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Guernsey Law Officers announce first-time forfeited asset sharing with the United States
Friday 08 December 2017

Guernsey has today announced during a visit to the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. that it will share with the United States government approximately $14.3 million recovered while assisting U.S. prosecutors and investigators with two U.S. criminal cases in which money was laundered via Guernsey.

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Under 21 Contraception Pilot
Thursday 07 December 2017

The Committee for Employment & Social Security and the Committee for Health & Social Care have launched a pilot to provide free contraceptive services to women under the age of 21.

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Gross Domestic Product estimates increase following methodology update
Thursday 07 December 2017

Guernsey will now have a more accurate picture of what its economy looks like following work to update the methodology by which Gross Domestic Product is calculated, aligning the island to international standards.

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Diving (HSE guidance)

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Diving in Guernsey - Professional and Recreational

  • Professional Diving

    • A Code of Practice written in the UK was approved by the previous Department Commerce and Employment, after consultation with the local professional diving industry.
    • Several amendments were included but since May 2002, all professional divers must hold an approved qualification.
    • Issues dealt with in the Codes include matters such as:
      • diving project planning and risk assessment
      • dive teams and associated working practices
      • diving plant, and
      • medical checks.
    • A leaflet on commercial shellfish diving is available for download
  • Recreational Diving

    • The sport of amateur diving is loosely regulated in the islands by two organisations:
      • PADI (the Professional Association of Dive Instructors) and
      • BSAC (the British Sub-Aqua Club).
    • Both organisations operate strict training regimes which include both theory and practical instruction.  Whilst this instruction can be on a non-commercial basis, the popularity of the sport has seen BSAC and PADI approved schools being set up to operate on a commercial basis.
    • Health and Safety legislation does not extend to the private individual diving for recreational purposes.  However, when that individual is being taught by a trained instructor who is charging a fee for monetary gain, the law is applicable.
    • The instructor and school have explicit duties to their students in exactly the same way that the Office for Education, Sport and Culture have to school children whilst in their care, or to customers attending a concert in the sports hall at Beau Sejour.
    • It was therefore decided that in order to clarify the duties of instructors operating for gain, that the approved Code of Practice made in the UK, under the Diving at Work Regulations 1997, should be approved locally with certain amendments.
    • The code of practice, written in co-operation with BSAC and PADI, is therefore very relevant to the local diving scene.  However, failure to observe the code is not an offence in itself but it can be taken as proving that the defendant has failed to comply with the Health and Safety at Work (General) (Guernsey) Ordinance, 1987, unless he can demonstrate that he has complied with the Ordinance in some alternative and equally effective way.
  • Approved Codes of Practice

    • The following ACOP's are available in printed form from the Health hand Safety Executive:
      • Recreational Diving
      • Inland / inshore Diving
    • The Approved Code of Practice in inland/inshore diving requires that a person should not act as a diving contractor without submitting relevant particulars to the Health and Safety Executive.  This can be done using the form 'Diving Contractors Notification Form' which is available for download.
  • Approved Medical Examiners of Divers (AMED)

    • the following Medical Practitioners in the Bailiwick of Guernsey are appointed as AMED (list correct as of 01 April 2017):
      • Dr Brian Parkin, Rohais Surgery, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1FF (GMC number 2709435)
      • Dr Sally Simmons, Island Medical Centre, Sundial Surgery, Le Val, St Anne, Alderney GY9 3UL (GMC number 6154228)
    • The Examination and Assessment form is recognised by the UK HSE under a mutual recognition memorandum of understanding.





Diving - Contractors Information Health and Safety at Work (General) (Guernsey) Ordinance 1987 as amended - version May 2016 Shellfish Diving (Guernsey) Guidance Booklet

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