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    IMCA wants feedback on guidelines for isolation and intervention

    Organisations and Associations // May 11, 2010
    The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is eager to encourage feedback on its ‘Guidelines for Isolation and Intervention: Diver Access to Subsea Systems’ published in October 2009. 
    The document sets out what is considered to be good practice for ensuring a safe degree of isolation is established prior to conducting diver intrusive works on any energy-conveying system in which pressure differentials, electrical or laser power may exist at levels which - on loss of containment - would be harmful to personnel, or cause damage to the environment or equipment.
    The guidance is primarily aimed at project managers, project engineers, offshore construction managers, diving supervisors and safety personnel, all of whom have a responsibility for developing safe schemes of isolation and intervention for divers accessing subsea systems.
    In addition, engineering personnel involved with the design of such systems should also use this document to ensure that all new (or modified) subsea systems incorporate adequate isolation facilities.
    “We are eager to attract feedback so that we can incorporate responses in any revised version,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler. “It is a highly comprehensive and important 100-page document, applicable for use when preparing scopes of work, procedures, reviews and risk assessments for any diver-related work. Now that the guidelines have been published for six months, we are eager to have user reactions and recommendations.”
    Feedback should be sent to Jane Bugler by end July 2010 so that work can proceed on updating the text in the light of experience of its use.
    Further information on IMCA’s work for, and on behalf of, members is available at, from and from IMCA at 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AU, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; or Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521. 

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