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Macquarie University conducts Occupational Scientific Diving as part of its research and teaching activities and therefore recognises its responsibilities under the NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Macquarie University acknowledges the special work health and safety obligations associated with compressed gas diving. The purpose of this operations manual is to promote safe diving practices. This document is to be used in the context of Australian / New Zealand Standard 2299.2-2002 "Occupational diving operations: Part 2 Scientific diving". This manual ensures compliance to these documents but is not a substitute for understanding AS/NZS 2299.2 and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017. Macquarie University recognises its responsibility as a PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) under the NSW WHS Act 2011 and NSW WHS Regulation (2011)2017.

The goal of this document is not to replicate the standard, but to provide an abbreviated extract of the portions especially relevant to Macquarie University divers, to help with the interpretation of the relevant legislation and to outline University specific procedures. It is expected that the University Diving and Boating Safety Committee (DBSC), University Dive Officer (UDO), and Dive Coordinators (DC) are familiar with the portions of the standard not specifically covered by this manual. Where this manual does not state specific procedures, those in AS2299.2 should be followed. If the manual and the standard are unclear or ambiguous the UDO and DBSC should be consulted for clarification.