Who is allowed to work on KMDSI Helmets and Band Masks?
Privately owned helmets can be worked on by the owner of the helmet and anyone the owner allows. As stated in all KMDSI operations manuals, the owner of the equipment can perform all maintenance and repairs. KMDSI strongly recommends all users receive training from a recognized KMDSI training facility, however if users feel they have the knowledge, experience and technical ability to make repairs and perform maintenance they can download all manuals and checklist from the KMDSI web site free of charge. According to OSHA regulations, the diving company (contractor/employer) is required to insure all man worn equipment is being properly maintained and that the maintenance and inspections are being performed as recommended by the manufacturer of the equipment. OSHA makes little differentiation between privately owned helmets/equipment and company owned helmets and equipment and places the responsibility for the condition and use of diving equipment on the employer/contractor.
In short, this means the diving contractor could be held liable for knowingly allowing improperly maintained or inspected equipment to be used that resulted in injury regardless of who actually owns the equipment. For this reason it is important that the diving contractor have a good maintenance program and the documentation to go with it.
In accordance with ADCI Consensus Standards;
Helmets and masks and their associated diver-carried regulators are components of a critical life support system that, if not functioning properly, can expose the diver to significant hazard. As such, all helmets and masks and their associated diver-carried regulators shall be maintained and inspected in strict compliance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Suitable logs shall be maintained to reflect compliance. The owner of helmets, masks, and their associated diver-carried regulators shall be responsible to ensure that these life support critical elements are functioning properly prior to the commencement of each and every dive.
All helmets and masks shall be maintained in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications, and have all modifications which affect safety or performance documented in the equipment log.