WSH Bulletin, 15 July 2020: Public Consultation for WSH Guidelines on Inland/Inshore Commercial Diving
15 July 2020, Ref: 2021034
Public Consultation for WSH Guidelines on Inland/Inshore Commercial Diving
Commercial diving is a hazardous occupation that has resulted in a number of fatal accidents over the years. In 2018, there was a spate of commercial diving incidents that prompted the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council and the Ministry of Manpower to organise a dialogue session with the commercial diving communities to share and exchange ideas on improving WSH within the sector. The dialogue session led to the formation of a workgroup comprising industry stakeholders including the Commercial Diving Association (Singapore), the Maritime Port Authority and the Singapore Maritime Academy being set up to review existing standards and to recommend safe diving practices.
Aligned with the WSH Council’s vision, the workgroup rigorously reviewed and revised the Technical Advisory for Inland/Inshore Commercial Diving Safety and Health to be in line with SS511:2018 Code of Practice for Diving at Work. The proposed WSH Guidelines on Inland/Inshore Commercial Diving will replace the Technical Advisory with an expanded coverage on common hazards encountered by divers, risk management process and suggested risk control measures. Emphasis is also placed on the need for a dive plan prior to work commencement and an emergency response plan.
The WSH Council would like to seek constructive inputs and suggestions from the industry prior to publication. The period of consultation is from 15 July to 14 August 2020.
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