Survey of Current Best Practices for Diving in Contaminated Water

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Survey of Current Best Practices for Diving in Contaminated Water

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Title: Survey of Current Best Practices for Diving in Contaminated Water
Author: Steigleman, WA
Abstract: The Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) conducted a worldwide survey of commercial, governmental, and military diving organizations to provide guidelines for U.S. Navy divers operating in contaminated water. This survey attempted to identify the current best practices and equipment for diving in contaminated water, including personal protective equipment as well as hazard identification, diver training, and decontamination practices. This survey was conducted via telephone interviews and followed a script of questions (Appendix A) developed with input from experienced divers and Diving Medical Officers at NEDU. Survey participants are listed in Appendix B. Commercial survey participants were selected through Internet-based searches for operators advertising that they performed contaminated water diving operations and through referrals from Ross Saxon, Ph.D., President of the Association of Diving Contractors. Domestic government agencies were selected because of their involvement with diving in contaminated water. International Navy and governmental contacts were limited, mainly because NAVSEA had recently requested and received information about diving in contaminated water from a variety of international agencies. The majority of these responses were general in nature. Most participants reported contaminated water diving in sewer operations. Some reported missions were in industrial sites - holding ponds, cooling tanks, etc. Few respondents reported having nuclear power plant diving experience.
Description: Citation Status: Active; Citation Classification: Unclassified; Title Classification: Unclassified; Report Classification: Unclassified; Identifier Classification: Unclassified; Abstract Classification: Unclassified; Distribution Limitation(s): 01 - APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE; Information provided by the Department of Defense and the Defense Technical Information Center (http://www.dtic.mil/) is considered public information and may be distributed or copied unless otherwise specified. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/3307
Date: 2002

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