History of US GOM DSWG
The idea of the Diver Safety Workgroup had been discussed, but the initial meeting to get things started was held on December 8, 2011, where a steering team was formed.
- The Executive Board members were nominated and elected in February of 2012 and began getting the by-laws and regular meetings in place.
- First Public announcement of formation of the DSWG at the Gulf of Mexico Decommissioning conference in Houston
- The by-laws were accepted by the general membership in June 2012.
- Article written about the formation of the DSWG in the May 2012 edition of Underwater Magazine
- Created survey to identify areas for improvement and clarification within the commercial diving community
- Identified and created working subcommittees to provide feedback to the group and to publish guidelines for the activities:
- Since the creation of the subcommittees, documents have been published for the following activities:
Live Boating Operations
Underwater Burning Operations
Underwater Lift Bag Guidelines
Emergency Response and Procedures
Underwater Excavation Operations
Hyperbaric Evacuation System Planning Rev 1
Company Representative Committee
Safe Manning Levels for Commercial Diving in the US Gulf of Mexico
- Currently there is 1 working subcommittee reviewing the following activities:
Emergency Drills and Procedures
- Provided feedback to IMCA regarding the use of universal mating flanges on HRC's, Bell's, and HRF's.
- Provided feedback to IMCA regarding the revision to D023 and D024
- Presentation about the DSWG given at the Louisiana Pipeliners Meeting in October 2012
- Presentation and Discussion Panel at the Houston Decommissioning Conference in 2013 and 2014
- Provided a document on Live Boating to NOSAC for use for the advisory committee on Live Boating operations
- Met with the United States Coast guard to provide assistance and feedback regarding commercial diving operations in the United States Gulf of Mexico
- Facilitated a symposium at 2015 Underwater Intervention on Lionfish migratory habits and safe interaction between them and commercial divers
- DSWG is continuing to generate interest and there is a continual growth in general and affiliate membership.
There are No Dues or other Fees to join the US Gulf of Mexico Diving Safety Work Group.
The only thing that we ask for is your time and commitment to providing a safe environment for commercial diving activities.