Volume 2, Number 7, Page 2


August 1999


Diverís Alert Network (DAN) has sold two regulators that are affected by a recall of Allied Healthcare Products, Inc. oxygen regulators sold under the Life Support Products (LSP) brand Ė the LSP 270ó020 and LSP 280-020. For more information about the oxygen regulators, visit the URL: or contact DAN training, (800)446-2671. Oxygen kits currently issued by NOAA SEP are not this style of regulator. Also, any regulators manufactured by LSPís predecessor corporation Robert Shaw Controls Company, should be taken out of service immediately. If the regulator was bought after May 1997 or retrofitted pursuant to the May 1997 recall, it should already have a sintered bronze filter installed. In the May/June 1999 Pressure, the newsletter indicates that what prompted the recall was the FDAís receipt of 16 reports in the last 5 years of the burning or explosion of aluminum regulators used with oxygen cylinders. Many of the incidents occurred during emergency medical use or during routine equipment checkout. FDA and NIOSH believe that the aluminum in these regulators was a major factor in both the ignition and severity of the fires, although there are likely other contributing factors. Contamination of the oxygen supply with particulate matter can also increase the risk of fire. Most oxygen regulators are made of brass or aluminum. Aluminum and its alloys are more likely to ignite than brass. Although there are rare instances of fires in brass regulators, they have a long history of safe use and are safer than aluminum oxygen regulators for use with high-pressure compressed oxygen.End of Article


All NOAA divers are required to submit a monthly NOAA Diving Log (NOAA Form 64-4). The most current version is dated (02-99). NDC is in the process of preparing systems for e-mail submission of diving logs. Your continued patience is appreciated. The dive Log will also be among the forms that will be available on the NDC website, through Adobe Acrobat Reader.End of Article


Effective Feb 1997, the Diving Center was delegated the task of issuing yearly Dive Orders for NOAA Corps officers assigned to AMC and PMC. NOAA Corps Officers must have current dive orders to receive dive pay, therefore, commands are encouraged to initiate renewal as soon as possible so that dive pay is not interrupted. Commands are requested to forward a list of all officers, (including their rank and SSN) needing Dive Orders, no later than September 10, 1999 to the Director, NOAA Diving Center. Copies will returned to commands requesting them.End of Article


Inspection reports have not been received from the following NOAA labs, units and vessels.
NMFS Galveston, NMFS Honolulu, NMFS Southwest Region/LaJolla, NMFS Miami, NMFS Narragansett, NMFS Seattle, OAR AOML, OAR PMEL, NOS AHP, NOS ARO, NOS PRO, NOS MB, Channel Islands NMS, Flower Gardenís NMS, Grayís Reef NMS, OCRM HQ, Florida Keys NMS. Monterey Bay NMS, Olympic Coast NMS. NOAA Shipís ALBATROSS IV, RONALD H. BROWN, GORDON GUNTER, TOWNSEND CROMWELL, DELEWARE II, MILLER FREEMAN, McARTHUR, RUDE. National Weather Service Honolulu. Overall, not what one would call a good show. Supervisors designated for those listed should recognize that the need to take action in performing the annual safety inspection as this is not an item of convenience but required by the NOAA Diving regulations. Results are to be forwarded to the respective Line Office Diving Officer or to LT Hoshlyk at the NOAA Diving Center.End of Article


Chris Cote, the current SEP contact will be leaving NDC at the end of September and headed to the NURC-AQUARIUS support facility in Key Largo. As a result a position has opened up at NDC for a Dive Equipment Worker. Personnel interested should review the specifications to apply for the position at of Article

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