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Health risk management in the Tasmanian abalone diving industry


Smart, D, Health risk management in the Tasmanian abalone diving industry, Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, 40, (2) pp. 83-87. ISSN 1833-3516 (2010) [Refereed Article]


Risk management is a systematic process applied to all aspects of diving operations. The process aims to reduce accidents and adverse outcomes to a minimum. Risk results from a combination of probability and consequence, and where this combination has major or extreme impact, the risk should not be tolerated. Over the four years 2001-2004, the incidence of decompression illness amongst abalone divers in Tasmania was 1.4 cases per 100 divers per year. Risk management in diving encompasses medical fitness, education and training, dive planning, equipment and maintenance, emergency procedures and equipment, and continual vigilance to remedy new risks as they are identified. There is still much to achieve in the Tasmanian abalone diving industry in all areas of risk management.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Occupational diving; occupational health; risk management; health; diving industry; abalone
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Occupational and workplace health and safety
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Wild caught edible molluscs
UTAS Author:Smart, D (Associate Professor David Smart)
ID Code:70505
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2011-06-23
Last Modified:2011-06-24

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