TO ALL BRANCHES, CHAIRMAN. DIVING OFFICERS, SADS AND ALL MEMBERS
THE FOLLOWING IS FROM SO2 AT MAJ GRAIG RM
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Following recent close scrutiny of the policy in JSP 319 on Air Purity Standards for Sub-Aqua Diving (which all AT diving ought to have been following since it was issued), there has been identification of a common mis-practice concerning air purity standards. The HSE now demands that, since AT is considered to be “At Work”, the MOD must abide by the appropriate HSE direction. Following a meeting at HMS Temeraire last week, it was hoped that a realistic deadline for absolute imposition of the instructions would be extended, however, the RN Legal Department has ruled that the guidelines are extant and that we must abide by them wef 31 Jul.
To that end, this must now be rigorously enforced from that date. A number of actions are now required before any of the Sub-Aqua diving expeditions (that are deploying after 31 Jul) can be granted final authority by the AT Policy Office. As this is with almost immediate effect, all affected Sub-Aqua Expedition Leaders now need to do the following:
Ý. Contact the diving centre(s) from which the expedition will be sourcing their air-fills and
ask for their up-to-date Compressor Air Purity Certificate(s) to be faxed across. (This needs to be done immediately in the case of expeds BELIZEAN DIVIDE and DEEP BLUE). Regional ATIs may know of other upcoming expeds to whom these developments also apply that will need to be informed immediately.
Þ. On receipt of the Air Purity Cert(s), the Expedition Leader must then fax them throughto SO2AT/AT1 at HMS Temeraire who will then forward them to Nick Harrington (DSO(AT) at Fleet Diving HQ), either by e-mail (Copy Addressee) or by Fax to +44 (0)23 9222 4150. Once he is satisfied that the proposed Centre meets the Air Purity Standards required, he will give authority to SO2 AT to allow the Expedition Leader to continue to plan/execute the expedition.
ß. Exped Leaders must also arrange to pick up an Air Purity Test Kit from the Loan Poolat Bicester which they MUST take on the expedition with them (it weighs approx 2.5 kgs). The Test Kit will be loaned to the expedition free of charge; however, the expedition will regrettably need to fund the consumables for the testing. This will cost 㿔 for each test conducted. Exped Leaders (or, preferably, their exped SADS) should contact Nick Harrington on +44 (0)7795 012561 so that he can explain the testing regime and the operation of the equipment (this is reasonably simple). Provided that the Centre’s air passes the standard (highly probable in the case of all European and Egyptian Dive Centres) on the first test, no further testing will be required, provided there is no change in the compressor “circumstances”. Nick Harrington will explain further.
In due course, specific direction on all of this will be promulgated by the Superintendent of Diving, but this is unlikely to be before Sep.
Note: This is not optional; it is policy that must be carried out with immediate effect. If these instructions are not followed, the expedition will regrettably have to be cancelled. Any exped that goes ahead without carrying out the action detailed above will lose On Duty status, and the Crown Liability and funding support that goes with it.