Update 11 Jan 2012
Happy New Year to all. Gareth will be starting his PhD on 30 Jan 12. The pre-reading has been very useful and opened up more contacts in the world of academia. 23 Jan 12 is the User Interface (UI) kick-off meeting with Sarsen Software for the Incident Reporting system being developed by Cognitas. More information on the Diving Incident and Safety Management System (DISMS) will be available in due course.
Update: 21 Nov 2011
Gareth had a meeting with his potential supervisor Dr Simon Jarvis, Cranfield University, today to discuss his PhD. The proposal was accepted and Gareth will start his PhD in the New Year looking at safety in sport diving, assessing the current status quo (state of current diving, actual incidents and their profiles, risk and risk perception) and then applying a causality analysis methodology to determine root causes.
Update: 15 Nov 2011
The presentation at the Global Diving Conference went very well with positive feedback. Many contacts made in the diving industry throughout the world providing offers of support to the research work being proposed.
Update: 4 Oct 2011
More presentations taking place, see talks tab at the top. An invite to the Cave Diving Group AGM Dinner on 21 Apr 2012 is very much appreciated.
Update – 7 Aug 2011
Another presentation booked. This time with Oxford SAC. For more information, see the presentations/talks tab at the top.
Update – 22 July 2011
Very pleased to see that the Human Factors paper is getting a wider distribution than just scuba divers. At a recent board meeting of AIDA, the Association Internationale pour le Developpment de L’Apnee, recommended that members should distribute the Human Factors report to freedivers in their country.http://www.aidainternational.org/news/?p=1018
Update – 20 July 2011
Gareth has been in contact with Dr Scott Shappell and Dr Douglas Wiegmann (the authors of the original HFCAS study) regarding developing the taxonomy for a diving incident reporting system. They were both impressed that the HFACS had made it into Sport Diving and have suggested ways in how I can improve my knowledge in this area including attending a HFACS conference in Amsterdam in Jan 2012.
Update – 14 July 2011
Gareth had a very successful meeting with Sarsen yesterday who provided some options to put the Web GUI in place to allow data capture, analysis and reporting. Nine days development work and £4000k. Now putting a series of mock-ups of what the capture and reporting will look like before putting a business proposal together. More details when I have them. The beauty is that this will allow true open and transparent reporting with data capable of being exported XML and PDF formats to meet user needs – it will even export a BSAC Incident Report (for the fields that have been captured/mapped) so you don’t have to fill one in manually.
Update – 4 July 2011
Gareth gave a radio interview on BBC Solent (1hr 44mins in) on Diving Incidents and ways to improve diver safety. It wasn’t very long. The article was then captured on the BBC News site here. However, it is depressing to see that the headline taken by the BBC, whilst factually correct, has a negative connotation saying that the Portland coastline saw more scuba diving accidents than anywhere else in the UK and that the number of incidents was 3 times the national average. Stats, stats and damn lies… Shame that there isn’t a good understanding of the numbers of dives taking place in the UK…
Update – 19 April 2011
Gareth will be presenting at the GUE Annual Conference on the Application of the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) to Sport Diving taking place in Kiel, Germany 12-13 November 2011. http://www.globaldivingconference.com/ for more details.
Update – 6 April 2011
Gareth will be giving presentations to Guildford SAC on 17 May and Northampton SAC on 13 June about the Human Factors leading up to an incident, ways to identify them and once identified, mitigate them. If you would like to attend the presentations, please contact the clubs directly for more details.
The paper mentioned below has been reviewed by Associate Professor Simon Mitchell MB ChB, PhD, DipDHM, DipOccMed, CertDHM (ANZCA), FANZCA and there will now be a few weeks delay while the paper is edited and further references added before publication.
Update – 27 March 2011
Gareth gave a series of 3 presentations at the London International Dive Show covering Human Factors in Sport Diving Incidents and Accidents. The presentation, covering both OC and CCR diving, is based upon an academic paper written by Gareth and currently being reviewed by academics before being published. The report should be published before mid-April 2011 and will be announced on here and the DISRC.
Update – 28 January 2011
The DISRC (http://www.disrc.com or http://www.divingincidents.com is being added to almost daily with more than a hundred articles and references already added. You can follow updates via Twitterhttp://twitter.com/disrc or subscribe to an email on the DISRC site.
Gareth Lock will be presenting at the Tek 2011 and LIDS diving conferences at the end of Mar 2011 in at the ExCel conference centre, London. More details and tickets can be found here at the LIDS/Tek 2011 website
Update – 10 November 2010
Update – 15 October 2010
Gareth Lock will be presenting to the Eurotek 2010 Technical Diving Conference on 17 October. The presentation will look at how Human Factors can contribute to Diving Accidents and Incidents and what can be done to identify their contribution and what can be done to mitigate them. The presentation will take the form of some Human Factors theory adopted from civil aviation work to recreational diving and then a case study will be presented showing how the links in the chain can be broken, once identified.
Update – 23 September 2010
Gareth presented to the BDSG on 7 September and the BDSG response was received on 23 September. Whilst they agreed that certain areas could be improved, their response mainly concentrated on the proposal to create a new reporting system rather than addressing many of the other 21 recommendations raised in the report. BSAC have stated that they will design a new online form to address the submission activity.
Update – 3 September 2010
The report into “Incident Reporting in the UK Recreational Diving Industry – An Assessment of Current Practices and Potential Ways to Improve Them” has now been published and can be downloaded from the ‘Report’ page linked above. The Annexes and Executive Summary which includes recommendations are also available from the same page.