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Subchapter 7. General Industry Safety Orders
Group 26. Diving Operations
Article 152. Diving Operations
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§6058. Recordkeeping Requirements.

(a) Recording and Reporting.

(1) The employer shall record and report occupational injuries and illnesses in accordance with requirements of Labor Code Sections 6409 and 6410.

(2) The employer shall record the occurrence of any diving-related injury or illness which requires any dive team member to be hospitalized for 24 hours or more, specifying the circumstances of the incident and the extent of any injuries or illnesses.

(b) Availability of Records:

(1) Upon the request of the Division, the employer shall make available for inspection and copying any record or document required by Article 152.

(2) Records and documents required by Article 152 shall be provided upon request to employees, designated representatives, and authorized representatives of the Division in accordance with Section 3204. Manual for Diving Safety (cf, Sections 6052(b) and 6054), recordings of dives [cf, Section 6052(g)(1) & (2)], decompression procedure assessment evaluations [cf, Section 6052(g)(3)], and records of hospitalizations [cf, Section 6058(a)(2)], shall be provided in the same manner that Section 3204 prescribes for employee exposure records and analyses using exposure or medical records. The same requirements of Section 3204 shall determine the availability of equipment inspection and testing records which pertain to employees (cf, Section 6059).

(3) Records and documents required by this standard shall be retained by the employer for the following period:

(A) Physician's written reports of medical examinations for dive team members 5 years;

(B) Manual for diving safety, current document only;

(C) Record of dive1 year, except 5 years where there has been an incident of pressure related injury.

(D) Pressure related injury assessment 5 years;

(E) Equipment inspection and testing records current entry or tag, or until equipment is withdrawn from service;

(F) Records of hospitalization 5 years.

(4) Whenever an employer ceases to do business, all applicable records maintained under the requirements of this section shall be transferred to the successor employer or their continued maintenance.

(5) If an employer ceases to do business and there is no successor employer (or whenever the retention period of any record required to be kept for 5 years expires), the record shall be forwarded by registered mail to the Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fisher Lane, Rockville, MD 20852.

The employer shall also comply with any additional requirements involving the transfer of records set forth in Section 3204.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.


1. Amendment of subsection (b) filed 3-20-81; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 81, No. 12).

2. Amendment of subsection (b) filed 12-8-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 50).

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