Offshore Diving Regulations
The Dutch made important
changes to their offshore diving regulations which came into force in
January this year by amalgamating the two previously separate regimes
for offshore and all other types of diving. All diving activities now
come under the Dutch working conditions legislation 'Arbeidsomstandighedenwetgeving'
or shortened to 'Arbowet'!
A number of new articles,
specific to offshore diving have been added to this legislation. These
are summarised below:
Article 6.14 a Medical
Examination Of Divers:
· All people
carrying out any operations underwater (or under pressure) now need an
annual medical examination
· The medical examination must be carried out by an authorised
doctor-Duikerarts (approved Dutch doctor)
· Those doctors are authorised by the Minister of Social Affairs
(Ministerie van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid) (SZW)
NB Any diver working
in the Netherlands must hold a valid in-date medical certificate. For
any diver whose medical certificate of fitness to dive has been renewed
since I January 2003 - to be able to work in the
Dutch sector the diver will need to have a new certificate issued by an
approved Dutch doctor.
All divers with in-date medicals from 2002 are able to work in
the Dutch sector until their medical expires.
Article 6.14 b Doctors
Authorised to Carry Out Medical Examinations of Divers
There are two categories
A - certified to conduct annual re-examinations
· Category B - certified to conduct annual re-examinations and
· Doctors approved by SZW through their appointed agent - the Netherlands
Attached at Appendix
I is a list of approved doctors.
Article 6.1 5 a Certification of Diving systems
· Diving systems, including support equipment, after any construction,
modification or repair, or following initial use, needs to be inspected
and tested annually
· Inspections and tests to be carried out by Dutch Authorities
or a recognised certifying institute appointed by the Dutch authorities
· After inspection and testing, a report is to be prepared . The
Minister or certifying institute will issue a Certificate of Acceptance
including the report once the institute has confirmed that the system
and support spread is in compliance with the criteria laid down by the
· A copy of the certificate should be retained at the working site
. The certifying institute will be appointed by the Minister of Social
· A panel of experts have set up criteria for standards for these
· There will be minimum requirements for diving equipment
· The Accreditation Council will be involved
Article 6.15 Working
· The Diving
Permit no longer exists
· Working Instructions to be submitted to the State Supervision
of Mines (SSM) for review
" This is a one-off exercise, but the State Supervision of Mines
(SSM) is to be informed if content has changed from previous submissions
" Confirmation that manuals and documents sent to State Department
of Mines in the past for issuing permits are still applicable
NB The minimum content of the Working Instructions is provided in Appendix
Article 6.17 Notification
five days before commencement of diving activities to be sent to SSM
" Need to fill in the 'Notification before Commencement of Diving
Activities' form (available from SSM)
" Special attention regarding the health and safety risks at the
diving location - a site specific task risk assessment to be carried out
Article 6.16 Diving
" All supervisors
will be required to have a valid supervisor certificate
" These are issued by the Dutch Minister or by his appointed designated
institute - the Netherlands Diving Centre
" There is a transitional period of I year, ending on 31 December
NB Information received
this week from the NDC on the 'assessment of certificates for commercial
diving, diving supervisor and diving medical assistance - general information'
is provided at Appendix 3. At Appendix 4 is the specific information relating
to supervisors - assessment criteria diving supervisor certificate. IMCA
will be entering into dialogue with NDC regarding their request for 'mutual
acceptance' of diving supervisor certificates.
Article 6.16 Divers
" All divers
need to be in possession of a valid diving certificate
" These are issued by the National Diving Centre (NDC)
" There is a transitional period of I year, ending 31 December 2003
NB Information on
the criteria for 'Assessment of Diving Certificates' is attached at Appendix
The legislation mentions
3 types of diver first aid certificates:
" The diver first
aid certificate - for 2 man diving teams only
" Medical Aspects of Diving A (MAD-A) for all air diving
" Medical Aspects of Diving B (MAD-B) for mixed gas/bell diving
Appendix 3 provides some information on the these certificates.
diving legislation now comes under the Ministry of Social Affairs, enforcement
of the legislation remains with the State Supervision of Mines.
1. List of approved doctors.
2. Notification of diving, including working instructions.
3. Assessment of certificates.
4. Assessment criteria - diving supervisor certificate.
5. Criteria for assessment of diving certificates.