Safety

Contaminated Water Diving Exercise

CONDIVEX provides helpful program for diving in contaminated waters BY LT REECE COMER, NAVFAC EXWC DIVE LOCKER Say the words “contaminated water,” and images of major worldwide disasters like the emergency response after Hurricane Katrina or the sinking of the Exxon Valdez come to mind. Although diving in these heavily contaminated areas is not necessarily an everyday occurrence, some degree of contamination and/or ...

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Drugs and Diving

BY TONY ALLEMAN, MD MPH The use of illicit drugs and even prescribed medication may have effects on the diver in a variety of ways. This article will cover many of the prescription medications and illicit drugs that may affect the commercial diver. Medications That Potentiate Oxygen Toxicity Narcotic analgesics, including fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, tramadol, meperidine, pentazocine, and propoxypheneDisplay footnote number:1,2,14 have the ...

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Whips and Avoiding Fits

This month, I thought that we would cover something that gets installed, and let’s face it, gets pretty ignored after that. Those little rubber hoses of joy, the bailout whips.

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Stay Up-to-date: ADCI Advisory Notices on COVID-19

March 24: This advisory notice is provided to stress the importance of stakeholders vetting secondhand information on guidance for the sanitization of commercial diving life support equipment.Recently, a diving contractor contacted the ADCI to verify an alleged guidance that OSHA/ADCI had issued, recommending the utilization of a diluted bleach mixture for post-dive cleaning of dive helmets. This is completely inaccurate, ...

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Steel Bridge Piling Repairs Using Underwater GFRP—A Case Study

Opened in 1985, the Carajás Railroad ranks as Brazil’s most efficient railway thanks to constant technology investments made by railway management. This 892-kilometer railway links the world’s largest open-air iron ore mine in Carajás to the Port of Ponta da Madeira, in São Luís (MA), Brazil transports 120 million tons of cargo and 350 thousand passengers per year.

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One-Way Valves

Whether they’re on a helmet, a surface control system or hose, one-way valves are one of the most critical components in your system.

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ADCI‘s New Guidelines for Underwater Ship Husbandry

It was in early 2014, that ADCI and IMCA held their Chapter and Section meetings in Kuala Lumpur. Mr. Nigel Lusby, with the Shell Center for Diving Excellence, presented at the hugely attended IMCA Asia Section Meeting on a rash of fatalities with the use of scuba while performing underwater ship husbandry (UWSH) on tanker vessels.

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Zippers and Seals

Zippers and seals. Typically the most abused parts of the dry suit. A dry suit is always a significant investment.

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Bail-Out Safety

Does your bail-out have an overpressure relief valve? An overpressure relief valve is considered essential for all bail-out regulators, yet few divers use them.

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Questions and Answers

This month, I thought that I would comment on some questions that seem to repeatedly come up in conversation.

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