Developing a culture of safety in scientific diving programs

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Title: Developing a culture of safety in scientific diving programs
Author: Hodges, V; Walker, JM
Abstract: A set of defined and time-tested safety standards is an obvious asset towards maximizing the protection of scientific divers from accidental injury or illness. What may not be as well understood is the impact that culture plays on the safety of divers. Diving Safety Officers can implement safety standards, train in rescue techniques and provide dive plans and checklists but if divers fail to use them, fail to take responsibility for safety or become complacent, accidents can occur. This paper explores how a culture of diving safety can be a potent accident prevention mechanism, how such a culture can be developed in a scientific diving program and some of the tools and techniques that may be useful for dive program managers.
Description: American Academy of Underwater Sciences (http://www.aaus.org/)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/10430
Date: 2013

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