

All Dive Crew have specific responsibilities under the Safety Management System and as a result must be provided with appropriate training. All Dive Crew, receive the following training as part of their role:

  • AS 4005.2-2000 recreational dive supervisor qualification
  • ISO 24801-3: 2014 Recreational diving services – Requirements for the training of recreational SCUBA divers – Part 3: Level 3 – Dive leader
  • ISO 24802-1: 2014 Recreational diving services – Requirements for the training of SCUBA instructors – Part 1: Level 1
  • BSBWHS211 – Contribute to health and safety of self and others

Skippers are issued Certificates of Competency via AMSA and hold a minimum of a Certificate 2 in Marine Operations.

All staff who work for Dive Jervis Bay also recieve the following in house training:

  • Safety induction training for Shop Operations, Compressor Operations, and all Vessels
  • The SMS and in particular its emergency plans and SWMS.
  • First aid
  • Customer Service
  • Environmental Practices

The Dive Crew training program ensures:

  • The Dive Crew is capable of competently fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of the role.
  • That any extra training necessary to maintain currency of competency or respond to opportunities for improvement is identified and delivered.
  • The owner is responsible for ensuring the delivery of crew induction safety training and ongoing learning and development opportunities.
  • The Safe Working Method Statements (SWMS) of the vessel’s SMS and information in its emergency plans provide a basis for crew training for normal operations and identified emergency situations

 

Age Restrictions for Divers

The minimum age to undertake a trip on one of our Dive Boats is 8 years old. From 8 years children may take part in snorkelling and swimming activities from our boats.

From 10 years old qualified Junior Open Water Divers may dive to 12meters under direct supervision.

All children under 12 must always be supervised by a parent, teacher or guardian.

From 13 - 15 a child may be accompanied by any person with the permission of their parent /guardian.

At 15 they may be unaccompanied.

 

Insurance Documentation

Our insurance is through PADI Global, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, and we are covered for all aspects of diving and dive related activities to a maximum on a single claim of $20,000,000. All our Instructors and other Dive Professionals are also individually trained and covered through PADI as well, so that you know our Dive Crew has the best skills knowledge and competency to look after you and yours while diving at Jervis Bay.

Our insurance is renewed in September of each year.