What is RF3 all about?
“The main aim of RF3 is to evaluate the state of the art”, stated Dr. Neal Pollock, DAN’s Research Director and one of the organisers behind RF3. “In a nutshell the theme of RF3 is to improve understanding, which we hope will translate to improved safety across the board.
We’re are going to assess the current situation regarding manufacturing, testing, training and diving protocols to check that we are doing this as safely as we can, and highlight areas that need improving for the community to move forward. We have convened this conference to tap the wisdom of many, rather than relying on the interpretations of any few. Doing it this way allows us to pull together all the different views and we then assess the results through one lens.
The reality is that we still have a number of fatalities every year. At RF3 we intend to be as honest as we can about issues and address every one of them. Most current standards and practices are based on good intentions and experience. The interaction of many factors, however, can create problems not originally anticipated. Our goal is to look critically at the collective to see how we might be able to do things better and safer.”
So why will RF3 be useful to the Industry? When you understand where something is failing; be it manufacturing, training or diving protocols, then everyone benefits from knowing how failures can occur. Then we can see and evaluate how to successfully improve performance.”
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