Underwater oxy-arc cutting, or ‘burning’, is the process of cutting materials (generally ferrous metals) with a tool that combines oxygen and heat to oxidize or melt the parent material. The method has been utilized extensively in diving. The frequency of diver fatalities, injuries, incidents, and asset damage occurring while using this process, continues to be unacceptably high. Divers engaged in burning need to be competent. Competency is achieved through training, knowledge, and experience.
IOGP has developed IOGP Report 471 – Oxy-arc underwater cutting recommended practice to assist with managing this activity and to provide control measures and guidance to ensure safe execution.
This Report is available to download from the IOGP publications library.