Do you want to be allowed to use the same cylinders as people in the EU and US? To be legally allowed to put helium in your tanks? To use mixes with O2 < 21% or > 40%? To do an O2 flush at 6m? To have your cylinders filled on a humid day?
The Environmental Protection Authority is consulting on Filling of SCUBA cylinders in non-workplaces. This is your opportunity to provide feedback through official channels.
Most of us would agree with the implied objectives of ensuring that people who fill cylinders are competent in doing so safely and that what they fill them with is safe to breathe. A modified version of the EPA’s proposal could be considered, but not without regulatory reform to address the reasons why people are filling cylinders that are not approved, and fill cylinders with gas mixtures that do not comply with the regulations. People should not be criminalised for not complying with the regulations, which are unreasonable and undermine the safety of divers.
While the consultation is about filling in non-workplaces, it talks about what cylinders can be filled and with what gases, referring to the same regulations as for workplaces and thus effectively provides an opportunity for feedback about regulations that affect both workplace and non-workplace filling.
You can visit the EPA site about this consultation. Note that the consultation relating to SCUBA cylinders is just one small part of a long consultation document on a variety of topics such as pesticides.
If you wish, you can adapt this template response.
The template response covers a range of issues relating to SCUBA cylinder importation and filling that have arisen during the course of the petition, so please read it to ensure it reflects your views and add, change, delete portions as you wish.
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Note: consultation closes 5pm, 19 April 2017.