The Assessment and Management of Risk in UK Scientific Diving at Work Operations.

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Title: The Assessment and Management of Risk in UK Scientific Diving at Work Operations.
Author: Sayer, M; Forbes, R
Abstract: In 1998 the United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive replaced a very prescriptive set of diving at work regulations with one that set minimum standards augmented through a series of risk assessment procedures. These assessments match the potential severity of outcome resulting from a particular hazard occurring against its likely occurrence in order to give a quantitative rating of risk. This account gives an overview of how risk management and risk assessment is integrated within the diving regulations presently governing UK scientific and archaeological diving at work operations. In addition it reviews the methods currently employed of assessing risk within diving operations and discusses methods of implementing those assessments to either modify or inform diving operations as a consequence. It also details some of the generic risks assessed for with the use of SCUBA and examines how the process of risk assessment in general is translated into effective methods for planning and executing diving operations. With a significant proportion of UK scientific diving projects being undertaken around the world, many of the aspects related to their planning will be common with operations undertaken by other diving sectors and nationalities.
Description: American Academy of Underwater Sciences (http://www.aaus.org/)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/8000
Date: 2006

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