Boston University is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment for students, faculty and staff. In order to do so, we aim to foster a culture of safety among individuals on campus and in the field. Cultivating a safe working and learning environment is a shared responsibility that requires all individuals involved in research-related diving to recognize their obligation to be appropriately trained and to comply with University policies and procedures

See this page for Small Boat Safety information, previously part of the Scientific Diving Program. Small Boat Safety is now part of the Field Activities Subcommittee. More information coming soon.

Scientific Diving Safety Manual

The purpose of the Scientific Dive Safety Manual is to define the safety standards for scientific diving conducted under the jurisdiction of BU. The work practices, procedures, and policies specified in this manual comply with current American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Standards and applicable regulatory requirements which are available at the AAUS website.

Scientific Diving Safety Manual

Scientific Diving Safety Committee

The Scientific Diving Safety Committee (SDSC) at Boston University oversees diving performed as a necessary component of research or educational activity by faculty, students, and other employees involved in research. The SDSC fulfills the role of the Diving Control Board (DCB) described in the BU Scientific Diving Safety Manual.?

The Scientific Diving program is cross-disciplinary and applies to any academic / scientific research activity such as:

  • Engineering
  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Physical Education
  • Earth Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Marine Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences

Committee Members

The SDSC is comprised of faculty, trainees, and staff members from academic departments involved in scientific. The committee also includes members from the Environmental Health & Safety Department (EHS), Risk Management, and International Programs. Committee representatives are appointed by the Associate Vice President of Research Compliance.

For information about Dive Safety Committee membership, please contact [email protected].


Snorkelers

The SDSB-SC has provided guidance on snorkeling in the BU Snorkeling Standards.


Boaters

Boating does not require a strict training or authorization process at BU, but small boat operations involve certain risks that must be addressed prior to beginning any field work. For assistance, the SDSC has provided guidance in the BU Small Boat Safety Manual .

Float Plans

As outlined in the BU Small Boat Safety Manual, any research projects involving boating require submission of Float Plans for proposed boating excursions, which must be approved by the Dive Safety Officer in advance. Float Plans should be submitted to [email protected].


Contacts

DiveSafe

For general inquiries about Scientific Diving Safety, and for all submissions of Dive Plans, Dive Logs, and other program documentation, please email?DiveSafe.

Research Occupational Health Program

Additionally, the Boston University Research Occupational Health Program (ROHP) provides prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for work-related injuries and illnesses for the employees of Boston University in compliance with OSHA, CDC, and other regulatory requirements. ROHP can be accessed by visiting the Research Occupational Health Program page, by emailing [email protected], or by calling 617-414-ROHP (7647).


For further information on scientific and commercial diving, please visit the following links:

American Academy of Underwater Sciences

Scientific Boating Safety Association

Divers Alert Network

United States Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division