Safety Rules for the Québec Film and Video
1. Diving work must be carried out in compliance with
the following standards: Occupational Safety Code for
Diving Operations (CAN/CSA Z275.2-92) and the
Competency Standard for Diving Operations (CAN/CSA
It is the responsibility of the producer, safety coordi-
nator and diving supervisor to determine whether
hazards exist at the underwater locations proposed by
the director, and whether filming or recording can
3. Before diving work starts, the producer, diving super-
visor and safety coordinator must define the work
methods (including the emergency procedures),
determine the equipment and signals to be used, and
specify the particular hazards at the location.
When dives exceed the no-decompression limit or
when the dive exceeds 40 m in depth, the producer
must ensure that there is a Class A recompression
chamber (two-lock) in good condition and opera-
tional on the site.
4. When the water quality is questionable, the producer
must have an analysis done by an independent labo-
ratory to determine the degree of contamination. If
contamination levels exceed permissible standards, he
must take the necessary precautions (use surface supply,
select another filming or recording site, etc.).
5. The producer and the diving supervisor must ensure
that the diver is physically capable of doing the work.
The latter must also have a valid medical certificate
issued within the last 12 months stating that he is
physically capable of carrying out the required under-
6. The producer must make sure that all divers and tenders
have the required certificates: in cardiopulmonary
resuscitation, first aid and in treatment for victims of
near-drowning, medical certificates, certification, etc.
The safety coordinator must obtain a copy of these
certificates at least 48 hours before the first dive.
7. Surface-supply diving must be favoured (self-contained
breathing apparatus is not recommended for com-
mercial diving ope