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    Decompression illness "no longer an issue" in regulated industry

    Organisations and Associations // September 9, 2009

    Decompression illness (DCI) is not considered to be an issue in the regulated areas of the offshore oil and gas diving industry today, a survey of diving contractor members of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has revealed.

    “We recently asked our diving contractor members to provide data on the incidence of DCI such as the numbers of events in air and saturation diving as well as their frequency, and to provide feedback on whether they felt this was a significant issue,” explained Jane Bugler, IMCA’s Technical Director. “We received 17 responses identifying two possible DCIs. One seemingly typical response stated: ‘we have not had a DCI for the past 12 years’.”

    The survey indicated that the oil and gas offshore diving industry has, over the years and through the structured and widely implemented approach of a self-regulating industry, achieved a significant reduction in such critical events.

    “It is possible, however, that DCI remains an issue in unregulated areas or in other areas of commercial diving,” says Jane Bugler.  “This leaves an opportunity for clients, governments and contractors to help continue the spread and implementation of this structured approach and thereby to further reduce these occurrences if they do indeed exist elsewhere.”

    IMCA has an active Diving Division with nearly 280 member organisations involved in this aspect of offshore contracting amongst its 625+ members in 52 countries. Further information on all aspects of IMCA’s work for, and on behalf of members, is available at and from the Association at 5 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0NR, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521. Email:


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