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The Diving at Work Regulations 1997

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Duties of and restrictions on divers

12.—(1) No diver shall dive in a diving project unless he—

(a)has, subject to paragraph (2), an approved qualification which is valid for any activity he may reasonably expect to carry out while taking part in the diving project; and

(b)has a valid certificate of medical fitness to dive.

(2) Sub-paragraph (a) of paragraph (1) shall not apply to a diver who dives—

(a)as a part of training which, if successfully completed, would lead to the issue of an approved qualification;

(b)only by virtue of entering a chamber in order to provide emergency medical treatment; or

(c)as an actor or performer taking part in a live performance or the recording of a performance other than a person whose work normally involves work as a diver.

(3) Every diver engaged in a diving project shall—

(a)maintain a daily record of his diving; and

(b)keep that record in his possession for at least two years after the date of the last entry in it.

(4) Paragraphs (1)(a) and (3) shall not apply to a diver, other than a person whose work normally involves work as a diver, who dives for educational purposes in a tank or pool artificially constructed for the purpose of swimming or diving and who uses self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.

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