IMCA Publishes Safety Rep Handbook

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a new tool for the industry – the ‘Safety Committee Representative’s Handbook’ (IMCA SEL 035), for use by safety committees on board vessels undertaking marine operations, recognised by IMCA as an excellent way of promoting and managing safety issues.

The handy wire bound A5 handbook is international in scope, and is written in straightforward and simple language. As well as providing guidance and information on a range of safety related topics it also covers the ‘nuts and bolts’ of how a safety committee works including:

• The function, remit and structure of safety committees
• How they affect welfare and the working environment
• Where safety representatives can find further information.

There is a chapter on some of the fundamental safety processes that are of importance to offshore personnel including risk assessment, safe systems of work, control of hazardous substances, manual handling, working at height and lifting operations.

It is now available for downloading free of charge for members and non-members alike at, and printed copies are available at £10 for members and £20 for non-members from

Kirby Morgan Caution Bulletin – Second Stages Used with M-48 SuperMask

Will all owners of a Kirby Morgan M-48 SuperMask® please take note of the following caution bulletin released by Kirby Morgan. Contact us at if you require more information.

Bulletin #9 of 2014. August 25, 2014
Caution Bulletin
Regarding Second Stages Used with M-48 SuperMask® (P/N 800-048) and M-48 MOD 1 (P/N 800-150)

Kirby Morgan Dive Systems Inc.® DOES NOT recommend using balloon type valve second stage regulators, e.g., the Poseidon Jet Stream,® or XSTREAM® models, or any regulators that could well exceed 40 millibars (MBR) of pressure when the purge is fully depressed, on the M-48 SuperMask, P/N 800-048 or the M-48 MOD 1, P/N 800-150.

The Poseidon Jet Stream® and the XSTREAM® models are high performance regulators that are capable of delivering very large volumes of air when the purge is fully depressed. This high gas flow can be sudden and dramatic, and while this condition may not pose a significant risk to a non-full face mask diver, it could pose a significant risk when using the M-48 SuperMask or M-48 MOD 1 because the seal provided by these masks may not allow overpressure air from around the diver’s lips to escape and vent quickly enough, causing oral and lung pressures to exceed the 40 MBR positive pressure limit which could be hazardous to the diver.

If an overpressure event as described above occurs, this could result in serious injury or death.

For more information, please contact us at

Kirby Morgan M48 Supermask

Kirby Morgan M48 Supermask

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For new approved Kirby Morgan Diving Helmets from an official Kirby Morgan Partner/Reseller click here

A diver/employee of an ADCI Member Company purchased a used Kirby Morgan SL 27 online from a diving equipment supply company.

The selling company explicitly stated that the helmet had been serviced by a technician and was ready to dive. Once final payment was made, the seller stated that a technician would go over the helmet a second time prior to delivery.

A letter, delivered with the helmet, stated that an annual service had been conducted on the helmet, with a few noted exceptions. The appropriate Kirby Morgan forms also accompanied the helmet, filled out and signed by the owner of the selling company (as a technician).

Upon receipt of the helmet, the diver presented it to his company’s certified technician for a pre-service inspection, as is required for all incoming helmets at his company.

Although some of the parts appeared new (bent tube, diaphragm, dial-a-breath, dump flapper, and regulator flapper), it was clear that the rest of the helmet had not been serviced as stated, and was in poor condition.

Some of the findings included:

1.   Several parts were non-functional or broken
2.   Some connections, such as the bent-tube to side-block were only hand-tight
3.   Other connections, such as the face-port screws, were bent, over-torqued, and/or seized. One screw had to be drilled out and removed with vise grips
4.   Some of the connections at the side block were sealed with a type of plumber’s putty
5.   The O-rings were flat, worn, and muddy
6.   The O-ring seats were filthy

Some of these issues were easily addressed, while others were obviously more serious.

Regardless, all are indicative of a seller creating a false assurance that this helmet had been serviced by a Kirby Morgan technician and that it was fit to dive upon purchase.


•       Since the helmet was purchased from an actual diving equipment store/company, the buyer had an added, albeit false, sense of security regarding the helmet’s condition and readiness to dive.

•       The seller twice claimed that the work was conducted by a “technician”, and used the helmet manufacturer’s overhaul and inspection forms to support this work. However, there is no evidence that the technician was certified by the manufacturer to conduct the work to begin with, nor was the work actually done to the manufacturer’s specifications.

•       The helmet had to be completely overhauled by a certified technician in order to ensure safe operation. Unfortunately, the diver had additional out of pocket expenses due to the additional parts and repairs that were required to make it serviceable.

•       Had the diver’s employer not had a protocol for ensuring the operability of this helmet, the buyer may not have been aware of some of the more serious problems. Worse yet, this helmet could have been used as life support equipment shortly after purchase and, given its condition, it could have caused serious injury or death.

For the full report including pictures of the helmet please click here. - Official Reseller of Kirby Morgan Diving Equipment

IMCA Announces Guidance on Hyperbaric Reception Facility

The safety of divers in saturation is of paramount importance. With this in mind, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) – Booth S18 at OTC 2014 – has published ‘Diving Equipment Systems Inspection Guidance Note (DESIGN) for the hyperbaric reception facility (HRF) forming part of a hyperbaric evacuation system (HES)’ (IMCA D 053).
IMCA Announces Guidance on Hyperbaric Reception Facility

“D 053 should always be used in conjunction with IMCA D 018 ‘Code of practice on the initial and periodic examination, testing and certification of diving plant and equipment’,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler. “Indeed, cross references to this Code are provided where appropriate.

“Our new document addresses the provision of an HRF as part of an HES as utilised within the offshore diving industry, and aims to provide a comprehensive reference source, addressing the philosophy of what equipment and layout is required for an HRF, plus the examination, test and certification requirements necessary to meet agreed industry practice.

“This will apply anywhere in the world (i.e. outside the territorial waters of most countries or inside territorial waters where offshore diving, normally in support of the oil and gas or renewable energy industries is being carried out).”

The newly published document offers examples of good practice. It gives advice on aspects of an HRF that can be configured in certain ways in order to provide a safer system of working. It also identifies how inspection and testing can be carried out safely and efficiently.

The document has no direct legal status, but many courts, in the absence of specific local regulations, would accept that a company carrying out diving operations in line with the recommendations of IMCA D 053 was using safe and accepted practices.

Original Press Release from Subsea World News