Material Safety Requirements of Hyperbaric Facilities

by William J. Bobisch, Chf. Engr.; Naval Facilities Engrg., Command, Washington, DC,
Michael Yachnis, Consultant; Deep Water Structures, Naval Facilities Engrg. Command, Washington, DC,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 7, Pg. 1465-1474

Document Type: Journal Paper


All Navy experiences to date indicate the extreme importance of careful testing of men and equipment in hyperbaric facilities prior to actually undertaking the operation in the ocean environment. In addition, hyperbaric facilities have been extensively utilized for medical treatment. The requirement for larger sizes of hyperbaric chambers and higher pressures, as well as the involvement of personnel as occupants and operators of hyperbaric facilities make it mandatory to take all necessary precautions to avoid accidents or incidents and to provide for casualty recovery. Herein the requirements that should be met during the certification process for materials safety of shore based new hyperbaric facilities, are outlined.

Subject Headings: Safety | Materials processing | Equipment and machinery | Ocean engineering | Health care facilities | Pressure vessels | Accidents | Licensure and certification

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