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Jacek Kot, Zdzisław Sićko: New Polish occupational health and safety regulations for underwater works

In Poland, the new regulation of the Ministry of Health on Occupational Health for Underwater Works (dated 2007) pursuant to the Act on Underwater Works (dated 2003) has just been published. It is dedicated for commercial, non-military purposes. It defines health requirements for commercial divers and candidates for divers, medical assessment guide with a list of specific medical tests done on initial and periodical medical examination in order for a diver or a candidate for diver to be recognised fit for work, health surveillance during diving operations, compression and decompression procedures, list of content for medical equipment to be present at any diving place, formal qualifications for physicians conducting medical assessment of divers, requirements for certifications confirming the medical status of divers and candidates for divers. Decompression tables cover divings up to 120 meters of depth using compressed air, oxygen, nitrox and heliox as breathing mixtures. There are also decompression tables for repetitive diving, altitude diving and diving in the high-density waters (mud diving). It this paper, general description of health requirements for divers, as well as decompression tables that are included in the new Regulation on Occupational Health for Underwater Works are presented.

KEYWORDS

regulations, commercial divings, underwater works, breathing mixture, decompression table


National Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine, Institute of Maritime and Tropical Medicine in Gdynia,
Medical University of Gdańsk,
Powstania Styczniowego 9 B, 81-519 Gdynia, Poland

Address for correspondence:
Dr Jacek Kot, MD, PhD
National Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine, Institute of Maritime and Tropical Medicine,
Powstania Styczniowego 9 B, 81-519 Gdynia,
Fax: +48 58 6222789
E-mail: jkot@gumed.edu.pl

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Medical University of Gdansk, Interdepartmental Institute of Maritime and Tropical Medicine
81-519 Gdynia, ul. Powstania Styczniowego 9 B, fax. +48 58 622 3354