Pearl producers meet over safety standards

WA's Pearl Producers' Association says producers are planning to meet to assess whether safety standards in the industry can be improved.

The ABC's Four Corners program last night in a story about the death of Jarrod Hampton, 22, while pearl diving off Broome in April.

The association's Brett McCallum says the industry was recently deemed to be meeting Safe Work Australia's guidelines.

Mr McCallum says while safety will be discussed at the meeting, it was not prompted by the Four Corners program.

"If there's been errors made or gaps in what we need to do, then the industry will assess those and try to meet them," he said.

"The industry is meeting over the next few weeks as an industry in total and we'll be reviewing the outcomes to date and where we might move forward in the future." The industry is waiting on a Coroner's report.

Although the police report into Mr Hampton's death has been finalised, the Coroner has to wait for a Worksafe WA report which could take years to complete.

McCallum says the industry meets current safety standards.

"Paspaley will assess their procedures, no doubt, and the industry through our guidance material to our members in our code of practice will also be reviewed to see if there can be improvements made," he said.

The Maritime Union of Australia has called for a number of safety measures to be implemented.

Among the measures, a spokesman says first aid training should be compulsory for deckhands and skippers, as well as the requirement for a higher ratio of experienced to trainee divers on all pearling vessels.

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