Volume 2, Number 18, Page 2


August 2000


TRI Air Test kits were mailed to units and vessels in July. Units and vessels are to analyze the compressors on board upon receipt of this kit, prior to sailing on the next leg. This is a testing procedure that must be performed within a day or two of receipt. When sampling it is necessary to replace the black cap on the sampling bottles. The sampling test tubes have a sampling cap that is used when air is collected. This cap must be removed at the end of sampling and the original cap replaced. Leaving the sampling cap on the source or air sample bottles, voids the sample and the air test is incomplete. Instructions are provided, which make the sampling procedures quite clear. Cap errors are due to testers not following directions. This error increases testing costs, as the sampling must be repeated. Henceforth, re-tests required because of this oversight will be charged to the unit or vessel. If there are any questions when sampling please call (800) 880-8378 for TRI tech support. End of Article


Initial SEP Assessments for FY 2001 will be mailed to Unit Diving Supervisors at the end of September. Units will be assessed for divers in possession of equipment and/or for those NOAA and Non-NOAA personnel who are employed or contracted by the unit. NDC currently estimates that the annual assessment will be $380 per diver unit. The increase over last year is for building a new drysuit inventory and other incremental cost increases experienced over the past few years. End of Article


The NOAA Diving Center will be holding a NOAA-wide UDS safety meeting Feb 27, 28, Mar 1, 2001 for the purpose of introducing and reviewing the new diving regulations, the 4th edition of the NOAA Diving Manual and to evaluate operational diving activities in NOAA. The meeting will allow UDS to network and discuss issues of concern and of importance to strengthening the communication and safety within the NOAA Diving Program. The NOAA Diving Safety Board meeting will occur during the week following the UDS meeting. If you are a UDS that has yet to contact NDC regarding your ability to attend, please do so as soon as possible. End of Article


The NOAA Diving Center is delegated the task of issuing yearly Dive Orders for NOAA Corps officers assigned to the OMAO Marine Centers on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. NOAA Corps officers must have dive orders to receive dive pay. Therefore, commands are to provide NDC with a listing of officers who will have their dive orders renewed for FY2001. Renewal requests are to be made as soon as possible so that dive pay is not interrupted. Commands are asked to provide a list of all officers (including their rank, full name and SSN), needing dive orders, no later than September 12, 2000, to Copies will be returned to commands that request them. If there are any questions contact Laurie Barber at End of Article


NDC has distributed four Elder Valve test kits throughout NOAA’s diving units. Please keep the rotation moving along. After receiving the kit, follow the instructions enclosed to perform a simple test on the emergency oxygen kit’s Elder valve. After the test is completed, forward the results to NDC and send the kit to the next unit on the enclosed Federal Express mailer. After contact with the manufacturer and repair facility for the oxygen delivery equipment, NDC was instructed to perform periodic tests on the equipment versus overhauling the units every two years. All Elder valves not meeting the required performance specifications will be scheduled for service. Enclosed laminated testing instructions should reflect that the gauge tolerance range is 32-48 mm Hg. Values found within this threshold range do not require service. End of Article


Improvements have been made to the Training section of UDS Website. The site now includes, under Training: downloadable refresher training presentations, air and nitrox dive tables, and links to external web resources. The NDP merchandise Order Form has also been added to the FORMS section. FAQ’s have been enhanced to cover a wide range of commonly asked questions and provide an exceptional resource for planning travel or researching operational activities or employment opportunities. End of Article

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