Commercial divers know the dangers they face every time they enter the water. They are acutely aware of the risks and must be properly trained, certified and experienced to undertake the work in a safe and efficient manner. However, being in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and Diving Operations regulation (629/94) is also the responsibility of owners, employers and supervisors, as well as the workers. There are things you need to know before hiring a commercial diver.
Bill C-45 federally legislates the individual or business/property owner contracting the diving work also shares a legal responsibility. Did you know that failure to comply with the applicable laws can result in not only financial penalties, but also imprisonment? When hiring a commercial diver, know your legal responsibilities and make sure you follow these 3 steps.
- Ask about their business, including how long they have been in business. In addition to a list of references, they should also be able to provide you with a copy of their current WSIB Certificate and work-related insurance certificate.
- Ask them to provide you with a copy of their health and safety policy or program. Commercial divers must also have completed the required DCBC official training certification and be able to provide proof upon request.
- Protect yourself by hiring a professional diving contractor who meets the requirements of Diving Operations regulation (629/94).
Hiring a competent and qualified diving contractor for your commercial diving work helps to protect your investment by providing you with the reassurance your job will be done safely and properly.
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