NOAA Diving Safety Program Survival Guide – from Steve Urick
Introduction: Changes are constantly taking places within the NOAA Diving Safety Program (NDSP) and the NOAA diving community and this newsletter is a great opportunity for me to share those changes with you and also for you to submit questions, communicate information and share lessons learned in the field. These articles are intended for NOAA Divers although the information may be relevant to non-divers. If you have questions or corrections to the articles please bring them to my attention at email@example.com. So let’s get started.
Update 1 - As you may know AEDs are powered by two batteries. One is a Lithium ion battery 'Pack' and the other a simple 9v battery. These batteries can be removed from the AED by pressing on the orange button on the side of the AED. To check the expiration date on the pack search the pack for the date - it will be listed for example: 2016/12 or year/month, the 9v is connected to the pack and easily removed for service. If either battery is expired the AED will give off a warning 'Chirping' sound and the green power up button will flash red when activated (per Defib Tech). Check your units for expiration dates and as always (divers only) contact Lisa of the Standardized Equipment Program and she will replace expired parts.
Please be aware that the AED pads issued with your NDP AED unit have an expiration date of every two years. During DUSA inspections on some units we have found AEDs with expired pads making them unauthorized for use until these pads are replaced. Please take the time to inspect your AED pads for an expiration date and if needed have them replaced. The pads are available now at no charge through the Standardized Equipment Program (divers only) by contacting Lisa Glover at 206-526-6446 or email. Please take the time to inspect your pads. The necessary inspection shouldn’t take more than five minutes.
Update 2 – Low and High Pressure flasks other than (scuba and K-cylinders) are to be inspected in accordance with OSHA which references to Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI). ADCI requirements boils down to each cylinder or flask shall be internally/externally inspected on an annual basis and either hydrostatically or Non-destructive tested every 5 years. There are additional requirements listed on the DUSA Checklist found on the NDP website under the Forms section. If during a DUSA inspection these cylinders are out of date the cylinder will be unauthorized for use until maintenance is performed.
Update 3 – I have also created a BLOG for interaction between you and the NDSP. The blog became available in February and will eventually be linked to the NDP webpage. All divers should have received an ‘all divers’ email with the blog site address. I believe this will be the appropriate forum for you to remain informed of the DUSA progress, updates and to ask and answer questions.