HAZARDS. The hazards inherent in the operation of a hyperbaric
facility include the sudden and rapid loss of pressure, fire and explosion of
combustible material, and sudden and rapid loss of life-supporting gasses,
which can result in serious injury or death to chamber subjects and extensive
damage to equipment and material. The designer, as well as the divers,
operators, cleaners, and other maintenance personnel must take every effort
to minimize these hazards.
PERSONNEL SAFETY. The safety of Naval personnel who will use the
hyperbaric facility must be assured before the facility is placed in
operation. For this assurance, the Navy requires that prior to use, the
hyperbaric facility must be evaluated and certified by the cognizant System
Certification Authority (SCA) as providing acceptable levels of personnel
safety to the occupants and operators. Application of the guidelines herein
will not always assure a safe hyperbaric facility nor will it always assure
acceptance of the design. The final responsibility for all aspects of a safe
design lies ultimately with the designer and cannot be delegated to any
manual or textbook.
CERTIFICATION. The Navy activity desiring to use the hyperbaric
facility shall apply for System Certification by submitting a formal request
to the SCA with supporting documentation associated with the design,
construction, fabrication, testing, cleaning, and development of proposed
operating and maintenance procedures. For additional information on system
certification requirements, see NAVMAT P-9290, System Certification
Procedures and Criteria Manual for Deep Submergence Systems.