The Scientific Diving and Small Boat Safety Committee (SD-SBSC) at Boston University oversees diving and boating performed as a necessary component of research or educational activity by faculty, students, and other employees involved in research. The SD-SBSC fulfills the role of the Diving Control Board (DCB) described in the BU Scientific Diving Safety Manual and the role of the SD-SBSC described in the BU Small Boat Safety Manual.

The Scientific Diving & Small Boat Safety program is cross-disciplinary and applies to any academic / scientific research activity such as:

  • Engineering
  • Archeology
  • Anthropology
  • Physical Education
  • Earth Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Marine Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences


Committee Members

The SD-SBSC is comprised of faculty, trainees, and staff members from academic departments involved in scientific diving and small boat operations. The committee also includes members from the Environmental Health & Safety Department (EHS), Risk Management, and International Programs. Committee representatives are appointed by the Associate Vice President of Research Compliance.

Members

  • Pete Buston, Ph.D. (Chairperson, Assistant Professor of Biology)
  • Michelle Auerbach (Executive Director, Research Integrity and Assurance)
  • Sarah Driscoll (Assistant Diving Safety Officer, New England Aquarium)
  • Joseph Finkhouse, Ph.D. (Associate Director of Health, Safety & Security)
  • Wally Fulweiler, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Earth and Environment and Biology)
  • Jeff Godfrey (Dive Safety Officer, University of Connecticut)
  • Anya Hanson (Dive Safety Officer, University of Rhode Island)
  • Narineh Nazarian (Dive Safety Officer)
  • Randi Rotjan, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Biology)
  • Diane Thompson, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Earth and Environment)

Regular Invitees

  • James Donohue (Director of Risk Management)
  • Thomas Gorham (Associate Director, Campus and Clinical Safety)
  • Jennifer Hutchinson (Assistant Director, Research Integrity for the Safety Committees Program)
  • Cliff Merritt (Aquatics Manager, Fitness & Recreation Center)
  • Ron Morales (Director of Research Safety, EHSEnvironmental Health & Safety)
  • Heather Skinner (Assistant Director, Research Integrity for Conflicts of Interest/Export Control)
  • Kevin Tuohey (Executive Director, Research Compliance)
  • Patricia Urick, MSN, FNP-BC (Nurse Practitioner)
  • Cassie Williams (Senior Compliance Specialist, Safety Committees)

For information about Dive Safety Committee membership, please contact divesafe@bu.edu.


Snorkelers

The SD-SBSC has provided guidance on Snorkeling in the BU Snorkeling Standards.


Boaters

Boating does not require a strict training or authorization process at BU, but small boat operations involve certain risks that must be addressed prior to beginning any field work. For assistance, the SD-SBSC has provided guidance in the BU Small Boat Safety Manual .

Float Plans

As outlined in the BU Small Boat Safety Manual, any research projects involving boating require submission of Float Plans for proposed boating excursions, which must be approved by the Dive Safety Officer in advance. Float Plans should be submitted to Divesafe@bu.edu.


Contacts

DiveSafe

For general inquiries about Scientific Diving Safety, and for all submissions of Dive Plans, Dive Logs, and other program documentation, the best contact is the DiveSafe email account.

Email: divesafe@bu.edu

Research Occupational Health Program

Additionally, the Boston University Research Occupational Health Program (ROHP) provides prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for work-related injuries and illnesses for the employees of Boston University in compliance with OSHA, CDC, and other regulatory requirements. ROHP can be accessed by visiting the Research Occupational Health Program page, by emailing rohp@bu.edu, or by calling 617-414-ROHP (7647).


For further information on scientific and commercial diving, please visit the following links:

American Academy of Underwater Sciences

Scientific Boating Safety Association

Divers Alert Network

United States Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division