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17 March 2022

Scottish Water has received a "Client Award" from the Association of Diving Contractors (ADC) UK in recognition of work to improve diver safety by improving their contractor selection and diving procedures.

Steve Wilson, H&S Manager and Peter Farrer, Scottish Water’s chief operating officer, received the award on behalf of the company in a ceremony at the offices of Burntisland-based Briggs Marine, experts in coastal, nearshore, offshore and subsea operations, who nominated the utility for the award.

Over the past year, the company have been working with an Aberdeen based Diving Technical Authority (DTA), or diving consultancy - DiveSource - to review and improve its Standards and processes relating to diving operations.

Scottish Water now have an increased number of diving contractors available to them, which will improve geographical coverage and response times in the event of emergencies or similar incidents which require help from divers. A Scottish Water diving standard has also been developed that sets out clear guidance on when and how to use diving contractors.  

Steve Wilson, who led the review with the DTA and diving companies, said: "Working with DiveSource has really improved our understanding of the regulations, the hazardous environment that these companies operate in and the robust safety standards that must be maintained to ensure these dives are carried out safely. Improving our diving procedures benefits not only Scottish Water and the individual diving companies, but also other organisations who may use their services in the future. I’m pleased Scottish Water is helping to support this important sector.” 

Sarah Hutcheon, Managing Director at DiveSource, said: "As a company that requires a great deal of diving to be carried out on its assets throughout the country, Scottish Water has recognised that the management of diving projects requires highly robust internal processes and a specific set of knowledge and skills. 

"They have set out to ensure they have those and, by working with DiveSource, they have developed their tools and procedures and are in the midst of rolling out industry-leading online training to all relevant staff. Having also carried out a due diligence plan on their Diving Contractors, ultimately, they are contributing to an increase in diver safety on all their jobs in Scotland.”