The State Government has announced the establishment of a Commission for Occupational Safety and Health Diving Working Group to make recommendations about safety measures for the occupational diving industry.
The Diving Working Group will prepare a Code of Practice for Occupational Diving in Western Australia for all aspects of diving covered under existing State occupational health and safety legislation.
The Commission approved the Diving Working Group's terms of reference this morning. The role of the Diving Working Group is to:
1. Draft a Code of Practice for Occupational Diving for Western Australia.
2. Establish in the code of practice - risk management principles which apply to all aspects of occupational diving regardless of industry.
3. Detail specific diving industries in the code of practice;
- pearling; and
- any other area of diving considered relevant.
4. Consider and report on the need for supplementary education and guidance materials relating to occupational diving.
5. Consult with occupational diving industries, unions, relevant persons and experts on the structure and detail necessary to comprise a Western Australian Code of Practice for Occupational Diving.
6. Regularly report on developments to the Commission for Occupational Safety and Health.
7. Make a recommendation to the Minister on the Western Australian Code of Practice for Occupational Diving.
The Commission has proposed member representation appropriate to the structure of the working group to enable nominations to be called.
Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston:
"The Commission working party will consult widely and extensively with the diving industry, relevant stakeholders and all interested parties to achieve safety across the broad range of diving business types.
"We seek leadership from the industry to determine a set of written practices that will promote safety and adhere to laws.
"We are aiming for final outcomes that will be accountable, workable, productive and fully endorsed by divers and the diving industry."
Minister's office - 6552 6700