Goal-setting Principles for Harmonised Diving
Standards in Europe
Aimed primarily at offshore (oil and gas-related) and inland/inshore
(civil engineering and in docks and harbours) commercial diving.
November 1997. The purpose of this document is to provide a common
basis for the development of European standards for safe diving, and
the development of national diving regulations in Europe. It is
hoped that European countries will make use of this document as
Training standards for diving and hyperbaric medicine
These educational and
training standards are the result of some years of international
discussion and extensive educational experience both in diving and
hyperbaric medicine. It is based on two main documents:
and Training Standards for the Staff of Hyperbaric Medical
Centres” written in
1997 by Jordi Desola, representative of the European Committee
for Hyperbaric Medicine (ECHM), and Jurg Wendling,
representative of the European Diving Technical Committee (EDTC)
for the Joint Educational Subcommittee of the ECHM and EDTC.
Objectives for a Diving Medicine Physician based on current ECHM,
EDTC and DMAC sources”
prepared by David Elliott with subsequent input from members of
the EDTC and DMAC committees and from several non-European
members of the Pisa Initiative.
Those documents have been
reviewed by the members of the Joint Educational Subcommittee of the
ECHM and the EDTC. Training Objectives for a Hyperbaric
Medicine Physician were added (initially prepared by Wilhelm Welslau
and Jacek Kot). Based on modular structure of the training course,
teaching hours which are necessary for fulfil those training
objectives were proposed for both level 2D (Diving Medicine) and
level 2H (Hyperbaric Medicine).
Offshore Diving Regulations: Different countries
EDTC and IMCA Competence Standard
This document was prepared following several rounds of consultation
among the members of EDTC and detailed discussion at a number of
meetings. The preparation work and administration was carried out by
Crawford Logan, the UK Industry representative on EDTC. The costs of
preparation and publishing were borne by the International Marine
Contractors Association (IMCA) for which the members of EDTC would
like to express their thanks.
Fitness to dive standard
Commercial divers, being highly specialised professionals are often
working in international waters or inshore in foreign countries.
Different regulations result in complications of mutual recognition
of certifications. Until now, no European or international standard
has been in use and the British Health and Safety Executive has
abandoned a practice of evaluating foreign certifications that
eventually were considered equivalent to the British HSE Standards.