Oxygen First Aid Awareness and Preparedness Campaign



Steps to Get Your Business Oxygen Prepared

Step 1: How Many Oxygen Units Does Your Business Require?

This is determined by:

  • The distance/time from land to the nearest appropriate treatment facility (with more oxygen)
  • The distance/time from the furthest dive site to shore
  • The number of boats in operation

It is also important to have backup oxygen available in case, for example, a unit needs to travel with a diver to a treatment facility, whilst others continue to dive.

Step 2: Make Sure You Have a Sufficient Supply of Oxygen

There must be enough oxygen for a diver to breathe from surfacing until reaching high-level medical care with more oxygen. Depending on your location, this could mean a few hours, but in remote difficult to reach areas, it could mean that a 24-hour supply of constant oxygen administration is required while awaiting an evacuation.

Step 3: Effective Oxygen Equipment that is Well Maintained

As shown on the above poster, equipment must be capable of supplying near-100% oxygen to a breathing diver by both:

  • A demand valve; and
  • A non-rebreather mask, with a flow rate of at least 10-15 litres per minute (lpm).

It should also be capable of supplying at least 50% oxygen to a non-breathing diver (e.g. resuscitation mask with oxygen).

Step 4: Make Sure Oxygen is Available at Each Dive Site

Ensure oxygen and equipment are readily available, functioning properly and ready to use at each dive site.

Step 5: Staff Trained in Oxygen First Aid

Make sure you have trained staff competent to provide oxygen (as well as first aid and CPR) at each dive site so an injured diver can be quickly assisted.

Step 6: DAN Can Help You

The DAN Team is available to help you implement an effective Oxygen Preparedness Plan that meets your business needs. Email sales@danap.org with the following details and you will receive advice regarding the equipment you need to ensure your business is Oxygen Prepared:

  • Your location
  • Distance to the nearest treatment facility (with basic information about this facility)
  • The number of boats you operate
  • The distance (km/time) of each dive site to land.