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This topic covers underwater work for commercial diving operations, which is regulated by 29 CFR 1910.401–441.

Underwater work is extremely hazardous. There is a substantial risk of death if any piece of equipment fails or a diver does not follow safety procedures. Safety depends on the diver, the equipment, and the procedures implemented for the operation, and OSHA has regulations addressing each of these areas. The availability of a first-aid manual, resuscitators, and emergency telephone numbers at the dive site are vital.

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Directives 10/30/1978 - STD 1-23.2 - 29 CFR 1910.401-1910.441, Subpart T - Commercial Diving Operations 07/08/2003National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.441 [Removed]  National
Regulations 29 CFR §§ 1910.442 -- 1910.999 [Reserved]  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.401 Scope and application  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.402 Definitions  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.410 Qualifications of dive team  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.420 Safe practices manual  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.421 Pre-dive procedures  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.422 Procedures during dive  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.423 Post-dive procedures  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.424 SCUBA diving  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.425 Surface-supplied air diving  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.426 Mixed-gas diving  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.427 Liveboating  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.430 Equipment  National
Directives 29 CFR Part 1910, Subpart T – Commercial Diving Operations [CPL 02-00-151] 06/13/2011National
Interpretations Boat captain be considered the employer of divers if the captain had the power to exercise control over the divers.[1905.11] 04/12/1994National
Cartoons Diving (JPG)  National
Interpretations Diving decompression tables are acceptable for occupational diving in the United States.[1910] 09/17/1992National
Interpretations Minimum number of dive team members required to support scuba diving.[1910.410; 1910.422; 1910.424] 11/22/1996National
Interpretations Review of draft regional interpretations, OSHA commercial diving standard.[1910.422(e)] 07/06/1992National
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