|Association of Diving Contractors International Aligns with
WASHINGTON -- Improving the health and safety of commercial
divers is the fundamental goal of an Alliance formed today
between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) and the Association of Diving Contractors International
"This Alliance gives us the opportunity to work with
experts in the commercial diving industry," said OSHA
Administrator John Henshaw. "Commercial divers, who operate
often under extreme hazardous conditions, will benefit from
this collaborative relationship that has one very important
goal -- their safety and health."
Fred Aichele, ADC President echoed those sentiments, saying
the Alliance reinforces a solid relationship the Association
has enjoyed with OSHA. "The ADC is pleased to enter into
an Alliance with OSHA," he said. "This agreement
will continue and strengthen a relationship of many years
of close cooperation between the two organizations; a relationship
between government and industry that has proven effective
in reducing accidents and fatalities in the commercial diving
and underwater workplace."
The OSHA-ADC Alliance encourages both organizations to work
together focusing on safer working conditions for commercial
divers, particularly in the areas of increased barometric
pressure and differential risks conditions. Progress will
begin with the development of training courses and education
programs on safety issues specific to commercial diving and
underwater services. This includes sharing up-to-date commercial
diving information such as hazard and workforce trends between
OSHA and ADC. OSHA's Training Institute in Arlington Heights,
IL, will be provided with educational and training support
on issues specific to commercial diving.
OSHA and ADC will also work together to develop and update
ADC's respiratory and circulatory safety and health presentations
for use by the commercial diving and underwater industry,
the users of commercial diving and underwater services, and
OSHA. Those presentations will also be delivered during various
speaking events, appearances, exhibits or other events in
which OSHA and ADC participate.
Finally, both organizations will participate in forums, roundtable
discussions and conferences on commercial diving safety and
health issues to help raise safety awareness within the industry.
ADC is a non-profit organization serving as an industry forum
to help improve safety, education, and communication throughout
the commercial diving industry. Representing more than 600
companies that furnish underwater services or support underwater
operations, ADC's membership includes business, educational
and medical representatives from more than 30 other nations.