Safety is in the Air – DAN AP Air Quality Campaign Launch

After the relatively recent death of a scuba diver, it was found that the level of Carbon Monoxide (CO) in his tank was 450 times above the accepted limit. This has prompted DAN AP to launch a safety and awareness campaign, the main goal of which is to prevent people from diving with contaminated breathing gas in the first place.

Safety is in the Air – DAN AP Air Quality Campaign Launch

After the relatively recent death of a scuba diver, it was found that the level of Carbon Monoxide (CO) in his tank was 450 times above the accepted limit. He had filled his tank from a compressor which had not been properly maintained or regularly tested. As a result, the air being supplied was found to be very high in Carbon Monoxide (CO) levels.

This has prompted DAN AP to launch a long-contemplated safety and awareness campaign, the main goal of which is to prevent people from diving with contaminated breathing gas in the first place.

Join us over the coming months as we share information that is focussed on prevention and aimed at equipping recreational and professional divers with an understanding of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) and other contaminants; the ability to identify the symptoms associated with CO poisoning; first aid/treatment required in such cases; and knowledge on how to reduce the risk of poisoning.

Your support by sharing the information on your own social media channels is appreciated.

Read more at AIR QUALITY SAFETY CAMPAIGN

Author: simoncrmallender

I'm a wet and dry videographer and dive travel writer

5 thoughts on “Safety is in the Air – DAN AP Air Quality Campaign Launch”

  1. I am the partner of the diver affected. Thank you for bringing this up to hilight the importance of compressor service and maintenance.

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    1. Hi Kelly-Anne, thank you for your kind words. We hope to bring much awareness to the diving community over the coming months. I’ll be in touch via email shortly. Best regards, Mel Cefai, DAN AP

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  2. Our group got a couple of bad tanks in Bonaire. They were from a reputable resort and we were all really experienced divers but none of us thought to sniff test before we assembled our gear. Half the group were DM or instructor level divers and one person celebrated his 1100th dive that trip. Luckily it was a shore dive and the diver was able to call the dive and waited for the rest of us while we finished. We told the resort and didn’t have any problems after that. I don’t remember what the cause was, but there were a couple of tanks with an oily smell.

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    1. CO and CO2 are tasteless and odourless, so burnt oil or hydrocarbons are the only possible smell. I could not smell anything with my tank of 860ppm CO or Andrews at 2366ppn CO. Local dive shop ran testers and about 1/3 people could smell anything. Not much help when you are on a boat, wind, salt and boat exhaust everywhere. Queensland regulations state breathing air must be below 5ppm so these teams were CATASTROPHICALLY contaminated. W took them to almost 30m so work out the PO2 on that….

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  3. But the Question is what Can we do in the Industry to make sure Dive Centers. We need to educate the Divers and consumers maybe Put it in the OW course?

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