In February of 2020, UESI successfully completed the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) Audit. The ADCI is a non-profit industry trade organization established in 1968, to provide uniform safety standards for commercial diving operations and today, publishes the ADCI Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations which are recognized by OSHA, the Army Corp of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard, and many of the end-users of commercial diving services as one of the primary guidance documents helping to ensure that diving operations are conducted as safety as possible.
The ADCI requires all General Member companies to undergo a formal safety audit as a condition of membership. The purpose of the safety audit is to identify any deficiencies related to the ADCI Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations and to help the audited company improve by offering direction and assistance to ensure that the company is in strict compliance with the Consensus Standards.
UESI’s audit was conducted by Mr. Jon Hazelbaker one of ADCI’s most experienced auditors. The audit process included a formal safety review of all dive equipment, dive gear, diver qualifications, and safety equipment as well as key documents such as our Diving Safe Practices Manual, Safety Manual, a typical dive plan, and Job Hazard Analysis. Maintenance and maintenance tracking procedures for life support equipment were also evaluated.
An important part of the audit process includes field observation of a diving operating. To satisfy this requirement, Mr. Hazelbaker observed our crew for several days while they performed inspections of damaged outfall pipes off the coast of Puerto Rico.