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The Diving at Work Regulations 1997

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Duties of supervisor

10.—(1) The supervisor shall, in respect of the diving operation for which he has been appointed as supervisor—

(a)ensure that it is carried out, so far as is reasonably practicable—

(i)without risk to the health and safety of all those taking part in that operation and of other persons who may be affected thereby;

(ii)in accordance with the requirements and prohibitions imposed on him by or under any relevant statutory provisions; and

(iii)in accordance, where this would not conflict with either (i) or (ii) above, with the diving project plan; and

(b)before the commencement of the operation, ensure that each person taking part is aware of the contents of the diving project plan which relate to that operation; and

(c)enter in the diving operation record the particulars required by regulation 6(4) during the course of the operation.

(2) The supervisor shall not dive during the diving operation which he is supervising unless—

(a)either—

(i)he is guiding persons engaged in, or training persons to carry out or teach, recreational diving (and for this purpose recreational diving means diving which is carried out by a person for recreational purposes whilst he is not at work) and the persons taking part in the dive use only self-contained underwater breathing apparatus; or

(ii)the dive is for archaeological, educational or scientific purposes, takes place in a tank or pool artificially constructed for the purpose of swimming or diving and the persons taking part in the dive use only self-contained underwater breathing apparatus; and

(b)the supervisor can so dive without risk to the health and safety of those taking part in that operation and of other persons who may be affected thereby; and

(c)the diving project plan which relates to that operation specifically provides for the supervisor to so dive.

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